PETER Schultze’s decision to link up with the Australia First Party was made because of his frustration with the major political parties.
“Basically, I was sick of the way things were going with the major parties who have become an absolute joke who don’t seem to care about anything else but their own interest agendas,” Mr Schultze said.
“I want to give the people of Calare some choice and the chance to vote for someone who will stand up for them in this electorate. Much the same as what the late Peter Andren was able to achieve.”
The 27-year-old from Bathurst, who lives at Wyndradyne with his partner, is a former Penrith resident who moved to the region in search of a better quality of life.
He was employed at the Cadia mine in Orange until recently and now works at the Allied Timber Products facility at Raglan.
Mr Schultze said that as a former mine worker he is aware of the destruction of Australian national assets by the multinational corporations.
He is shocked and dismayed by Rio Tinto which has offloaded its majority stake in the Northparkes copper and gold mine near Parkes to a Chinese mining company, China Molybdenum, which has agreed to pay $884 million for Rio’s 80 per cent stake in the mine.
“I believe that the wealth of Australia should progressively be returned to the Australian people,” he said.
“This electorate takes in rich farming, mining and other productive lands, yet the profits are not serving the Australian people. The number of Australians able to enjoy a living on the land is declining.
“The National Party does certainly not represent Australian rural interests. It has sold Australia out via the implementation of the Lima Agreement, GATS (general agreement on trade in services) and Agenda 21 interests.”
Mr Schultze said he wants to see Australia’s budget get back into surplus.
“However, while I do believe we need to get back into surplus we really need to consider at what cost this could be achieved,” he said. “I would hate to see infrastructure projects and services such as health and education neglected to achieve this end,” he said.
As for the best NBN policy for Calare, Mr Schultze said he would push for funding for the highest quality system we can afford to delivery faster services in the bush and agrees with Labor’s policy on the rollout of this.
When it comes to coal seam gas mining Mr Schultze said he was opposed to it, no matter where it was being proposed.
“There are health issues involved and I believe we have plenty of other natural resources to tap into such as natural gas,” he said.
On the issue of paid parental leave, Mr Schultze would like to find a common ground between the Coalition’s offer of up to $75,000 and Labor’s plan.
“That $75,000 is a bit over the top if you ask me,” he said. “Also, I wouldn’t be increasing the Newstart allowance payment and believe there could be better ideas in this regard, but I firmly believe in an increase for pensioners.
“These people deserve all they get after a lifetime of service to the community. The funding could come from a tax on big business and better financial practices.”
Like coal seam gas mining, Mr Schultze’s opinion on same-sex marriage is also a big “no” because he says he has Christian values.
Mr Schultze said that the election in Calare was taking a decided ideological flavour.
“The Palmer United Party is the party of the mining oligarchs that wants mass migration to fuel development. The Democratic Labor Party makes some sense about protecting Aussie manufacturing, but also is an immigration party that favours refugee arrivals and continued population growth,” he said.
“The Greens are rabid refugee advocates with a liberal social agenda. The major parties service the same foreign driven economic forces as ever.
“In Australia First Party, people have another option - an unashamed Australianist interest. For the record, I oppose all refugee admissions - legal, illegal, whatever.”
Mr Schultze said the Australia First Party has included the nationalisation of the Lithgow arms industry and the revival of an Australian military weapons industry as a matter of urgency.