Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - He­len Spelitis he­len.spelitis@south­bur­nett­

ONE of th­ese seven faces will rep­re­sent Cal­lide in the State Gov­ern­ment after Jan­uary 31.

The re­sult will de­ter­mine the di­rec­tion of Queens­land over the next three years.

Are you happy with what you have, or are you look­ing for change?

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CAL­LIDE vot­ers are spoilt for choice after seven can­di­dates threw their hat in the ring to rep­re­sent Cal­lide.

Across the state the av­er­age num­ber of can­di­dates per elec­torate is 4.9 mak­ing the va­ri­ety avail­able to Cal­lide vot­ers unique.

Three of the seven can­di­dates are in­de­pen­dents, each with their own rea­sons for avoid­ing the ma­jor par­ties.

But the common theme was to be free of party pol­i­tics and for Steve Ensby, who stood for Kat­ter’s Aus­tralian Party last elec­tion, be­ing an in­de­pen­dent means no re­peated dis­ap­point­ment.

Mr Ensby said he was sur­prised and shocked when he sat down in front of the tele­vi­sion one evening in March 2012 and saw the ads cre­ated by KAP tar­get­ing spe­cific groups within Queens­land in­clud­ing ho­mo­sex­u­als and Asians.

“I was dis­ap­pointed with some of the tac­tics dur­ing the last elec­tion from Kat­ter’s Aus­tralian Party,” Mr Ensby said.

“I fig­ured it was bet­ter to go as an in­de­pen­dent be­cause then I don’t have to worry about what a party fig­ure head might say and then have to try to jus­tify those views.”

Michael Hig­gin­son and Dun­can Scott also cited not hav­ing to support ma­jor party views as rea­sons for run­ning as in­de­pen­dents.

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