Unlikely candidate catches business eye
WHOEVER is elected on Saturday, Sunshine Coast Business Council wants our next generation of politicians to work as a team with other levels of government in the region’s best interests.
Greens, Labor and LNP candidates for Fisher and Fairfax have pitched to a gathering of Business Council members at Surfair with all showing a willingness to embrace a collaborative approach to deliver the game-changing infrastructure the region desperately needs.
Sunshine Coast Business Council president Sandy Zubrinich said the discussion was lively, with candidates more than willing to stand their ground on party policy.
“They were quite lively on their party positions,” she said.
Ms Zubrinich said the council did not put out assessments of candidates running for office, preferring the opportunity to get to know them in an informal setting to test the degree of their regional focus.
But she said it was the youngest candidate in the room who left the impression he would “make a decent politician down the track” even if his chances of causing a major upset this time round are highly unlikely.
Although Labor’s Bill Gissane spoke well, as did Andrew Wallace (LNP), the Greens Tony Gibson in Fisher and Ted O’Brien (LNP) and Sue Etheridge (Greens) in Fairfax Ms Zubrinich said it was Labor’s Fairfax candidate Scott Anderson who caught everyone’s attention.
Anderson, 27, is a father of two who commutes daily to Brisbane to work as an IT client support officer.
“Scott Anderson spoke very well,” she said. “The view in the room was he would make a decent politician down the track.
“Members were interested in what the candidates would achieve for the Coast and how they would get the Bruce Highway and the rail line duplicated.
“Answers can tend to be fluffy but there was a lot of discussion between candidates of the need to get the three levels of government here connected more frequently.
“The LNP candidates talked about funding won or nearly committed as did the ALP while the Greens pushed their national strategy which they argued would help everyone.”