For 8 years being Member for Burnett was the best job in the world. I humbly thank those who supported me and those who made contact and asked for help. I’d especially like to thank my very talented and dedicated staff, Broni Stewart, Mel Bradford and my beautiful wife Fern.
They were responsible for the good that came from my office. I take responsibility for any mistakes.
Since a local journalist (Mike Derry) from the Bundaberg News Mail rang on Thursday (11.10.12) and asked if I would stand for the seat of Hinkler at the next federal election, I began to focus on a future political career.
(Mike’s phone call was allegedly prompted by local LNP’s member’s questions about my political future. It’s nice to know they still think about me occasionally…)
During the last months, and in conjunction with family and friends I have seriously considered my political future. During this process, I also had many discussions with Australian Defense Force Veterans, especially those who had served in Vietnam.
One Vet I have great respect for is Roger Dwyer. I advocated for Roger while I was a state parliamentarian. Roger was made a criminal by a state Labor government, because he repaired with some crushed rock, a small section of riverbank near the mouth of the Gregory River QLD, so that fellow disabled Vets could access a Veteran’s retreat.
If you’d like to see Roger’s extraordinary story click on this YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiCYuxBYBwU
There are many injustices, which still exist for all former and serving Australian Defense Force personnel and their families, including significant problems associated with military pensions, medical care for injured ADF troops and general under resourcing.
After taking advise from people like Veterans, Roger Dwyer, Jim Wieland and John Smith (president of the QLD Vietnam Veterans’ association) I had decided to stand as a conservative independent candidate for Hinkler who would champion Veterans and defense force issues in Canberra, should I be elected.
I changed the decision to stand as an independent, after meeting with Clive Palmer, Alexander Douglas MP and Carl Judge MP on the 4.1.13 who have indicated that they are now working toward establishing a new conservative political party called the United Australia Party.
The story of our meeting can be found at:
I intend to stand for federal parliament as a member of the United Australia Party, once it has been established. Yes, there is still a lot of work to be done to achieve the goal of a new conservative political party for Australia.
However, I’m confident that with respected political professionals like Clive Palmer, Alexander Douglas MP and Carl Judge MP leading the way, the people of Australia will soon have an exciting new political alternative, which will deliver commonsense solutions to our Nation’s great challenges.