IN­DE­PEN­DENTS’ TIME IS RIGHT

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - STATE POLITICS - SARAH VOGLER

FIRST-TERM in­de­pen­dent MP Sandy Bolton says now is the time for more in­de­pen­dents to en­ter pol­i­tics, with the state of the ma­jor par­ties creat­ing the “per­fect storm”.

The Noosa MP – who won the Sunshine Coast seat from the LNP at last year’s elec­tion af­ter 11 years un­der Glen Elmes’ reign – has been con­tacted by nu­mer­ous peo­ple seek­ing ad­vice on how they can fol­low her lead and win a seat in the next fed­eral or state elec­tion.

But she said the sys­tem needed to change to make it eas­ier for non-partyaligned can­di­dates, with both elec­toral fund­ing and par­lia­men­tary re­sourc­ing rules stacked against them.

“As an in­de­pen­dent, you don’t get as much as if you are as­so­ci­ated with a party,” Ms Bolton said. “There are some dis­par­i­ties there.

“I think once you start work­ing to get some eq­uity … I think you will find more in­de­pen­dents will come into the realm.”

Ms Bolton said com­mu­ni­ties were be­com­ing more and more frus­trated with party pol­i­tics and were look­ing for some­one who would rep­re­sent their in­ter­ests above all else.

“There’s a lot of con­fu­sion about what’s hap­pen­ing within our po­lit­i­cal realm,” she said. “When they (the pub­lic) see some­thing on tele­vi­sion or read some­thing … they be­come a bit dis­il­lu­sioned about what to be­lieve or who to be­lieve.”

Ms Bolton said the “rock throw­ing” that of­ten hap­pens in Par­lia­ment didn’t help ei­ther.

SOLO WOMAN: MP Sandy Bolton says the rules are stacked against in­de­pen­dents. Pic­ture: Lachie Mil­lard

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