Fam­ily First

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VOTES: ELECTION 2016 -

“GIVE Amanda a break, she’s putting her fam­ily first.”

That’s how Fam­ily First se­na­tor Rob McGarvie re­sponded to crit­ics of Fed­eral Daw­son can­di­date Amanda Nick­son, who de­spite the loom­ing elec­tion, is in Thai­land and won’t re­turn un­til af­ter the vote.

He said blame should in­stead be lev­elled at the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment, which had in­di­cated the elec­tion would be held in Septem­ber be­fore call­ing it in early July.

“Amanda’s in the same boat as a record num­ber of Aus­tralians who are turn­ing out at pre-poll to vote early. Their fam­ily were not ex­pect­ing a July elec­tion dur­ing Queens­land school hol­i­days,” he said, adding the elec­tion tim­ing was re­ally about power and con­trol, and that no thought had been given to the in­con­ve­nience to fam­i­lies or the bil­lions it would add to the na­tional debt.

Fam­ily First state di­rec­tor Si­mon Green did not appear con­cerned about his can­di­date’s dis­ap­pear­ance, stat­ing the pri­or­ity for the party was to put up an al­ter­na­tive to La­bor and the Coali­tion in each elec­torate.

“If some­one has a trip booked and paid for and then an elec­tion is called, that’s fairly dif­fi­cult to avoid,” Mr Green said. “We urge our can­di­dates to stick around for the cam­paign but they also have to live their lives.”

Even though she has left the coun­try, Ms Nick­son does have a Face­book page “Amanda Nick­son - Fed­eral Can­di­date for Daw­son”, which she last up­dated on June 26 and 28, with videos about the Senate and Coali­tion’s promised mar­riage equal­ity plebiscite.

Amanda Nick­son

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