Australia goes to the polls on Saturday May 21 to elect our Federal representatives. We asked our 50,000+ Northern Beaches Living followers what questions they would like to ask their candidates. Every candidate running in our local electorate of Warringah received the same questions and the same opportunity to respond.

 

Below are their responses (in alphabetical order by candidate surname). Any candidate who has not yet responded may do so at any time and we will add to this list – just contact info@thelivingcollective.com.au.

 

But first, a bit about voting in the Federal Election Warringah…

Do I have to vote? Yes, enrolling and voting is compulsory for Australian citizens aged 18 years and over.

Where can I vote? You can vote at any polling place in your state or territory on election day. Polling places are open from 8am to 6pm. To find your nearest polling place visit aec.gov.au/where

How can I vote early in person? If you are eligible, you can vote before election day at an early voting centre (open from May 9). For more information and to check if you’re eligible visit aec.gov.au/early or call 13 23 26.

How can I vote early by post? Postal voting is available to eligible voters. Check your eligibility and apply online at aec.gov.au/pva. Complete your application for a postal vote so it reaches the AEC by no later than 6pm Wednesday May 18 2022.

How can I make my vote count? On election day you will be given two ballot papers, a small green one for the House of Representatives, and a large white one for the Senate. You must complete both ballot papers.

On the green ballot paper for House of Representatives you must number every box in the order of your choice.

One the white ballot paper for Senate you have a choice of two ways to vote; either:

– Above the line (for parties or groups): If you choose to vote above the line you need to number at least 6 boxes
– Below the line (for individual candidates) : If you choose to vote below the line, you need to number at least 12 boxes

On either ballot paper, don’t worry if you make a mistake. You can ask for another ballot paper and start again. You can also practise voting on the AEC website – visit aec.gov.au/practise

Federal Election Warringah Candidates (in alphabetical order)

Katherine Deves, Liberal Party of Australia (NSW Division)

1. Give us your elevator pitch – why should the people of Warringah vote for you?

I will be a strong voice for my community. I have the front line experience of the real issues that are affecting the people of Warringah. am a strong voice for common sense, sensible policy and sound decision making to make Warringah the best place to live, work and raise a family. Don’t let the media coverage I have received to date prejudice you about me, all it has shown is if I am knocked down 7 times, I will always get up 8.

2. What is your connection to the Warringah area and tell us three places in the electorate that you love.

My partner David and I are raising our three daughters here. David was raised in Warringah and his business as a tradesman services the local community.

Manly Dam is a hidden gem; it is a beautiful natural resource for picnicking, hiking, mountain biking and swimming. The playground has recently been updated by the Council. We are members of South Curly SLSC where the girls participate in Nippers. South Curly is a beautiful but treacherous beach, if the girls can learn their surf craft there then they will be able to survive most conditions. The rock pool there is a favourite swimming spot for many locals.

You also cannot go past Balmoral, North Head, and Middle Head.

3. What do you see as the key issues Australian people will consider when casting their vote in the Federal Election Warringah?

I have dedicated my time these last 6 weeks to heading out every day into our community to do nothing other than listen to people. Without a doubt, the top issues of concern are costs of living, housing affordability, national security, services for families, mental health, especially men’s mental health, health services, infrastructure, a strong economy and CoVID small business recovery.

4. If you were to introduce one bill to bring before parliament, what would it be?

Legislation to ensure women’s economic security. Challenges remain in rebuilding our
economy and creating jobs for all Australian, including women. My focus will be on key
priorities such as rebuilding and repairing women’s workforce participation, flexibility for
families to manage work and care responsibilities, supporting women as leaders and positive role models, responding to the diverse needs of women and girls, supporting women to be safe in the workplace and at home.

5. In the event of a hung parliament, how will you vote?

I am a Liberal and excluding matters of conscience or where the free vote is appropriate, I
will vote with the party. My contribution to robust debate and policy development is ongoing in the party room. It is in the party room that I will make sure that Warringah’s voice is heard once more.

Independents have not been transparent with the electorate on this issue. They mislead the electorate when they say that they will vote on the issues. In a Westminster system, in the event of a hung parliament, the Governor General will as the caretaker Prime Minister, Mr Morrison if he can form a government in his name. It is at that time that the alternative Prime Minister Mr Albanese will move a vote of no confidence. No policies will be on the table at that stage, it will be the first vote of Parliament. Independents will have to vote then to support one government or another forming. They should be up front with the voters before the election as to how they will vote on this first vote, and what deals they will do with which party to give that vote of confidence.

