IAN Lyons would bar all followers of the “deadly religion” of Islam from immigrating to Australia if the Christian Democratic Party candidate had his way.
“We can’t allow any more Muslims to come to this country ... we are going to lose our Australian way of life,” he said.
“They’re dedicated to overturning all western countries ... already in Australia there is a push for sharia law.”
The 73-year-old farmer and Assembly of God pastor lives in Molong with his wife Judith Anne.
His pitch to becoming Calare’s federal representative is his first tilt at politics.
Mr Lyons said it was his party’s policy to stop all illegal asylum seekers but increase legal immigration.
“We follow generally the same policy as the Coalition are proposing,” he said.
“But we’d also give preference to Christian asylum seekers.”
For Mr Lyons the Coalition’s policies are the best fit on most of the issues that will decide this weekend’s election.
But Tony Abbott’s $5.5 billion a year paid parental leave scheme is one policy the Fred Nile follower can’t support.
“The Coalition’s is probably the best scheme, but it’s too expensive,” he said about the scheme offering working mothers earning up to $150,000 each year six months’ leave on full pay.
“They say big business will pay but they’ll pass it on.
“Generally speaking I support the Labor scheme.”
Despite the similarity between his party’s policies and the Coalition’s, Mr Lyons said voters should choose him to represent Calare because he represents good Godly values.
“The other parties change their minds depending on the votes they’ll get,” he said.
Same sex marriage is one of the key issues the party opposes and for Mr Lyons homosexual acts between men and women are unnatural.
“I think there are many reasons people become homosexual and we need to look at the reasons rather than condemn them to a miserable life,” he said.
Mr Lyons believes a gay person’s life is bound to be miserable because they will “never know the full joy of marriage”, but because homosexual sex is “quite repugnant” they should never be allowed to marry.
“No matter what we think, it’s what God thinks that counts,” he said.
When it comes to climate change, Mr Lyons admits to being a sceptic and said the carbon price was useless.
“But I’m all for cleaning up pollution and more green power,” he said.
“There’s a lot of evidence to say climate change is not occurring.
“They say the sea levels will rise but from what I’ve seen the Sydney Harbour is exactly the same level it was 30 years ago.”
He doesn’t “know a lot about” the Coalition’s direct action climate policy but thinks it’s a better alternative to Labor’s ETS.
He also admits to having “limited knowledge” of the major parties’ approaches to the national broadband network but feels the Coalition’s model is the way to go for Calare.
“It’s very difficult to lay cable to every farm,” he said.
“It’s about what is the most efficient at the least cost.”
On coal seam gas exploration, his party would call for a moratorium until more research is carried out to assess the impact and avoid polluting agriculture’s valuable water supply.
For Calare more federal funding for water storage and roads are key things he would push for.
Increasing the aged pension by 20 per cent is another priority, as it’s not enough to live on, and if money can’t be saved elsewhere income tax increases would be the way to fund it, Mr Lyons said.
But Newstart should stay at its current level.
“I don’t think [Newstart] is designed to be something to live on,” he said.
Another key Coalition aim to return the budget to surplus as soon as possible is “reasonably important” according to Mr Lyons.
“We can’t just overspend, we have to try and keep a constraint on the budget and repay our debts.”