Seven can­di­dates in ring

Isis Town and Country - - News -

VOT­ERS have a wide range of poli­cies to choose from after seven can­di­dates threw their hats 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 quite un­usual.

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 shocked when he saw the ads cre­ated by KAP in 2012 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.

The in­de­pen­dents will face an up­hill bat­tle to make waves in the elec­torate as Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney and Palmer United Party leader John Bjelke-Peter­son look likely to win most of the vote.

Graeme Martin will rep­re­sent La­bor and Erich Schulz the Greens to round out the field.

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