6. Give us a brief overview of your position on the following:

– Whether there should be a Federal ICAC

I will support the Government’s Integrity Commission that will have the power to examine seriously criminally corrupt conduct and will have the same powers as a Royal Commission to investigate criminal conduct in the Public Sector. I cannot support the models proposed by Labor and the Independents as they will erode the rule of law by undermining important elements of the judicial process, which will damage the strength and wellbeing of our democracy.

– How Australia should handle the recent news of China’s involvement in the Solomon Islands

The Australian government is this country’s biggest donor. Clearly the PRC’s move to establish military links with the Islands is a challenge for Australia and our allies. No doubt we will continue to donate large amounts of aid and maintain good international relations with our Pacific neighbours. A strong economy and national security policy will be our answer to the prospect of a foreign State aggression.

– What action needs to be taken on climate change

No one disputes the need to take strong action on climate. The Morrison Government has a fully costed future focused technological approach to one of the many important international problems facing Australians today.

– How small businesses struggling in the wake of Covid can be assisted

The Morrison Government is delivering a strong economy to provide a good environment for supporting small and medium enterprise in the hard yards of CoVid recovery.

– What can be done to ease the soaring costs of living in Australia

The Morrison Government that has a plan to responsibly relieve cost of living pressures, create more jobs, guarantee the essential services and keep Australians safe.

7. How will you stay in touch with the people in your electorate to make sure their views are represented in Canberra?

I will continue to create a variety of circumstances where I can continue listening to
our community on the issues that concern them so I can better represent them and
give them back their voice in Federal Parliament.

8. How can we learn more about your views and stay in touch with your campaign for the Federal Election Warringah ?

Please follow me on Facebook and Instagram (@katherinedeves4warringah), or my
official website https://nswliberal.org.au/Katherine-Deves.

You will be able to find details of where I am appearing in person on social media, and
please do come and say hello on the hustings and on pre-poll where I will be out and
about every day.

Kristyn Glanville, The Greens NSW

1. Give us your elevator pitch – why should the people of Warringah vote for you?

I am running to fight for a healthy environment, safe climate, and a just society.  Through my background as an environment and planning lawyer and Ph D  Student in environmental regulation, as well as sitting  on the board of a community owned solar energy investor and having advised many businesses,  I have  a deep understanding of both the environmental challenges we face, but also the legal and practical strategies for addressing them. I have previously worked as a disability carer, and volunteered with local environmental groups, refugees, homeless people, and other charitable organisations. I hope to serve our community further by representing Warringah in Parliament.

2. What is your connection to the Warringah area and tell us three places in the electorate that you love.

I live in Freshwater with my husband and son, and have lived in the Northern Beaches for over 20 years, including going to school in Dee Why. I love that we live amongst nature with our beautiful beaches, lagoons, and bushland. Few other places so close to the heart of Sydney still have beautiful birds and wildlife roaming. My favourite places are my local beach (Freshie), riding the Manly Ferry, and Manly Dam.

3. What do you see as the key issues Australian people will consider when casting their vote in the Federal Election Warringah?

  • Climate change – We have already begun to see how disruptive extreme weather is, impacting the farmland that supplies our food, supply chains for the products we use, habitats for the animals we love, and safety of our homes from risks like flooding, storm damage and bushfire.
  • Housing affordability – many people in Warringah are priced out of living in the area they grew up or call home, and forced to either pay huge rents or mortgages, or move away from their social support network.
  • Underfunding of social services – During the pandemic, several billionaires doubled their net worth, while many ordinary people struggled to make ends meet. It is clear that services that should ensure everyone in our community is healthy and financially secure – like aged care, disability services, early childhood education, public education, and public health – are not being funded properly and are facing incredible strain.

4. If you were to introduce one bill to bring before parliament, what would it be?

Australia is in environmental crisis, with iconic pieces of the environment such as the Great Barrier Reef under significant pressure, spurred by threats such as pollution, land clearing, climate change, invasive species, and inappropriate management. Australia lacks a federal environmental regulator with teeth, and our federal environmental legislation fails to deal with significant environment challenges like carbon emissions.  I would re-write Australia’s environmental laws, to:
  • establish a new Federal environmental protection regulator,
  • protect habitat from poorly-designed development,
  • set a goal of Zero extinction by 2030, and
  • establish a mass environmental restoration program, including to reestablish green space in our cities, regions and suburbs, and restoring damaged forests and habitats.

