Cal­lide can­di­date let go over pay­ment

South Burnett Times - - NEWS - Tobi Lof­tus tobi. lof­tus@ south­bur­nett times. com. au

ONE NA­TION has dis­endorsed Cal­lide can­di­date Elise Cot­tam for not pay­ing cam­paign fees on time.

One Na­tion cam­paign di­rec­tor Michael Pucci said in a state­ment on Fri­day Ms Cot­tam had agreed to pay the fee when she was en­dorsed and had been given am­ple time to com­ply with the re­quire­ment.

“Un­for­tu­nately Ms Cot­tam chose to not com­ply with the re­quire­ments for doc­u­men­ta­tion and fees she had pre­vi­ously agreed upon; there­fore One Na­tion has re­moved the par­ties en­dorse­ment for Ms Cot­tam,” he said.

“When one does not live up to the stan­dards set and they choose not to fol­low through on agree­ments made, the party can­not just stand by and let it hap­pen.”

Ms Cot­tam said while she was dis­ap­pointed for the peo­ple in the Cal­lide elec­torate, she har­boured no grudge against One Na­tion.

“I’m not up­set at all, I’m very dis­ap­pointed in the process,” she said.

“I’m dis­ap­pointed for the peo­ple look­ing for­ward to me run­ning.

“It doesn’t faze me whether the party wants me or not.

“I wasn’t in it for the party, I was in it for the peo­ple.”

Ms Cot­tam said she had not re­ally thought about whether she would run as an in­de­pen­dent.

“I could still run as an in­de­pen­dent, but at this point I’m just out,” she said.

“I’m re­group­ing and think­ing hard about what to do next.”

Ms Cot­tam said she thought it was unfair can­di­dates had to pay $ 2400 be­fore an elec­tion had even been called.

“It might not be called un­til March ( 2018),” she said.

“We are only in Fe­bru­ary, the idea putting signs out now, I don’t agree with.”

“That’s the way I would like to see the elec­torate of Cal­lide go, peo­ple look­ing after their fam­i­lies first.”

PHOTO: FRANCESCA MCMACKIN

One Na­tion leader Pauline Han­son and for­mer hope­ful Elise Cot­tam.

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