Gympie’s Chelle Dobson joins new political party
GYMPIE local Chelle Dobson has thrown her name into the Federal election ring, joining a newly formed party, the Australian Liberty Alliance, set to contest the up coming election.
The Gympie local is standing for parliament because she believes the two major parties, the incumbent Liberals and opposition Labor, are not looking after the best interests of all Australians.
“I’m tired of the two major parties not living up to their promises.
“We need to stop the flip-flopping between them with each blaming the other for what is wrong with the nation,” Ms Dobson said.
Two huge problems which she believes are not being addressed are refugees and Islam.
“Islam is becoming a problem. It is an ideology which doesn’t fit with our Western democracy. They want their own laws within our country.
“And if Labour and the Greens get in, they’ll let in refugees.
“I don’t disagree with humanitarianism, but when refugees are Islam, there is a problem.
“Where are these refugees going to live? In rural and regional areas like Gympie where there is already high unemployment?
“Statistics show that 85% of refugees who came here five years ago are still unemployed. Most don’t speak English, which hinders them when they try to gain employment, so putting them into areas like ours, where people are already struggling, is not the answer.”
Ms Dobson said one answer was to support refugees in their own countries.
“They should stay in their own countries and be supported there with international aid.”
Touching on two further problems which concern her are farmers doing it tough – highlighted by the recent cheap milk debate driving dairy farmers off the land – and she is equally passionate about aged care and homelessness.
“We have homeless people right here in Gympie. It’s incredible in this day and age.
“Our veterans are not being looked after properly either. If we were to spent the same amount of money on each veteran and disadvantaged person as we do on each refugee, the infrastructure required would amount to about $170,000 per person.
“And that’s before you take into account any housing, education, health care, etc,” Ms Dobson said.
“I’m choosing to stand for the rights of rural and regional people. It’s what I believe in.”
The Australian Liberty Alliance manifesto can be found at www.australianlibertyalliance.org.