KATTER’S Australia Party offers conservative voters an alternative voice for rural Australia, similar to what the Greens offers left-wing voters, according to the party’s lead NSW senate candidate Peter Mailler.
Mr Mailler was in Orange on Monday as part of the NSW Business Chamber’s small business campaign.
He said the current government was preoccupied by big business and his party’s fundamental promise was to provide more support for small businesses and the economy.
“Small business employs two-thirds of the workforce in this country,” Mr Mailler said.
“Seventy per cent of a small business operator’s time is spent on government compliance.”
Mr Mailler admitted it was a challenge to balance workplace entitlements with what was best for small businesses and penalty rates were causing small businesses to close on certain days, making under-employment an increasing problem.
“One of our platforms is that there should be a different award system for small businesses,” he said.
“Job satisfaction is a bigger motivator for people than rate of pay.”
Katter’s Australia Party hopes to beat out opponents the Greens, and Shooters and Fishers party to secure a NSW senate seat.
Mr Mailler hoped voters would consider the party as a better alternative to the National Party to represent the rural and regional parts of the state.
“Bob [Katter] is certainly well known and well recognised and a lot of people do identify with what he’s saying about the impact of the unchecked dominance of major corporations and foreign interests in Australia,” he said.
Mr Mailler said opposition to same-sex marriage was one of few issues were there was a party line, but people misunderstood Mr Katter’s view.
“My personal view is that... there is a range of issues far more worthy of a conversation,” he said.