5. In the event of a hung parliament, how will you vote?

The Greens would support a Labor government being formed.

6. Give us a brief overview of your position on the following:

– Whether there should be a Federal ICAC

The Greens support strong measures to end rorting and corruption, including:
  • Creation of a strong Federal integrity commission to shine a light on corruption and unethical behaviour, and hold corrupt politicians accountable
  • Banning all donations from coal and gas corporations, and cap all other donations to $1,000 per year.
  • Lift parliamentary standards with an enforceable Code of Conduct.
  • Introduce truth in political advertising laws, and ensure public money is not being used to promote political party interests.
  • Fund the Australian National Audit Office to audit all government programs and stop the rorting of public funds
  • Stop Ministers taking cushy industry jobs in industries they used to regulate within 5 years of leaving parliament

– How Australia should handle the recent news of China’s involvement in the Solomon Islands

Australia should refocus its global and regional relationships to put peace at its centre, not military escalation. The Pacific Islands, and many other countries, are subject to insecurity such as climate change, and access to health, food, and water. The Greens would focus diplomatic and economic relations with countries like the Solomon Islands to reduce those sources of instability, and therefore the likelihood of war, rather than focusing on escalating tensions with China.

– What action needs to be taken on climate change

The Greens have a climate change policy which treats the issue with the urgency it requires, while ensuring we look out for workers and communities that currently rely on coal. Our fully costed plan includes:
  • Immediately ban the construction of new coal, oil and gas infrastructure
  • Help out mining workers and communities by creating long term, sustainable industries to assist in the move beyond fossil fuels and to ensure people do not lose work
  • Phase out the mining, burning and export of thermal coal by 2030
  • Stop the massive subsidies to big coal, oil and gas corporations
  • Make polluters pay for the damage they cause to people and the environment, by implementing a carbon price and levy on climate pollution we export
  • Ban all political donations from the mining and resources sector
  • Stop Resource Ministers and advisers from working for the fossil fuel industry within five years of leaving parliament
  • Support households and small businesses to move to renewable energy and batteries
  • Funding infrastructure to handle extreme weather, such as floodproofing stormwater drains and improving the capacity of our transport systems to handle heat waves.
  • Increasing vital funding for emergency services like firefighters
  • Better funding the BoM, and CSIRO to predict the impacts and help us plan

– How small businesses struggling in the wake of Covid can be assisted

Ordinary people have struggled during COVID, while the big end of town has received millions of dollars in JobKeeper despite remaining profitable. It’s clear that it’s not an even playing field between small businesses, and big business which uses its political connections to get a better deal. The Greens would clean up politics and make big business pay its fair share.
The Greens would implement an economic recovery plan views Covid recovery as an opportunity to build a new, green, economy, including:
  • Use low cost, green energy to rebuild our manufacturing industry, support new green export industries and bring back jobs that have gone overseas.
  • Establish the Manufacturing Australia Fund to help local manufacturers recover from the pandemic
  • Use government investment to drive new export industries in green hydrogen and minerals processing, ensuring Australia becomes a renewable superpower
  • Make sure the government is buying products made by local workers
  • Re-invigorate the  arts, entertainment and creative sectors excluded from JobKeeper, through additional Covid recovery funding and pandemic insurance, such as a $1bn Live Performance fund, and a $1bn Australian screen industry fund.
  • Support households and small businesses to move to renewable energy and batteries
  • Addressing two key future disruptors to small business – climate change and pandemic – including through our plan to establish a National Centre for Disease Control to ensure we can deal with the threat of new emerging diseases

– What can be done to ease the soaring costs of living in Australia

The Greens have a number of policies to address the growing pressures faced by households, including:
  • Ensuring people have fairer wages and more secure working conditions, so that they have greater security to afford their living costs
  • Boosting funding to public health to cut the cost of staying healthy, including adding mental health and dental care to Medicare, so people don’t need to pay for private health insurance to access world class care
  • Ensuring all public schools are fully funded, so families don’t have to pay out of pocket for education expenses
  • Helping households access cheaper renewable energy and battery storage, as this is now the cheapest form of new build electricity
  • Restore publicly owned essential services, so these are run for the community good, not for private profit, including creating a publicly owned non-profit power retailer
  • Building 1,000,000 new homes to slash public housing waiting lists and end homelessness, help first home buyers access the market, and create new affordable rental homes.
  • Fund our public services properly so that everyone can get a place in public health care services, aged care, childcare and school when they want one, without having to pay out of pocket costs

