KEEN STARTER: Ron Dickinson is contesting Oxley.
KEEN STARTER: Ron Dickinson is contesting Oxley. Contributed

Independent standing on platform for public good

THEY haven't been registered by the Australian Electoral Commission yet, but the Australian Independents have announced another candidate for the next Federal election.

Describing itself as "a new political party awaiting registration with the AEC", it has pre-selected Ron Dickinson to contest the seat of Oxley.

In a statement from Australian Independents leader Dr Patricia Petersen, Mr Dickinson said he was thrilled to have been selected.

"I've been interested in politics for many years and heavily involved in issues relevant to the community, but never put my hand up to run as a candidate," Mr Dickinson said. "I'm very concerned for the welfare of my wife Sandhya and four children, residents in Ipswich and surrounding areas and want to make a difference. I'm over the moon I've been given an opportunity to do that."

He said he would be running on issues such as "ridding Ipswich of toxic waste, including the landfill at New Chum, housing affordability, improving public transport and better access to doctors and specialists".

"I grew up in the electorate of Oxley, living in Darra, Oxley, Goodna and Riverview. I've lived in Redbank Plains for the past 30 years. I know what problems people in the area are facing.

"I wanted to run as an Australian Independents candidate because the Independents are the only party that is for stamping out homelessness and eradicating poverty," he said.

Dr Petersen, who earlier this month announced she was her party's Senate candidate for Queensland, said she was confident that "Mr Dickinson's heart is in the right place".

Sitting Member Bernie Ripoll admitted he hadn't heard of Mr Dickinson or the Australian Independents, but welcomed people running for good reasons.

"My reaction to any candidate is that we have a robust political environment here in Australia and I welcome anyone who would put themself forward in the spirit of trying to improve their community," Mr Ripoll said.

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