One Nation candidate for Nanango has declared war on LNP leader Deb Frecklington, suggesting the seat will come down to Labor preferences.
Tony Scrimshaw served a combined 14 years in the Australian Army and Navy before moving to Nanango and says the current member is no leader.
“Queensland faces its toughest battle since World War 2 in the wake of the coronavirus and I don’t see Deb Frecklington leading us out of this economic nightmare,” Mr. Scrimshaw said.
“If you can’t inspire your own electorate, you’ve got Buckley's chance of inspiring the rest of the state.”
The One Nation candidate admits Labor must go but says after living in Nanango for the past 8 years, the region still faces uncertainty when it comes to water security.
"If Deb Frecklington had the same drive and passion for Nanango and regional Queensland as Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen did, I wouldn’t be standing.”
Mr. Scrimshaw blames a lack of water for dwindling peanut harvests and an uncertain farming future for the region as Bjelke-Petersen Dam drops to just 16.05% of capacity.
“As a former defence person, I’ve travelled to third world countries that don’t have water security, and they’re stuffed."
"I never want to see Queensland or the country end up in that same position because we didn’t have the foresight to do something about it.”
“We have the means, the expertise, and the AA+ credit rating to borrow the money to start building infrastructure that will give us water security for agriculture and the future growth of our nation.”
“I’m not interested in another feasibility study on the Bradfield Scheme, the last one was done in 2018 and passed with flying colours."
"Our capacity to grow crops across the Nanango electorate is only limited by its access to water.”
Mr. Scrimshaw has also identified the need to start work on building a new High Energy, Low Emissions (HELE) power generator alongside the ageing Tarong Power Station.
“I don’t agree with Deb Frecklington’s plans to close Tarong and cover prime agricultural land with solar panels.”
“I’m in favour of a mix of energy, however, Queensland must keep its coal-fired power to ensure reliable and affordable energy for households and manufacturing.”
"You don’t cut your nose off to spite your face, otherwise we will simply price ourselves out of the market when competing with overseas manufacturers,” Mr. Scrimshaw said.
The One Nation candidate is confident Nanango is seeking change but doesn’t expect Deb Frecklington to be returned after the October 31 election.