7. How will you stay in touch with the people in your electorate to make sure their views are represented in Canberra?

I would be keen to try different ways of engaging with the community, to suit different people and different issues. I would regularly provide updates on the work I have been doing through newsletters and social media. I would invite feedback through surveys and “town halls” on a regular basis.

8. How can we learn more about your views and stay in touch with your campaign for the Federal Election Warringah ?

The Greens full policy platform for the 2022 Federal Election is at  www.greens.org.au/platform
Manly Greens also have a website for our local activities and social media links at www.manlygreens.org.au

David Mickleburg, Australian Labor Party (NSW Branch)

No answers received as yet.

 

Kate Paterson, Animal Justice Party

Photo Credit: Northern Beaches Advocate
1. Give us your elevator pitch – why should the people of Warringah vote for you?
Im standing for election as I am dismayed at the lack of policies that protect our native, companion and farmed animals. I am also standing to help protect our natural environment from climate change from all the sources of greenhouse gas emissions, the AJP is the only party honest and brave enough to do this.I am standing to stop land clearing in critical habitats for our endangered native animals.
Right now, the healthiest colony of endangered Koalas in NSW are in danger from a large housing development that is being built. The Federal Government has proven they do not care about wildlife extinction. Animals and the environment desperately need a voice in our Federal parliament. Nature is more important than ever as we are losing bushland at an alarming rate.
2. What is your connection to the Warringah area and tell us three places in the electorate that you love.
Ive been in Warringah for nearly 25 years,I first moved to Cremorne Point when my first child was in Primary school and she attended Neutral Bay Primary, since then I’ve lived in Manly, Balgowlah and Balgowlah Heights. All three of my children have loved growing up here. Two of my children were born at Manly Hospital and they all attended the local primary school. I have also worked at Manly Hospital, volunteered in a variety of local youth organisations for several years and currently help to rescue sick and injured wildlife for a local native animal organisation.
My top 3 places have to be The Spit to Manly walk, Little Manly Beach and riding my bike up to North Head.
3. What do you see as the key issues Australian people will consider when casting their vote in the Federal Election Warringah?
There are many key issues right now. with the interest rate rise the cost of living is concerning and so is the housing affordability crisis. I worry, like most people, about my children being able to afford to buy a place of their own one day. Australia’s national security is also a huge concern and of course climate change and the lack of strong leadership surrounding this.
4. If you were to introduce one bill to bring before parliament, what would it be?
The one bill I would bring to Parliament is to declare a National Climate Emergency now.
Its time to get serious and not just look to the major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions but look at what we can do on an individual level. This is everyones problem and we need to solve it collectively.
Our politicians talk a lot about it, but real discussion surrounding all the contributors to emissions seem to be conveniently not spoken about by any of the other parties. Animal agriculture and the associated land clearing, soil degradation and water pollution must be discussed.
5. In the event of a hung parliament, how will you vote?
In a hung parliament I will vote with whichever Party or Independant matches best with our policies.

6. Give us a brief overview of your position on the following:

– Whether there should be a Federal ICAC

An ICAC is definitely overdue. I’ve always been a proponent of “if you’ve nothing to hide, you wouldn’t be against it” The fact the Government has been dodging the issue speaks volumes to me, and I’m sure, the entire electorate.

– How Australia should handle the recent news of China’s involvement in the Solomon Islands

That Australia was blind sided by China (confirming their interests in the Solomon Islands) should come as no surprise to our Federal Government seeing as though Honiara severed ties with Taiwan and officially recognised China back in 2019. China has been busy building infrastructure in the Solomon Islands for years.

