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Katter Party seeks change

Katter’s Australian Party candidate for Wide Bay Gordon Dale with Greg Freeleagus in Mary St.
Katter’s Australian Party candidate for Wide Bay Gordon Dale with Greg Freeleagus in Mary St.

KATTER'S Australian Party candidate for Wide Bay at the September 14 Federal Election, Gordon Dale, pressed the flesh in Gympie yesterday.

Mr Dale, from Maryborough, walked Mary St and spoke with the public during his campaign launch before delivering a speech at The Empire.

The Katter's Australian Party (KAP) candidate chose Gympie to announce his election tilt because of its location.

"Gympie has a very central location and is similar to Maryborough," he said. "I wanted to come here and start my campaign."

Mr Dale spoke to numerous people in the streets and said he was hearing the same concerns repeated.

"What I'm hearing is that people are disillusioned and sick of the main two parties," he said.

"They feel they have nowhere to turn and I want to say Katter's Australian Party is here for the people and is an alternative."

The Wide Bay candidate said KAP sought to deliver where the Greens had failed.

"The Greens have been around for quite a while but haven't been able to really break through," he said.

"Katter's Australian Party wants to re-establish a link between politicians and the people.

"It's something that needs to happen at a grassroots level and I want to fight for the battler."

And the Gympie region is not short of battlers either, Mr Dale stressed at The Empire yesterday.

"Small business is disappointed and not getting assistance," he said.

"They are struggling and being left behind by big multi-national companies."

The plight of the farmer struck a chord with the KAP candidate.

"The little guy can't protect himself anymore," Mr Dale said.

"Deregulation is the biggest problem for dairy farmers and we need arbitration to protect the price of milk."

Mr Dale said the average debt per farm had grown from $700,000 to $1.2 million in recent years.

Other issues appearing on the KAP's radar included opposing coal seam gas mining and the ongoing battle to address the state of the Bruce Hwy.

Mr Dale said coal seam gas mining was of great concern and Bob Katter had described coal seam gas mining as "a pin cushion of poisonous holes".

The Wide Bay candidate has operated a mini mart in Maryborough for 12 years and with the store a few blocks away from a major supermarket, said he understood the battle small businesses faced.

For an electorate Mr Dale feels is struggling to know where to turn, he says Katter's Australian Party is ready to "fill the void".

Local farmer Tom Craig, Katter’s Australian Party Wide Bay candidate Gordon Dale, farmer Ian Currie and Ray Bird, chairman of Gympie Katter’s Australian Party branch, at The Empire for Mr Dale’s campaign launch yesterday.
Local farmer Tom Craig, Katter’s Australian Party Wide Bay candidate Gordon Dale, farmer Ian Currie and Ray Bird, chairman of Gympie Katter’s Australian Party branch, at The Empire for Mr Dale’s campaign launch yesterday.
Gympie Times

Topics:  gordon dale, katter's australian party




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