Brian Paynter (Liberal)
“We’re offering an independent inquiry into rates, especially farm rates and we’ll freeze rates in the meantime. We’ve pledged $15B to $19B for a super infrastructure fund, delivering high-speed rail on the Pakenham-Traralgon line. We should extend rail at least out to Clyde and upgrade the dangerous Pakenham-Koo Wee Rup Road. M064518

Clare Le Serve (Independent)
“You’re right, we need to protect Western Port but here we are again, before an election, batting away another proposal (AGL gas import terminal). It will be sucking in and discharging 450ML of water a day… affecting fish breeding, sea grass etc. We need an act of parliament so we don’t have to keep fighting these things.” M054518

Jordan Crugnale (ALP)
During a discussion about rapid residential expansion in Casey and Cardinia, without funds for roads, level crossings and infrastructure, Ms Crugnale said: “There was an urban growth boundary there before. It used to be a green wedge but Matthew Guy, the planning minister at the time, sold it, so now it is an issue.” M044518

Ronnie Bauer (Independent)
“Baseload power is a significant problem, and I’m going to be a bit controversial here, but I believe in nuclear energy, not on Phillip Island of course. We should at least be able to have a proper scientific debate about our energy needs in this country without the hysteria.” M034518

David Arnault (Independent)
“One of the problems with the parliamentary system we have is that it’s combative but there are a lot of things about which there needs to be agreement and a 50-year plan such as education, defence spending, planning (especially growth of cities) and energy policy.” M024518

THERE were a lot of issues covered when the five declared candidates for the State election in Bass; David Arnault (Independent), Ronnie Bauer (Independent), Jordan Crugnale (ALP), Clare Le Serve (Independent), Brian Paynter (Liberal) spoke before a packed Grantville Hall last Tuesday night.
Energy policy, climate change, the high-level of farm rates, the need for infrastructure funding in Melbourne’s south-east growth corridor, education, the terrible state of public transport in Bass Coast, local roads funding, the car ferry and more…
There was hardly an important state issue that wasn’t covered and one-by-one, the candidates gave their views and answered questions, before a generally respectful audience, although at one stage, the sitting member, Brian Paynter had a difference of opinion with someone over energy policy.
The night was organised by the Bass Coast Branch of the Victorian Farmers Federation and while rural issues received plenty of coverage, there was wide-ranging debate on all subjects. There will be another opportunity to ‘meet the candidates’ this Friday night at the Cowes Golf Club from 7pm (please check the time).