HUX­HAM EYES OFF HIN­KLER

Out­spo­ken One Na­tion can­di­date re­turns

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - BLAKE ANTROBUS [email protected]­coastchron­i­cle.com.au

PO­LIT­I­CAL chaos in Can­berra and grow­ing an­i­mos­ity to­wards ma­jor par­ties are Damian Hux­ham’s signs the stars could fi­nally be align­ing in his favour.

With the highs and lows of three elec­tion cam­paigns be­hind him, the One Na­tion loyal be­lieves his fourth could fi­nally have the out­come he’s been hop­ing for.

Mr Hux­ham, a FIFO worker and Pauline Han­son’s can­di­date for Her­vey Bay at last year’s State Elec­tion, has once thrown his hat into the ring as

the party’s fed­eral can­di­date for Hin­kler.

Mr Hux­ham told the Chron­i­cle he was com­mit­ted to re­duc­ing the cost of liv­ing and pro­vid­ing re­li­able power to the elec­torate.

“We will re­store Aus­tralia’s es­sen­tial 90-day fuel se­cu­rity pol­icy and com­mit to re­duc­ing cost of liv­ing ex­penses while en­sur­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers have a glob­ally com­pet­i­tive power source,” Mr Hux­ham said.

“We need to build in­fra­struc­ture projects such as a na­tional fast rail ser­vice, dams and wa­ter projects, hos­pi­tals and up­grade ma­jor roads.

“Our pri­or­ity has and will al­ways be the peo­ple we rep­re­sent.”

Mr Hux­ham also pledged to in­ves­ti­gate the abuse of for­eign work visas and in­tro­duce an ap­pren­tice­ship scheme “that will cre­ate jobs for Aus­tralians”.

“Lo­cally we will be push­ing for the con­nec­tion be­tween Bund­aberg and Her­vey Bay via the Bur­rum bridge, should the re­sults of the fea­si­bil­ity study be pos­i­tive,” he said.

When asked of his thoughts of Mr Hux­ham’s nom­i­na­tion and whether he thought his seat was un­der threat, Mr Pitt said the mi­nor par­ties “have no way of de­liv­er­ing any­thing they com­mit to”.

“The mi­nor par­ties will prom­ise ev­ery­thing and de­liver noth­ing,” he re­it­er­ated.

La­bor can­di­date Richard Pas­coe did not re­spond by print dead­line.

In the 2016 Fed­eral Elec­tion, Mr Pitt held the seat with about 38,887 votes.

Mr Hux­ham re­ceived 16,987 votes, or 19.16 per cent of the to­tal vote.

In last year’s State Elec­tion he re­ceived about 25.23 per cent of the vote.

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