VOTERS are either over one of the longest ever election campaigns, or only those of a certain age are interested in politics, because there were only about 50 present at a ‘meet the candidate session’ and one of the candidates was close to being the youngest in attendance.
Four McMillan candidates attended the question and answer session hosted by the Corner Inlet Justice Group at the Fish Creek Hotel on Wednesday night.
Most of the candidates were well known to the crowd, having been on the campaign trail for months.
But it was young Jim McDonald that fired the first salvo.
In an attempt to distance himself from ‘the politicians’ he also summed up the apathy of voters.
He started with a quote from Marcus Tullius Cicero on government, and finished with one on politicians:
“The national budget must be balanced. The public debt must be reduced; the arrogance of the authorities must be moderated and controlled,” he said.
“Those words were spoken by Marcus Tullius Cicero over two thousand years ago in the Roman Senate and they are as relevant today as they were back then.
“…if you doubt the wisdom of Cicero remember he is the man who said “politicians are not born, they are excreted,” he finished in his opening statement.
Having said that, Mr McDonald went on to support the superannuation and travel arrangements of politicians.
The ‘excessive wages’ and benefits for retired politicians was just one question fired at the candidates.
In addition, they were quizzed on their stance for same sex marriage, renewable energy, refugees and big government.
There were no Bill Shorten ‘zingers’ but the banter and opportunity to have the candidates in the same room was appreciated – along with the roaring Fish Creek Hotel fire.
Regardless of the vote, McMillan incumbent Russell Broadbent said it had been “humbling to serve as the region’s representative.
“I’ve never asked you to vote for me,” he said, “but please give the Coalition, Liberal/Nationals a go in the senate so we can actually govern!”
Statements and debate for McMillan