The following is a campaign statement on behalf of Peter Schuback, Australia First member and candidate for Hervey Bay.
Peter Schuback: Achievements
I started the campaign to clean up Asbestos in Schools.
I put pressure on to the government to get two major toxic waste dumps cleaned up.
I put government and schools on notice under duty of care laws to stop bullying in schools.
With the help of the ACCC, I took Telstra to the high court in Melbourne for false and misleading advertising.
I took the oil companies on and forced them to pay compensation to people when their engines and pumps failed after the oil companies introduced low sulphur diesel without notifying anyone.
I forced the Federal Government to honour a contract to supply funds for a main road after promises were made leading up to an election.
I, along with Ken Hay, forced the State Government to clean up dumped refugee boats out of the Fitzroy River.
I have issued over 300,000 requests for a review of an infringement notice forms to people in Australia and overseas so they can contest unfair fines without going to court.
I exposed the State Government’s misinformation on Q-fever and made people aware of the problems caused from this disease.
I have, as the vice-president of the Australian Long Distance Owners and Drivers Association, lobbied to get safe rates for truck drivers.
I have put the Government on notice using their own laws in regards to unsafe roads and they are now being pursued by persons who have been injured because of dangerous road conditions.
I am currently fighting to try to stop the increase in Fire Levies and the down-grading of a number of rural fire services.
I am currently letting people know about the failures of ULP (Unleaded petrol) and the damage that ethanol can and will do to your engines.
I have fought to make people aware of their rights and to stop governments from introducing unfair and unworkable laws.
I have for many years worked to make sure that people get a fair deal and that people are not screwed by Government departments.
I have achieved many things over and above what is listed here and I will continue to work to look after people and our region.
I have achieved more than most of the other candidates that are running for this council have.
If you want someone that will work and that has already achieved then give me your vote or if you want a would-be-if-they-could-be vote for someone else. While they are talking about it, I get it done.
Ideas and Solutions
We have problems, so I will set out some of them with the solutions.
Problems: high unemployment, low occupancy rates for accommodation suppliers, drugs and crime, small businesses going broke from lack of turn-over, homelessness – high number of people that are homeless or are couch hopping / sleeping in cars and in tents some in the bush – and that is just a few of our local problems.
Solutions to problems: high unemployment can or could be solved by turning our area into a trade free zone or enterprise zone, giving businesses an incentive to come to our region to set up with tax relief.
Problem: low occupancy rate for accommodation suppliers. Solution: promote our region along with all other shires in our region in a joint push for tourists. Simple ideas like distributing 250,000 leaflets promoting our region in other states.
Problem: drugs and crime. Solution: get courts to sentence first offenders to either a term in jail or a term learning a trade so they are given a chance to become a tradie in life. Make them work and be tired and they won’t have enough time to get stoned or commit petty crimes.
Problem: small businesses going broke. Solution: promote our area or region by having our school children become pen-friends with other children around Australia and the rest of the world and have them invite those children to our region for holidays. They spend money and our region prospers. Put up signs up and down the highways telling people what we have to offer. Send out DVDs of the attractions in our area to all military bases around the world inviting the people that view then to come here for R&R. Get a rep to travel to all major businesses around Australia that employ a large number of people and show them the DVDs over lunch and give out promotional material. Steel mills, car manufacturers, paper mills and many other large volume employers would be targeted.
Problem: homeless persons. Solution: build low cost accommodation for our homeless. (Could be Council owned and operated to create an income for the council and a asset that increases in value.) A 9 metre x 6 metre cottage can cost as little as $30,000 to build. Ok, so they are not flash, but they are dry and can be built to get people off of the streets and out of cars. Low-cost accommodation of this sort is going to become a priority in the coming years as our populations get older and they can not afford the high costs of the current type of accommodation.
Ok, so we have a problem with crime in our area and there are a lot of young people that are getting themselves into trouble and spoiling their lives and we need to stop and look at the reasons why. Education is in some way at fault and I am not blaming the teachers but the system. Some young people are either academically bright or lean more towards trades. The ones that lean towards trades should have the ability in school to be taught a trade say from grade eight and they would be trade-ready and have the qualifications to be tradespeople when they leave school and would only have to do one year under a master tradesman while the ones that are more academically inclined should be taught the skills they need in that area to follow their dreams. As we all know children develop at different speeds and some will not be able to be taught trades whilst still at school and will come out of the education system still lacking life skills. I believe the solution here is to train them when they are a little more mature. That's where our retired tradies come into play. They should, if they wish, become trainers and to give them the incentives to train people they should be able to earn up to $40,000 per year tax free. So where is this money coming from? Well, it costs around $40,000 per year so I have been informed to keep one young person in a low-security facility. For every person that we keep out of the jail system and out of trouble we will be able to employ a trainer. There are many retired people out there who can and would like to pass on their skills. We are not going to be able to help every child but for every one we keep away from drugs and crime, we and our society are the winners and the young people we help will be able to contribute to our society in a meaningful way.
Ok, so here are a few ideas to fix some of our problems. All are low cost and will give value for money.
So now it’s time for people to stop whinging about our region and its problems and get off of their butts and do some thing to fix the problems. GET INVOLVED and work to fix the problems. All of the above affect us all in one way or another so help to fix the problems.
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Written and Authorised by Peter Schuback 191 Condor Drive Hervey bay 4655.
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