One Nation candidate for seat of Richmond
PAULINE Hanson's One Nation party will endorse its first NSW federal candidate, Neil Smith for the seat of Richmond.
Mr Smith, a production manager and engineer, will become the party's sixth candidate.
The first time political tilt for Mr Smith comes after hearing an impassioned radio interview with One Nation leader Pauline Hanson.
"I agreed whole heartedly with Pauline and researched the party's policies online," Mr Smith said.
"I agreed with each of them. It was time I put my own life experience and success into supporting positive change on a federal level."
"It's time we have some genuine doers on the floor of parliament.
"A large number of current MPs have never been successful in their own right; they've learnt the art of politics and nothing more.
"I on the other hand have learnt from hard work, that has translated into my own personal success."
The seat of Richmond has traditionally been held by conservative parties, with Labor winning its second term due to preferences at the 2013 election.
"Labor haemorrhaged support with a 5.68% drop in primary votes at the last election, and I believe the people of Richmond are willing to back someone with form," Mr Smith said.
Mr Smith said he believed voters would send a clear message to the major parties this election.
"The two majors have put this region on a downward trajectory," he said.
"They have stood by and watched the demise of what used to be a prosperous dairy industry.
"They're in favour of supporting coal seam gas in this region, which One Nation is completely opposed to.
"If you want to know what creates sleepless nights for ordinary Australian's, you just have to listen!
"They're worried about jobs, the increase to the GST, economy instability, the drought and countless other issues that effect day to day living.
"Yet all our politicians seem concerned about, is sending billions of dollars to overseas aid. It has to stop!"
The One Nation candidate will be encouraging voters to throw their support behind his campaign and that of other independents and minor parties across the country.
Pauline Hanson will introduce Neil Smith to the public with a meet and greet in Tweed Heads tomorrow at the Chris Cunningham Park, 10:30am, and at Murwillumbah's Wharf St at 12pm with a town walk through Byron Bay and Kingcliff in the afternoon.