INDEPENDENTS’ TIME IS RIGHT
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