Flinders candidates Q&A

WITH the state election on Saturday, the Port Lincoln Times asked the local electorate's four candidates three questions relevant to the seat of Flinders.

The questions were: Why should we vote for you?, What is your view on the 100kmh speed limit change proposal? and How would you address the exodus of the younger generation leaving for better prospects?

Liberal candidate for Flinders Peter Treloar

Liberal candidate for Flinders Peter Treloar

1. Why should we vote for you?

First and foremost, I have the electorate of Flinders at heart. After four years' experience, I believe I have grown in the role and have certainly enjoyed the challenge of representing such a large area. 

I have a solid understanding of the issues faced by people right across the electorate, from Border Village to Port Lincoln. 

I have a life-long commitment to the Eyre Peninsula, being a passionate local with experience in the primary industry sector in particular. 

I hope to be part of the new Liberal government, 12 years of Labor has been too long.

2. What is your view on the 100kmh speed limit change proposal?

The Liberal Party has taken the position that the speed limit on roads designated 110kmh should remain. 

Being a country person, I am well aware of the distance and time spent travelling. 

Slowing down drivers would reduce efficiency for those travelling for work and increase travel time and therefore fatigue for drivers. 

For the most part, cars are much improved from even a few years ago, and are much more capable of travelling safely at 110kmh. I have been more than happy to support lowering speed limits in built up areas and through smaller townships, but believe lowering the speed limit from 110kmh to 100kmh on the open road would not be a productive change. 

3. How would you address the exodus of the younger generation leaving for better prospects?

Should we win government, we plan to make it easier for business by establishing a regime to encourage a viable small business sector. 

This, in turn, will assist with creating jobs and retaining our youth here on Eyre Peninsula. 

The fact is, that when the economy is doing well, all else follows. 

We should always be open to the opportunities that new industries might bring. New or expanding sectors can bring development and demand for infrastructure, which in turn equates to jobs.

Labor candidate for Flinders Mathew Dean.

Labor candidate for Flinders Mathew Dean.

1. Why should we vote for you?

Labor has a comprehensive plan to keep building South Australia and if re-elected will continue to transform and modernise our economy.

The Liberal alternative is to cut jobs, services and government spending which will shrink our economy and cause unnecessary hardship.

Labor has heavily invested in infrastructure to create jobs and we have rebuilt hospitals and schools the Liberals left to languish the last time they were in.

This includes more than $200 million to upgrade more than 65 schools in regional South Australia.

And we now have more doctors, nurses, and police per person than any other state thanks to Labor's investment in these vital services.

2. What is your view on the 100kmh speed limit change proposal?

Adelaide University research found that by reducing speed limits from 110 kmh to 100 kmh, the risk of a casualty crash can decrease by as much as 54 per cent.

This is a significant decrease and has the potential to save countless country families the pain and grief that is inherent to motor accidents.

I therefore support the current review because I believe that the preservation of just one life would be worth any inconvenience caused by slowing down a mere 10 kmh.

3. How would you address the exodus of the younger generation leaving for better prospects?

Jobs are at the heart of Labor's plan to continue building South Australia.

South Australia's regions have established a strong economic base over the past 12 years in areas such as mining, tourism, and premium food and wine.

Labor will establish a regional mining infrastructure taskforce to capitalise on investment of our mineral resources.

And we will continue to invest in regional tourism infrastructure and campaigns to attract more visitors to our regions including the Eyre Peninsula.

Greens candidate for Flinders Felicity Wright.

Greens candidate for Flinders Felicity Wright.

1. Why should we vote for you?

I am a local person who is a passionate about the future of the Eyre Peninsula. 

I want to leave a liveable world to our children and grandkids. 

I also have broad life and work experience with a farm at Wangary, had a small business in Coffin Bay, work around the region as a consultant and raise kids here in local schools. 

I chose to live on the EP because it's one of the most beautiful places in Australia but worrying about the impact of climate change on all of us keeps me awake at night. 

I am proud of the stand The Greens have taken on so many environmental, social and economic issues in state parliament. 

We are a genuine alternative to the 'old politics' done by the major parties that focus on urban issues and basically ignores many of the crises we now face in our region and around the country. 

I am also pretty honest (you won't get any 'spin') and like to have a laugh. 

2. What is your view on the 100kmh speed limit change proposal?

This is a safety issue. Some of the roads in the region are poor, in fact some are downright dangerous. 

The Greens policy is that it needs to be considered on a road by road basis, for some roads a 110kmh speed limit is inviting disaster because they are unsafe. 

Reviewing the policy makes sense - every injury, every fatality is grief and suffering for a family and a community. 

3. How would you address the exodus of younger generation leaving for better prospects?

This affects me too with my oldest three kids now living in Adelaide and beyond, the youngest is still in school in Port Lincoln. 

I think it's important to ask that generation: what would bring you back to the EP? 

Let's listen to them, let's invite them to participate in discussions about how we can make staying on or returning to the region after study an attractive option for them. 

They are not my generation and their expectations of the world are so different to what I grew up with so I don't have the answer but together we can create solutions. Let's listen and innovate. 

We all know it's an incredible place to raise children, a wonderful lifestyle, so what is missing? 

I am committed to building and supporting sustainable local communities, we can't be a community without people. 

Family First candidate for Flinders Grant Wilson.

Family First candidate for Flinders Grant Wilson.

1. Why should we vote for you?

I bring 40 years experience in the work force, mostly in face-to-face situations. 

I relate well to people, and promise to listen and act. Family First has a proven track record of supporting, and even initiating, policies in the SA upper house for the benefit of people in country SA. 

As an independent watchdog party we will continue to do that, regardless of who is in government, and if I am elected I will not be a lone independent, but have the backing of Rob Brokenshire MLC - and Dennis Hood MLC if re-elected - for Family First in the upper house.

2. What is your view on the 100kmh speed limit change proposal?

Family First exposed the extent of the government's plans, and it is alarming - only five major country arterial roads statewide to remain 110kmh. 

Our road toll is a serious problem but reducing the speed limit by 10 per cent means spending 10 per cent more time on the roads - more time to get tired and make mistakes, more time to be involved in an accident. 

The irresponsible few who exceed the current limit of 110kmh would more than likely continue to exceed a new 100kmh limit. The government needs to upgrade roads and only reduce limits if the community supports it.

3. How would you address the exodus of the younger generation leaving for better prospects?

Young people often leave the area is to find employment or further education. 

We need to expand employment opportunities in our region, in industries like tourism, primary production and, with appropriate safeguards, mining within Family First's Royalties for Regions policy - which the major parties have not supported when we have moved to legislate it twice in parliament.

If elected I'll lobby to expand TAFE and university offerings in Flinders.

Family First also wants to relocate more public service jobs into country areas, where public servants' families contribute to the local communities and economies, serving the community with local knowledge.

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