STATE ELECTION Candidate Q&A
candidate The Greens
MUDGEE’S Rod Pryor is the Greens’ candidate for the state seat of Dubbo at the NSW state elections in March 2019.
Here he answers the same series of questions that Dubbo Photo News has put to all the previously announced candidates, plus an additional question at the end which has been tailored to each individual.
What are three main things about you that should get voters to support you; the things about you that you are proudest of?
I am passionate about the things I believe in and work hard to achieve my goals. I have a strong sense of social justice believing in a fair go for all. I am standing as a candidate to make the world a better place, not for self gain.
I believe it may sound cliqued but I am most proud of my family, having a great partner and three strong boys. Below that, maybe my creative work as a sculptor and craftsman.
What is your preferred way to relax?
With three boys, who gets time to relax? I get great comfort in being creative, making things that others also can enjoy, I also like mucking around in boats and exploring the bush with the boys.
List in one-liners your 10 most passionate policy positions – the ones you will not budge on:
z Climate change and the need for urgent action.
z Oppose CSG mining that puts the Great Artesian Basin and productive farm land at risk.
z No new coal mines, especially on prime agricultural land.
z Decriminalisation of cannabis for recreational use by adults and to make it cheaper and easier for medicinal use.
z More investment for renewables, especially for home battery storage.
z Try and salvage as much from the disaster that is the Westconnex and put what money can be saved back into public transport. z Ensure oversight of aged care and guarantee a registered nurse is present at all nursing homes. z Encourage decentralisation to take the pressure of the coastal urban areas and increase the viability of regional areas. z Ensure appropriate levels of funding for both health and education.
Please respond with a Yes or No answer to these questions:
I’d love to elaborate on these topics but as you have asked for straight answers, here they are.
(1) Do you support Coal Seam Gas (CSG) extraction in NSW?
(2) Would you support reductions for penalty rates for NSW government workers?
(3) Would you support the privatisation of any services at Dubbo and Mudgee Hospitals, including to non-clinical services?
(4) Are you supportive of the privatisation of the poles and wires carried out by the current NSW government?
(5) Would you support the decriminalisation of the possession of small amounts of cannabis?
(6) The result of the state election is very much up in the air, but if the ALP wins power do you think the unions will have too much power?
These next two questions go to integrity and they’re asked in the context of scandals involving state politicians over the past decade, some of which have ended up before the courts. Do you have any skeletons in your closet which would diminish you in the voters’ eyes, including
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things like white collar victimless crime?
My life has not been that complicated. I am just an ordinary bloke wanting to put some common sense back into politics. No skeletons.
Have you ever used undue influence related to any elected positions you may have held to bestow favours on friends or family, etc?
As stated before I have a very strong sense of a fair go, I have never been guilty of the above.
Mr Pryor, the Dubbo Electorate has traditionally been a clear conservative seat. You have the double disadvantages of (a) trying to woo conservative voters via issues such as Coal Seam Gas, and (b) convincing people in the largest centre (Dubbo) and further west to vote for you. How do you think you can help make that happen?
We are in a period of incredible change. The current drought has focused people’s attention on the need to address the issue of climate change. People are feeling its direct impacts for the first time and it is likely to get worse, they are disappointed with the major political parties having known about the problem for over a decade but having done nothing to mitigate (prepare) for what is coming our way.
We need people in parliament who are prepared to motivate action to tackle the effects of climate change, to promote renewable sources of energy; which can lead to more jobs, and help farmers cope with more and longer droughts.
Many issues orbit around confronting global warming. People in this electorate do not want CSG mining, that puts water security at risk for agriculture; many don’t agree with new coal developments on prime agricultural land.
You may describe the voters as “conservative”, but I believe that what they want is a sustainable future – a future that the Coalition and Labor have so far failed to deliver.
At next year’s election we will find voters more engaged and if they give me their vote it will send a clear signal to whoever gains government that they want action.
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OK, fair enough, that might take decades to achieve, so what to do meanwhile?
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