Australian Conservatives candidate Richard Bateman has told The Penola Pennant newspaper why he's standing:
"After two meetings with Robert Brokenshire along with a persuasive phone call, I realised that someone needed to take a stand for MacKillop," he said.
"We had been the forgotten electorate, being a safe Liberal seat, where they did not need to fight for their votes, and Labor know they will never win, so they do not care."
"We really have just been the “cash cow” for the city-centric governments who continually ignore our plight, with poor road maintenance, retraction of health services, lack of support for health services, lack of support for mobile phone towers, continual increase in NRM levies, undermining of the community with a push to introduce fracking and the push to drop speed limits, adding to driving fatigue," he continued.
"I saw a growing discontent within the community, voters were looking for alternatives, and I do not see SA Best as a realistic alternative as we need to be driven by common sense and principled values."
"After consulting with close friends, they also convinced me to take the challenge and stand. With a spiralling debt, currently around $14 billion, and no obvious plan to curtail spending, let alone return the budget to surplus, we need a new direction and accountability," Mr Bateman said.
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