Noel Skip­pen makes One Na­tion bid

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Ja­cob Wil­son ja­cob.wil­son@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

ONE Na­tion has its sights on the Whit­sun­days.

And en­dorsed can­di­date for the state seat of Whit­sun­day, Noel Skip­pen, prom­ises to “put peo­ple be­fore politics”.

As far as he is con­cerned “the mess” of the elec­tric­ity mar­ket and sky-rock­et­ing elec­tric­ity prices are his num­ber one is­sue.

“You look back at the na­tional elec­tric­ity mar­ket 20 years ago and we had cheap, re­li­able power across the whole coun­try,” he said.

“The re­tail price is 26 cents (per Kilo­watt/hour) and it can be pro­duced at five cents.”

Mr Skip­pen also wants to see the Re­new­able En­ergy Tar­get abol­ished.

Other is­sues close to his heart in­clude youth un­em­ploy­ment, wa­ter se­cu­rity, ed­u­ca­tion, road in­fra­struc­ture and law and or­der.

Mr Skip­pen has been a Mackay res­i­dent since 1983 and has spent most of his ca­reer as a chem­i­cal en­gi­neer, as well as be­ing a for­mer sugar fac­tory man­ager.

The dis­pute be­tween Sin­ga­porean owned miller Wil­mar and QSL is an is­sue Mr Skip­pen has fol­lowed closely.

“For­eign own­er­ship of our in­dus­try is a real is­sue, I would like to see it prop­erly reg­u­lated,” he said.

Mr Skip­pen also shed some light on the is­sues which have at­tracted con­tro­versy for One Na­tion.

On vaccination he though Pauline Han­son was hard done by from the press.

“I’m to­tally in sup­port of vaccination,” he said.

He also thought rad­i­cal Is­lam was a big is­sue around the world.

“With ISIS in the mid­dle east you can’t rea­son with them, if they win western civil­i­sa­tion is gone,” he said.

One Na­tion last won the seat of Whit­sun­day in 1998.

RUN­NING: Noel Skip­pen is the en­dorsed Whit­sun­day can­di­date for One Na­tion.

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