Tom­lin­son wants to be the Wright man

Gatton Star - - NEWS - Meg Bolton [email protected]­ton­star.com.au

MATTHEW Tom­lin­son trot­ted into pol­i­tics last week, launch­ing his Kat­ter’s Aus­tralia Party can­di­date for Wright cam­paign from the back of a horse.

The cam­paign is the first taste of pol­i­tics for the 32-year-old but he’s de­ter­mined to be what the peo­ple of Wright need.

“I joined with the Kat­ter party be­cause their poli­cies were close to my heart, they want to rep­re­sent the small guys in com­mu­nity,” Mr Tom­lin­son said.

“They (KAP) aren’t wor­ried about the big end of town, they’re not wor­ried about fur­ther­ing their own nests, they’re wor­ried about get­ting the job done and rep­re­sent­ing the peo­ple.”

The Beaudesert stock­man en­sured what he lacked in po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence he made up for with his “pas­sion and en­ergy”.

“I’ve been dis­en­fran­chised with how pol­i­tics are go­ing,” he said. “I’m not happy with the di­rec­tion Aus­tralia is head­ing. I don’t think the politi­cians are do­ing enough, we are un­der-rep­re­sented and es­pe­cially the ru­ral and re­gional sec­tors we just aren’t get­ting our voices heard in Can­berra.”

Mr Tom­lin­son said he would cam­paign for bet­ter in­fra­struc­ture, roads and pub­lic trans­port.

“Our pub­lic trans­port in

... they want to rep­re­sent the small guys.

— Matthew Tom­lin­son

gen­eral is atro­cious – our road net­works are some of the worst in Queens­land.

“We only get what we need to get, we aren’t given things to fur­ther our so­cio and eco­nomic sta­tus.”

In­creas­ing tourism would also be a fo­cus for Mr Tom­lin­son, say­ing a world­class eques­trian hub could put Wright on the map.

Mr Tom­lin­son said he would travel across his elec­torate, in­clud­ing to lo­ca­tions in the Lock­yer Val­ley.

PHOTO: CAS­SAN­DRA MILLER

NEW FACE: Matt Tom­lin­son is the KAP can­di­date for Wright.

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