The government has completely dropped the ball on our national security.
– What action needs to be taken on climate change
The AJP want to prohibit any fossil fuel expansion and transform into a carbon-free energy infrastructure, rapidly transform agriculture to allow reforestation by reducing grazing, implement a carbon tax on both the fossil fuel industry and animal agriculture and direct carbon tax income into clean energy solutions and plant based food agriculture systems and education.
– How small businesses struggling in the wake of Covid can be assisted
Small businesses need to continue to be supported in the way of tax breaks and loans from the government to help keep them in business and keep people employed.
– What can be done to ease the soaring costs of living in Australia
The increasing cost of living is creating a crisis amongst many. The cost of petrol, groceries and now an increase in interest rates. We need to help those who will be most affected, the unemployed and under-employed who need rent assistance, women fleeing domestic violence with no place to go, young home owners, the elderly. We will need financial support for those who just cannot afford to pay for basic goods and services.WE need more affordable housing and public housing.
7. How will you stay in touch with the people in your electorate to make sure their views are represented in Canberra?
I would always have an open door policy and be available to listen to people about issues affecting them in Warringah
8. How can we learn more about your views and stay in touch with your campaign for the Federal Election Warringah?
For policies go to animaljusticeparty.org  or follow me on kate.paterson.ajp on Instagram or Kate paterson Animal Justice Party Candidate for Warringah on FB

Andrew Robertson, United Australia Party

1. Give us your elevator pitch – why should the people of Warringah vote for you?

I, Andrew Robertson and the United Australia Party, have policies that will:

  • Pay off the Nation’s $1.2 trillion debt at no cost to the Australian taxpayer by implementing an Export Licence on our iron ore exports;
  • Cap owner-occupied home loan interest rates at 3% for the next five years to ensure Australians do not lose their homes when interest rates rise;
  • Ease traffic congestion in Warringah whilst simultaneously creating new jobs, including in manufacturing, by introducing Zonal Taxation Regions through regional Australia;
  • Make the first $30,000.00 paid towards a home loan on a principal place of residence tax deductible per annum; and
  • Protect the rights of all Australians via the passing of a Bill of Rights.

As far as I am aware, none of the other candidates running in Warringah have any policies to address our Nation’s debt, the cost of living pressures, the looming housing security crisis or the erosion of our rights.

2. What is your connection to the Warringah area and tell us three places in the electorate that you love.

As soon as I was old enough to choose where to live, I immediately moved to Manly. In my opinion Manly is a one of the most incredible places in the world; not only is it one of the most picturesque holiday destinations in the world, it is also one of the world’s most important financial hubs.

I am currently living in Brookvale with my wife and two young children, and still loving being on the Northern Beaches.

Three places that I love in Warringah are:

  • North Head;
  • Freshwater Beach; and
  • Balmoral Beach.

You would be hard pressed to find three more beautiful places in any electorate in the country.

3. What do you see as the key issues Australian people will consider when casting their vote in the Federal Election Warringah?

  • Inflation and cost of living pressure;
  • Housing security and affordability; and
  • Personal freedom.

4. If you were to introduce one bill to bring before parliament, what would it be?

A Bill of Rights.

I think Australians deserve to have their rights acknowledged and protected by the Federal Government, so as to ensure that no matter what threat faces our community, people have the right to meet with their friends and family, express their opinions, exercise freely, go to Church or wherever is important to them, conduct their businesses and entertain in their homes.

The Government’s response to any threat should be proportionate to the rights of the Australian people, and I believe that a Bill of Rights would ensure that Governments recognise the rights of citizens.

5. In the event of a hung parliament, how will you vote?

I will vote for policies that:

  • Protect Australian homeownership;
  • Ease the damage of rampant inflation in society;
  • Promote economic growth in Australia;
  • Secure Australia’s future by paying off our national debt with proceeds from the sale of our resources; and
  • Preserve Australian values and the rights of all Australian citizens.

6. Give us a brief overview of your position on the following:

– Whether there should be a Federal ICAC

In February 2016, Senator Dio Wang of the then Palmer United Party first proposed the need for a Federal anti-corruption body (see the Sydney Morning Herald article dated 10 February 2016 “PUP Senator Dio Wang: ‘Learn from China’ and root out corruption at national level”, for more information). I, like Dio Wang, fully support the institution of a Federal anti-corruption body.

– How Australia should handle the recent news of China’s involvement in the Solomon Islands

China’s recent involvement in the Solomon Islands has highlighted the need for the Australian people to be producing goods domestically so as to ensure that we are not solely reliant on potentially hostile nations for all of our goods. In my opinion, the Solomon Islands situation has clearly demonstrated the need for the Australian Government to be implementing policies that bring Australian manufacturing home, in order to protect our own National sovereignty in the event that our geographical neighbours take a hostile approach to our country.

