Nic Faulkner.
Nic Faulkner.

Non-party man back for another shot

THE first independent candidate to put up his hand for the seat of Richmond in the Federal election hopes to strike a chord with voters who are ‘sick of party politics’.

“I’m not your average politician,” Brunswick Heads resident Nic Faulkner said yesterday. “I don’t intend to be.

“We’ve been getting too many average politicians for too long.”

Nicolas de Bray Faulkner, as he was named on ballot papers in previous flings at election, is no stranger to politics.

The 54-year-old father of three grown-up children stood in the 2001 Richmond poll against former National Party MP Larry Anthony. At the time Mr Faulkner won only 161 votes, or 0.22 per cent of all votes cast.

He also stood, unsuccessfully, for mayor of Byron Shire in 2000.

But Mr Faulkner said he had studied and prepared well for his latest run for parliament.

“I’ve done a lot of research in constitutional law,” he said. “I’m very involved with Aboriginal people and have a very deep connection with their law and their culture.

“And I’m sick and tired of party politics. It’s not about the Labor Party or the Liberal Party. It’s about good governance of our nation.

“That’s where my connection with the Aboriginal people comes in.... it’s what’s best for the whole mob. The people we have in parliament are the wrong people.

“They really don’t have much idea of the law to start with.”

Mr Faulkner is passionate about several national issues, including when our National Day should be celebrated.

He challenged readers to name the date on which the Commonwealth of Australia became independent of the United Kingdom and promised to provide an answer later.

But he could face constitutional questions himself in the surprise event that he wins the seat.

As a Singapore-born joint British and Australian citizen he could be legally prevented from sitting in Federal Parliament, as was dual citizen and One Nation senator-elect Heather Hill in 1999.

Earlier this week, Mr Faulkner challenged sitting Labor MP Justine Elliot to debate a range of issues.

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