Peter Dutton MP (Liberal National Party)
Last August, The Coalition had a leadership spill, meaning the party decided to vote on who their new leader would be. Mr Dutton failed to take leadership from ex-Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Recently, Mr Dutton suggested that Ali France was “using her disability as an excuse for not moving into [Dickson].” He later apologised. France had a leg amputated after a car accident in 2011.
“Dutton is the most senior member of the government in a marginal seat and his defeat would be a major blow to the Coalition, whether or not they stay in power,” Ben Raue wrote for The Guardian.
Ali France (Australian Labor Party)
“Ali knows people are struggling and need a health system they can rely on – not one that is being cut to fund tax breaks for banks and big business.”
Here’s a statement from Ali France, addressing Mr Dutton’s above comments:
“If I am fortunate enough to represent the people of Dickson, I will have to buy a home and renovate it so that it is accessible…Unlike my opponent who has nine houses, one of which is in the electorate, I have just one house that has been built to accommodate my disability.”
Benedict Coyne (The Australian Greens)
Here’s Mr Coyne’s response to a request for comment:
“Today we see in the Banking Royal Commission that we’ve sadly come full circle; we’re back again at the point where rich and powerful corporations are misusing their power to take from everyday Australians. We see the Major Parties selling out their values and taking millions of dollars in donations from those same powerful corporations and not properly representing everyday Australians.
As a human rights lawyer I have stood for everyday Australians in protecting their rights against the big corporations with their fat wallets, their greed, their vested interests. As a father, a hard worker, a professional, a muso, a poet and the son of small business owners, I would like to stand for you, to stand for your rights to be heard, for your rights to a fair slice of the pie, to set right the values of our society.”
Stephen Austin (United Australia Party)
Carrol Halliwell (Pauline Hanson’s One Nation)
Richelle Simpson (Fraser Anning’s Conservative National Party)
Maureen Brohman (Animal Justice Party)
Here’s Ms Brohman’s response to a request for comment:
“I am excited and humbled to run as a candidate for the Animal Justice Party. I will provide a voice for the voiceless, shed light through education and create change to help bring an end to animal cruelty at all levels. We need an independent office of animal protection that can implement harsher penalties for those who hurt animals. It is not enough for politicians to focus on economics alone. We need change to establish a kinder and more sustainable future.
It is beyond time to act. There is no longer time for complacency or ignorance. Education and action are essential to change laws and halt the reality of what is really happening to animals and our planet. Animal cruelty and extinction of our most vulnerable is a very real concern.”
Thor Prohaska (Independent)
“[I] believe that an elected representative should represent what the majority in the electorate want and if elected that is what I will do. So regardless of what I think I will vote how the majority stand on these and all other policies.”