Pauline Hanson and One Nation wields Rod in Wright
PAULINE Hanson's One Nation has made its move on the federal seat of Wright with new candidate Rod Smith unveiled in Boonah yesterday.
Ms Hanson, who will run for the senate at the federal election this year, said Mr Smith would be "a great representative for the people".
Mr Smith has been a member of One Nation for almost 20 years, is married with four children between the ages of 16 and 30 and has expertise in small business.
A tiler by trade, he is living at Coleyville and is set to move into Boonah and take on sitting LNP MP Scott Buchholz.
Ms Hanson has long been concerned by the impact globalisation has had on primary producers, the manufacturing sector and the economy generally.
Mr Smith said those impacts had only worsened.
"At the first One Nation meeting I went to it was all about older folk having to plough their citrus trees into the ground - about having to put their pigs down because they were bringing in imported cooked pork," he said.
"They were the issues as globalisation unfolded and it became a monster that no-one could back into the box.
"Those issues are still there today. There are a lot of family farms that are still scratching by.
"We have two million small businesses and how many of those are just hanging on by their toenails?
"I have been in small business for 30 years and I understand the issues.
"Small business has always been a junior portfolio in government and I haven't seen the whole of government approach to it that Tony Abbott promised."
Ensuring multinational companies pay their fair share of tax is a major issue for One Nation, but Mr Smith added that raising the GST was not the solution to rising government debt.
"There is so much wastage," he said.
"Surely the government could shepherd their resources better than they are doing."
Mr Smith said his focus in Wright would be on listening to the public.
He said long-term job security was a major issue for people, particularly the youth in the region.
"I care about young people and the unemployment rate and about people trying to get their first home.
"I am concerned that the paths to people getting on in life are getting tougher and tougher.
"I have seen that first-hand from my own children's point of view.
"We are about giving people hope, improving governance and giving people more of a say."
Ms Hanson said her candidates would not be micromanaged, but would be out in the electorates listening to the public about their needs and acting accordingly.
"I am promoting the fact that people who stand as our candidates are not there to tow the party line," she said.
"We do have our policies, but I want our candidates to represent the community.
"Rod is a quiet achiever and really switched on with a lot of issues.
"He is well read, has a strong knowledge of taxation and he is a small businessman who understands the struggles of keeping a business going.
"Rod will be an excellent representative of the people."