Who will you vote for in this election?
Who will you vote for in this election? Rob Wright

WIDE BAY DECIDES: Meet your candidates

ON SATURDAY, May 18, residents in the Wide Bay electorate will join the nation to cast their votes in the federal election.

South Burnett towns in the Wide Bay electorate include Murgon, Cherbourg, Byee, Windera and Cloyna.

To help residents make the most informed decision, we contacted each of the candidates for Wide Bay to get their views on a range of topics.

The four questions we asked each of the candidates are:

1) Why are you running for the seat?

2) Major focuses?

3) What are the biggest issues facing the region?

4) After you, who will be the best candidate for the region?

Daniel Bryar, The Greens

Daniel Bryar, The Greens.
Daniel Bryar. Contributed

1) Why are you running for the seat?

I'm running because big corporations have too much influence on government decisions, and both major parties are equally to blame.

But the Greens are working for a future in which all of us have what we need to live healthier, fuller and more rewarding lives.

2) Major focuses?

All Australians deserve to live a good life with access to quality healthcare, education, housing and affordable essential services such as electricity.

3) What are the biggest issues facing the region?

Any mention of big issues that ignores climate change is ignoring the elephant in the room.

Climate change presents the single greatest threat to our planet and our economy.

4) After you, who will be the best candidate for the region?

If I am not to be the elected candidate, then I would like to see Jason Scanes win the seat.

Jason Scanes, Labor

Jason Scanes (Labor) Wide Bay
Jason Scanes.

1) Why are you running for the seat?

To stand up for those and get a better deal for those in the region.

It is about people before politics.

To deliver more than just words and promises that we get from our current politicians.

2) Major focuses?

More jobs and more investment to education and health.

$200 million being spent on existing TAFE campuses and 150,000 more apprentice positions.

As well as 15 hours a week, 40 weeks a year of free kindergarten.

3) What are the biggest issues facing the region?

The mobile black spots that were supposed to be delivered by current government.

Get those investments in jobs and industries like education and health.

4) After you, who will be the best candidate for the region?

We have to stick with the major political parties. They have got the policies and backing behind them.

People say Labor don't care about the farmers, I think it is very naive to think any political party doesn't care about the farmers.

Andrew Schebella, United Australia Party

Andrew Schebella, United Australia Party
Andrew Schebella. Contributed

1) Why are you running for the seat?

I am sick and tired of our governments selling off our infrastructure and our land to foreign countries.

2) Major focuses?

The people of Wide Bay deserve a better lifestyle, opportunities, a brighter future for their families.

The United Australia Party will create tax breaks through the reintroduction of a 20 per cent zonal tax concession for people living 200km outside a capital city.

United Australia Party will introduce the Australia fund which will be there to support our farmers in hardship.

3) What are the biggest issues facing the region?

Owning your own home is something every Australian should be able to do.

When in government we intend to make home loans tax deductable.

This will boost the construction industry and again create employment opportunities.

4) After you, who will be the best candidate for the region?

I will not get into a candidate debate about who is second best. This is for the voting public to decide.

Wide Bay MP Llew O'Brien.
Wide Bay MP Llew O'Brien. Contributed

Llew Obrien LNP

1) Why are you running for the seat?

I moved to Gympie when I was 15 and served Wide Bay communities as a police officer for 16 years prior to entering parliament in 2016.

I am committed to supporting vibrant South Burnett communities, strengthening agriculture, creating a sustainable environment, and building a strong economy.

2) Major focuses?

I've secured funding to make the Bruce Highway safer and more efficient and Liberal and Nationals Government investments at Teys Murgon and Nolan Meats in Gympie are creating jobs. 

I have worked with the dairy industry to end the supermarket giants' destructive dollar milk price war and I am committed to helping farmers receive a fairer return for their produce.

3) What are the biggest issues facing the region?

Easing cost of living pressures, creating jobs, and providing tax relief and helping tackle electricity costs are essential for people in the South Burnett. 

I will also continue to work to improve community safety by extending the CCTV camera network and security lighting to make local streets safer. 

4) After you, who will be the best candidate for the region?

Deciding which of Labor, The Greens or Independent's policies would have the worst social and economic impact on Wide Bay is difficult.

Tim Jerome, Independent

Tim JeromePhoto: Contributed
Tim Jerome. Contributed

1) Why are you running for the seat?

I am running in this election because I want our Australia back from the lying politicians who have sold out our country and this region.

I personally have had enough. I want to do something about it. I want to be a voice for change and a voice for the average forgotten Aussie.

2) Major focuses?

The gap between the rich and the middle to low income earners is getting wider and wider.

It's time for every Australian to make a stand against what is going on and say we want our Australia back.

3) What are the biggest issues facing the region?

Like everywhere, middle to low income workers are struggling to pay bills as wages are not keeping up with the cost of living.

Agriculture/farming is one of the biggest industries in the region, but this current government does not see it as a priority.

4) After you, who will be the best candidate for the region?

I believe most of the other candidates are in it for the wrong reasons. For most of them it is just a big game and nothing more than a job as is the case with our current member.

Jasmine Smith, Fraser Anning's Conservative National Party.

Jasmine Smith, Fraser Anning's Conservative National Party
Jasmine Smith. Contributed

1) Why are you running for the seat?

I joined the party because I believe Fraser Anning's Conservative National Party is the only party putting Australians first.

I am a passionate Aussie who has spent my entire life in regional Queensland.

I want to see Australia become Australian again.

2) Major focuses?

Helping small businesses and the farmers.

Infrastructure, road congestion, jobs and the health care system.

3) What are the biggest issues facing the region?

Reducing immigration numbers until we get to a fully employed level (defined as 3 to 4 per cent).

Ending Muslim immigration so we can have a cohesive society and getting out of the UN.

Water infrastructure like the Bradfield idea built to minimise droughts in Queensland.

4) After you, who will be the best candidate for the region?

If I am not successful, I would like to see anyone other than the two party preferred or Greens elected.

Aaron Vico from Pauline Hanson's One Nation party was contacted but did not provide a response.