STATE ELEC­TION Can­di­date Q&A

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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?

NO

(2) Would you sup­port re­duc­tions for penalty rates for NSW gov­ern­ment work­ers?

NO

(3) Would you sup­port the pri­vati­sa­tion of any ser­vices at Dubbo and Mudgee Hos­pi­tals, in­clud­ing to non-clin­i­cal ser­vices?

NO

(4) Are you sup­port­ive of the pri­vati­sa­tion of the poles and wires car­ried out by the cur­rent NSW gov­ern­ment?

NO

(5) Would you sup­port the de­crim­i­nal­i­sa­tion of the pos­ses­sion of small amounts of cannabis?

YES

(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?

NO

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

NAP­PING dur­ing the day is not only an ef­fec­tive and re­fresh­ing al­ter­na­tive to caf­feine, it can also pro­tect your health and make you more pro­duc­tive.

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.

A study of 24,000 Greek adults showed that peo­ple who napped sev­eral times a week had a lower risk of dy­ing from heart dis­ease, much lower lev­els of stress, and im­proved mem­ory, cog­ni­tive func­tion and mood.

But wait – dammit! We have no tra­di­tion of sies­tas in Aus­tralia, so what are we to do?

Tak­ing a snooze at your desk might get you fired. Maybe go home for lunch and have a kip while you’re there? Or what about sug­gest­ing to your boss and col­leagues in a won­der­fully in­vig­o­rated

way that get­ting 40 winks at work might be the next big pro­duc­tiv­ity su­per­charger? Just be­cause we don’t cur­rently do it doesn’t mean...

OK, fair enough, that might take decades to achieve, so what to do mean­while?

There are LOTS of sim­ple, ef­fec­tive, no (or low) cost, fun ways to in­vig­o­rate – and most are also great for your health, your pro­duc­tiv­ity AND for those around you.

Take a brisk walk, wan­der out­side and smell the roses, streeeetch!

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