‘Cap­tain’ wants to steer Whit­sun­day

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS STATE ELECTION - Ja­cob Wil­son ja­cob.wil­son@whit­sun­dayt­times.com.au

Peo­ple should have more free­doms and we should be re­duc­ing gov­ern­ment to get it un­der con­trol.

— Dan Van Blar­com

HE GOES by the name of “Cap­tain” and be­lieves he has the steady hands to steer the seat of Whit­sun­day.

Dan Van Blar­com is put­ting his hat in the ring as an in­de­pen­dent can­di­date for Whit­sun­day once more fol­low­ing a short stint as the Na­tion­als can­di­date in 2004, and sub­se­quent runs as an in­de­pen­dent.

Up­front about his colour­ful past, Mr Van Blar­com re­flected on the pic­tures of him wear­ing a Nazi swastika sym­bol in the ACT Leg­isla­tive As­sem­bly in 1970, which led to his dis­endorse­ment from the Na­tion­als in 2004.

“This will come up, but guess what? I’m over this crap and I don’t care,” he said.

“I didn’t want to be there, I wanted to get out of there, I didn’t have any choice.” The photos sur­faced in the

Courier Mail when Mr Van Blar­com ran in 2015, but he pro­duced an ASIO doc­u­ment to sup­port that he worked as an un­der­cover spy from 1968–71.

Mr Van Blar­com po­si­tions him­self firmly in the cen­tre of pol­i­tics, not un­like the Lib­eral Democrats.

“Peo­ple should have more free­doms and we should be re­duc­ing gov­ern­ment to get it un­der con­trol,” he said.

Mr Van Blar­com is known around the Whit­sun­days for his work as a ship mas­ter, his ca­reer at ABC Trop­i­cal North, and for run­ning in lo­cal gov­ern­ment and state gov­ern­ment since the 1990s.

Hav­ing gar­nered only 997 votes (3.09%) in the 2015 state elec­tion, Mr Van Blar­com said he was still “in it to win it.”

“A lot of peo­ple are pretty dis­il­lu­sioned with po­lit­i­cal par­ties, this time there is a change in the vot­ing where you num­ber ev­ery box,” he said.

“What I’ll be say­ing to peo­ple is that you can vote in­de­pen­dent and for some­one who isn’t in­volved with po­lit­i­cal par­ties which are on the nose.”

Sell­ing an anti-es­tab­lish­ment mes­sage, he made the case for dis­il­lu­sioned vot­ers to pick him over the pop­ulist One Na­tion brand.

“If you vote for One Na­tion you take 100 per cent of what they put for­ward as a pol­icy– I’ve run mul­ti­cul­tural events here in the Whit­sun­days in Air­lie Beach,” he said.

On pol­icy, Mr Van Blar­com sup­ports the Adani Carmichael Mine pro­vided it gets no gov­ern­ment fi­nance, fund­ing for the Black­cur­rant Is­land all tide boat ramp at Hy­de­away Bay and cut­ting gov­ern­ment spend­ing in Bris­bane in favour of in­creased in­vest­ment in re­gional Queens­land.

PHOTO: WILL HUNTER

HAT IN THE RING: Dan Van Blar­com is run­ning as an in­de­pen­dent for the seat of Whit­sun­day.

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