– What action needs to be taken on climate change

Climate change is an issue that I would address with a group of both environmentalists, conservationists, community members and economists. I love the environment and want to see it protected; however, I also love people and do not want to make electricity so expensive that people do not turn their lights on.

– How small businesses struggling in the wake of Covid can be assisted

I would like to see small businesses given tax breaks to allow them to recover from the damage that the Government has done to them over the past three years. Small and medium businesses are the lifeblood of our economy, and I do not want to see them punished financially for being forced not to trade by our government.

– What can be done to ease the soaring costs of living in Australia

 

7. How will you stay in touch with the people in your electorate to make sure their views are represented in Canberra?

My door will always be open to the people of Warringah, and I will endeavour to reply to all of my constituents’ grievances.

In my opinion, I stand for policies that are pro-Australian, for example paying off the debt, capping interest rates to save houses and easing the cost of living; these are all non-partisan issues. As a result, I really hope that I can work alongside all of the people of Warringah to see all of us enjoy a better quality of life.

8. How can we learn more about your views and stay in touch with your campaign for the Federal Election Warringah?

Please feel free to follow me on Facebook, send me an email to warringah@unitedaustraliaparty.org.au or give me a call on 0407 342 346.

 

Zali Steggall, Independent

Image: zalisteggall.com.au

1. Give us your elevator pitch – why should the people of Warringah vote for you?

I believe Warringah deserves a positive independent and inclusive voice in Canberra. We need greater action on climate change, integrity, equality and economic repair which is not being delivered by the major parties. I will propose sensible solutions to the Parliament, work across the aisle to secure the best future for Australia and the best support for Warringah.

2. What is your connection to the Warringah area and tell us three places in the electorate that you love.

I was born in Manly Hospital, and have lived in Manly, Fairlight, and North Balgowlah. l went to Queenwood in Mosman for high school and was presented the keys to Manly after winning Australia’s first individual Winter Olympics medal in 1998. I have loved raising my kids in Warringah and enjoy being part of the local community. I was a Sea Eagles Angels member for many years and love staying fit and active in our beautiful local environment, from swimming the Bold and Beautiful to running around Manly Dam.

3. What do you see as the key issues Australian people will consider when casting their vote in the Federal Election Warringah?

  • Climate change
  • Integrity
  • Economic Repair

4. If you were to introduce one bill to bring before parliament, what would it be?

Passing the Climate Change Bill that I have introduced to Parliament is the very important first step to my five steps to net zero. It has the overwhelming support of every sector from business, industry, academics, unions and community groups as it provides a clear legislated framework with attainable long term targets and mandated national risk assessments and adaptation planning.

A core component of the Climate Change Bill is the requirement for an independent Climate Change Commission to conduct ‘National Climate Change Risk Assessments,’ which assesses the key risks to Australia’s economy, communities and environment. Based on the findings of these assessments, the Government is then required to develop and implement its own ‘National Adaptation Plans’ to address those risks that have been identified. We need these risk assessments in order to prepare and protect communities.

5. In the event of a hung parliament, how will you vote?

It will depend on the result of the election and the policies which each party brings to the table. I will provide a vote of confidence but not a blanket supply.

6. Give us a brief overview of your position on the following:

– Whether there should be a Federal ICAC

Yes there should be a strong Federal ICAC – I support and seconded Helen Haines’ Australian Federal Integrity Commission Bill. You can read more about my integrity policy at zalisteggall.com.au/integrity

– How Australia should handle the recent news of China’s involvement in the Solomon Islands

Australia should see the Solomon Islands’ security pact with China as a warning for what will happen if we don’t pay attention to our region, listen to their concerns and take action accordingly. Our Pacific neighbours are some of the most at risk of climate change and we need to do our part here in Australia, help them with their transition and lead the way on the global stage.

– What action needs to be taken on climate change

Much stronger action needs to be taken on climate change including the implementation of my 5 steps to net zero:

  1. the implementation of the Climate Change Bill,
  2. 80% renewable energy by 2030,
  3. 76% new vehicle sales electric by 2030,
  4. incentivise modernisation of industry including green steel and aluminium and
  5. regenerate and future proof agriculture through tree planting and soil carbon sequestration.

