JOHN ‘SANDY’ TURNER

In­de­pen­dent

Gatton Star - - NEWS | FEDERAL ELECTION: BLAIR -

■ Ma­jor is­sues?

THE ma­jor is­sue fac­ing the peo­ple in Blair is the loss of in­dus­try and jobs. The flow on ef­fect is wit­nessed in the empty shop fa­cades and an un­em­ploy­ment rate of just un­der 7%. To counter this we need to bring man­u­fac­tur­ing back to this coun­try. Aus­tralian in­dus­try, be­ing en­cour­aged and stim­u­lated by a govern­ment that will be seek­ing to build these in­fra­struc­ture projects us­ing Aussie in­ge­nu­ity and lo­cally made parts/ com­po­nents.

■ Why you?

BE­ING born here and lived, worked, and raised my fam­ily here I know the lo­cal is­sues and have wit­nessed the re­gion be­come what it is to­day. We need a con­ser­va­tive that lives in the real world to bring the re­gion back to a pros­per­ous re­gion where small and medium busi­nesses are able to thrive. My tax­a­tion pol­icy will en­able this by way of a sim­ple 2% debit tax in­stead of the 125 we cur­rently pay.

■ Key goals

THE aims I have are to pro­mote fam­ily busi­nesses and re­pair de­crepit in­fra­struc­ture. Small to medium busi­nesses are the life blood of our econ­omy and must be fos­tered and en­cour­aged. Our two main highways, the Cun­ning­ham and the War­rego des­per­ately need work done to make them safe to use. The cur­rent fed­eral mem­ber has failed to achieve this. No more lives should be lost through these un­safe thor­ough­fares be­ing sub­stan­dard.

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