AS polling booths have opened for early voting in the Queensland general election, Scenic Rim residents prepare to exercise their democratic rights.
After early voting centres opened their doors on Monday morning, 1384 Scenic Rim voters cast their ballots, followed by 1608 on Tuesday and 1309 on Wednesday.
For readers who have not yet decided who should get their vote, the Beaudesert Times invited all six candidates to send in a brief video outlining who they are and a bit about what they stand for.
Your candidates for the Scenic Rim include:
Jon Krause, LNP
Mr Krause is the incumbent MP and has held his position since 2012.
He said the LNP wanted to get Queenslanders working, and was committed to no new taxes.
"I will continue to fight for the Scenic Rim's fair share for better roads, fair laws for farmers, water security and a $300 rego rebate to get the economy going before Christmas," he said.
"Our community needs to get its fair share from Brisbane, and only a change in government will deliver that.
Luz Stanton, Labor
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Ms Stanton is a single mother, small business owner and carer to a daughter with disability and says she gets what resilience means and sees that quality in so many Scenic Rim residents.
She said the Labor government had worked hard to maximize the economic potential of local industries and increase local and regional jobs and promised to work with the community to increase the frontline health and education services
Paul Henselin, Pauline Hanson's One Nation
Mr Henselin has been campaigning for Australian asset preservation, support for farmers and more resources for Scenic Rim youth and families.
"One Nation will never sell off our most valuable resources and assets like our water land infrastructure and industry," he said.
"My plan... is to take immediate action by restoring and supporting our farmers at all levels ... to see our electricity and water costs reduced, our manufacturing industry re established and taking care of Australians first and foremost."
Pietro Agnoletto, Greens
Mr Agnoletto is an anthropologist, environmentalist and specialist in primitive art as well as a long term resident of the Scenic Rim.
He said he would focus on social issues, the economy, better roads, education and hospitals and the importance of protecting the environment to ensure the Scenic Rim lifestyle remained sustainable and durable.
"I'm not someone coming from a philosophy of hope of hope but rather a philosophy of assertive action," he said.
Deborah Husbands, Informed Medical Options Party
Ms Husbands said she would fight for people's right the make informed health choices around COVID-19 and other issues.
"I came across a party that actually cared to make a stand, a no nonsense approach to our freedom of choice," she said.
"I have been vaccinated for extensive travelling, but I couldn't swallow being forced into vaccination for a virus that has a 99 per cent recovery rate. So I thought now was the time to stand up and make my voice for your choice count."
Brad Fowler, United Australia Party
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Mr Fowler was born in Brisbane and grew up on Tamborine Mountain. He runs a successful media and marketing business from the Gold Coast.
The UAP is led by Clive Palmer, who has promised to reduce taxes and abolish the Fringe Benefits Tax. The UAP also wants to increase the aged pension by 20 per cent and promises to inject $80 billion into the national health budget.
Mr Fowler said he decided to nominate for the United Australia Party with the view that things must change.
"Perpetuated failings, abandonment and detrimental repetitious behaviour will only continue to produce the same uninspiring results," he said.
Voting: what you need to know
In a state election voters must number all boxes in order of preference, this is called full preferential voting.
The Queensland Electoral Commission website explains the FPV process:
- The first step is checking each vote is formal by ensuring all the boxes are properly numbered on the ballot paper.
- Polling officials then count first preferences by looking for the number one (1) next to a candidate's name and allocating the vote to that person.
- Next, the person with the lowest number of first preference votes is eliminated from the count and their second preferences are allocated to the remaining candidates.
- Now, the next person with the lowest number of votes is eliminated and their preferences are distributed.
- This process of elimination continues until just two candidates remain and one has the majority of votes.
- Once the result is clear, the Commission declares the successful candidate.