– How small businesses struggling in the wake of Covid can be assisted

Small business need targeted assistance to assist with the recovery, each sector has different needs at this point in time. For example hospitality and retail need more working holiday makers and student visa holders to come and fill vacancies. Travel agents need assistance to get them from now to where they will start to break even again. Events industry need the assurance that a new variant won’t come and cause mass cancellations again. The arts sector needs the support of a national cultural plan to develop a way forward for the sector as a whole and identify the recovery plan from COVID-19. Each industry needs targeted support.

– What can be done to ease the soaring costs of living in Australia

A transition to greener energy and higher value local manufacturing will decrease our reliance on imported fuel, energy and manufactured products which will give Australia greater ability to control the cost of living without exposure to overseas price fluctuations. We need to invest wisely rather than injecting cash into the economy without a return on the investment.

We also need to crease housing assistance, childcare support and Job Seeker – in line with what has been stated by the Business Council of Australia.

7. How will you stay in touch with the people in your electorate to make sure their views are represented in Canberra?

Throughout my first term I actively kept my website up to date with what is going on in Canberra, used social media to engage with those who use the various platforms to keep constituents informed and regularly held town hall meetings to get feedback from the electorate. I participated in many local social, business and sporting events and made myself available for meetings with constituents across the electorate. My team and I have responded to over 30,000 emails in this first term of parliament and we will continue to provide the high-level of service and support to the community if I am re-elected.

With the support of the community, I opened a second office in Mosman to improve access to me and my team. If re-elected I will keep doing all these things and welcome any recommendations for how to improve the flow of communications between the community, my team and I.

8. How can we learn more about your views and stay in touch with your campaign for the Federal Election Warringah?

Check out my website www.zalisteggall.com.au  There you can also sign up to my newsletters and campaign updates, provide feedback or contact my team directly.

Or you can follow me on:

 

Steven Tripp, Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party

1. Give us your elevator pitch – why should the people of Warringah vote for you?

I am not ruled by party factions, corporate donors, renewables investors or globalist agendas. I am wholly and solely focused on the issues that matter in Warringah. I am proudly Australian and I am standing for the betterment of my family, Warringah and the Nation.

Warringah has been neglected. One Nation will reverse that neglect. Military Road, Warringah Road, Neutral Bay Junction and the area around Dee Why are some of the country’s worst grid-locked areas. To address this, I will secure Federal funding for the Beaches Link tunnel and fast-track its construction as my first preference. As my second preference, I propose a design competition to design the new Spit Bridge, to be voted on by the Warringah community.

To address housing affordability, One Nation will ban foreign investors from owning residential property.

I will ensure that our children are provided with education, not indoctrination.

I will push for a Royal Commission into the pandemic management to hold the actions of politicians and unelected bureaucrats to account. I will abolish vaccine mandates.

I will resist the mad lurch towards renewables that are foreign made, 80% of which comes from China.

I will be Warringah’s loud voice in Parliament.

2. What is your connection to the Warringah area and tell us three places in the electorate that you love.

Warringah is where my wife and I plan to raise our family. I work as an engineering surveyor for a local company and my wife is a primary school teacher and tutor.

We are so fortunate to live locally in Queenscliff as Warringah is the most beautiful area, of the best city, in the greatest country in the world.

There is no way I can limit the choice to three because there are so many great areas.

The walk from Manly to Shelly Beach is special because that is where my wife and I had our first date.

When my wife was pregnant, we would frequently do the walk to Forty Baskets and Reef Beach when we lived in Balgowlah.

The orange glow over Fairlight pool at sunset is stunning. Freshwater beach is amazing. Balmoral Beach is unique and relaxing. There are endless harbour walks around Bradleys Head, Middle Head, North Head etc. I could go on and on.

If myself and One Nation are given the opportunity to fix the congestion issues we face in Warringah, it will be even better

3. What do you see as the key issues Australian people will consider when casting their vote in the Federal Election Warringah?

  1. Freedom. One Nation will call a Royal Commission into the pandemic management. This election should be the pandemic election, yet the major parties are ignoring it. If you lost your business during the pandemic, were denied seeing your loved ones, lost your job or were stood down, locked down in your homes, or had your livelihood threatened because you refused to give into their mandates, they are not talking about you.

Well, I am talking about you because I am one of you. One Nation and myself will hold the actions of politicians and unelected bureaucrats to account. Not one of them took a single cent pay cut during the pandemic, yet they imposed draconian lockdowns upon us.

  1. Housing affordability. Our housing supply cannot keep up with demand, thus prices continue to rise. One Nation will ban foreign ownership of our residential properties to ensure more housing supply. New Zealand and Canada have taken similar action.
  2. National security and energy. One Nation will make Australia energy independent by drawing on our vast natural resources, which is our main strategic and economic advantage. Likewise, we will resist the lurch towards globalist bodies and instead uphold our national sovereignty.

4. If you were to introduce one bill to bring before parliament, what would it be?

One Nation is the only party represented in Parliament that has introduced legislation to end vaccine mandates. We should always remember that the Liberals, Nationals, Labor and the Greens voted against it, bar a few rouge Senators.

One Nation will always stand up for the freedom of Australians and will always protect our national and individual sovereignty.

What have vaccine mandates achieved other than putting good, fit and able people out of work? You may disagree with someone, but you should never take away their ability to earn a living and to support their family.

The mandates need to end. Put people back to work.

5. In the event of a hung parliament, how will you vote?

One Nation stands for conservative, Australian values. Historically, the Liberal Party held similar views, but they have bowed down to the left. After the response to the pandemic by the Liberals, Nationals, Labor and the Greens over the last two years, I could not support any of them.

If the question is solely the Coalition verses Labor/Greens, I would support the Coalition as they are the better of two evils.

However, this election is the first time that One Nation will be represented with candidates in almost every seat across the country. This is the election when One Nation has the best opportunity to step up and become the new major party in Australian politics.

I strongly believe that One Nation has the best candidates and policies out of any party in contention. I encourage people to look past the media narrative and study our policies and what we stand for at www.onenation.org.au/policies.

Australia has so much potential and I am convinced that a Government that is solely One Nation or a coalition with other minor parties, is the best chance we have as a Nation to achieve that potential.

Do not reward the political status quo with your vote.

6. Give us a brief overview of your position on the following:

– Whether there should be a Federal ICAC

I agree with any mechanism that will hold Government and politicians to account. My only recommendation would be for the investigations to be announced only once a final decision is decided, to eliminate the risk of an individual’s reputation being smeared who may ultimately be deemed innocent.

– How Australia should handle the recent news of China’s involvement in the Solomon Islands

Australia must decuple from our dependence on China. China manufactures 80% of the world’s renewables, of which even the UN has expressed concerns that the components of these renewables are being produced using the forced labour of the Uyghur population in China.

Our Climate 200 backed incumbent, Zali Steggall’s renewables stance will make us energy dependent on China. Europe has recently learned the lesson of being energy dependent on Russia, we cannot make the same mistake.

– What action needs to be taken on climate change

To reduce emissions, the best way to do it is by embracing new, small modular nuclear reactors. This would draw upon our rich uranium supplies.

We must have a serious discussion on nuclear energy. Small modular reactors have many new safety features and comparing them to older nuclear reactors would be like comparing a 1970s computer to a modern-day iPhone.

The new reactors could be built on the site of existing coal plants and fed straight into the existing transmission line infrastructure. They would provide cheap, reliable, dispatchable, baseload power.

Renewables are expensive, manufactured using forced labour, and line the pockets of renewables investors through the multi-billion-dollar taxpayer funded subsidies they receive.

– How small businesses struggling in the wake of Covid can be assisted

Ensure there are no more lockdowns so that business can be assured they will not be shut down again. This will allow them to plan for the path ahead with confidence. We must reduce green and red tape to reduce the burden on business. One Nation will increase the national apprenticeship scheme.

Businesses would be better served by Government getting out of the way and out of their pockets.

– What can be done to ease the soaring costs of living in Australia

One Nation’s proposal to reduce fuel excise by 50% has already been adopted by Government. One Nation will ban foreign ownership of residential property, that will allow more supply into the housing market and slow the rise in house prices.

7. How will you stay in touch with the people in your electorate to make sure their views are represented in Canberra?

I will make sure I am always contactable by phone, email or social media. Our system is Government by representation. It will be my role to represent the needs of the Warringah community and that can only be done through constant engagement.

8. How can we learn more about your views and stay in touch with your campaign for the Federal Election Warringah?

Email me directly at warringah@nsw.onenation.org.au or follow me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/StevenTripp.PHON.

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