Meet your Schubert candidates

Stephan Knoll, Liberal candidate for Schubert .

Stephan Knoll, Liberal candidate for Schubert .

Tony Hurn, Family First candidate for Schubert.

Tony Hurn, Family First candidate for Schubert.

Jasemin Rose, The Greens candidate for Schubert.

Jasemin Rose, The Greens candidate for Schubert.

Adam Slobodian, Labor candidate for Schubert.

Adam Slobodian, Labor candidate for Schubert.

Why should people vote for you?

I am a local candidate who has a real passion for our region. If elected I would be committed to serving the people of Schubert and their interests in State Parliament. I am honest, committed and enthusiastic about providing the representation residents of Schubert deserve.

What makes you stand out from other the other candidates?

I have a family business background that has created hundreds of jobs here in Schubert and across our state. I know what it takes to help businesses grow and prosper and create the opportunities that will encourage our young people to stay in South Australia. We need a local member who understands the needs of the electorate. I am involved with many community groups and organisations in our region and this has enabled me to gain a thorough understanding of the issues facing the region.

If you were elected as the Member for Schubert would you look at getting the Barossa Hospital built? 

If elected, fighting for a Barossa Hospital will be a top priority. With the budget in the mess that it is after 12 years of Labor, we need to put steps in place to get South Australia back on track. We need to bring the budget back to surplus so that we can invest in health, education and transport infrastructure, such as a new hospital. In the short term I am committed to improving the business case for a new hospital so that it can be built as soon as possible. 

If you were elected as the Member for Schubert would you help to improve the Barossa public transport system? And would this include a train that would take tourists and residents alike to the city or at least to Gawler where they could then hope onto the Gawler train? 

Transport is a major issue that locals frequently raise with me. I will push to improve public transport for the region and provide locals with a safe, clean and reliable transport system. I would also love to see the train return to the Barossa as a commuter resource and to boost tourism to the region.

During your campaign have there been other major issues/projects that residents have approached you about that you will tackle if elected? 

There are a broad range of issues that people have discussed with me over the past 12 months, including health, cost of living, business red tape and road infrastructure. The condition of our road network has been highlighted as a major issue. As a rural electorate, we rely on a good quality road network to allow us to get around safely and efficiently. I am pleased that State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall has committed to doubling black spot funding to make our roads safer, if elected.

Why should people vote for you?

I am a bus driver from Angaston who has served the Barossa community on various committees including a hospital board, sporting administration and as a member of a local council.  I have done significant volunteer work and am a former glider pilot.  I was also instrumental in helping to form Barossa Radio Triple-B FM. 

I believe that this experience serving the community is what will make me an effective Member of Parliament for the seat of Schubert. 

What issues/projects will you tackle if re-elected?

Family First support the reinstating of passenger rail services into the Barossa, and though this has been an old chestnut for some time, we feel that with Rob Brokenshire and, hopefully, a re-elected Dennis Hood in the Upper House, we have a team of three MPs committed to use their crossbench positions – whoever is in Government – to make this a reality for tourism and residents who want to commute from the Barossa.  Major housing growth needs to occur at Roseworthy to improve housing affordability, but that will place demand on transport and health services, meaning we need to plan now for a new hospital campus in the region.

Family First has also shamed the Labor Government into staying vigilant on phylloxera, as Victoria keeps pushing us to lower our standards.  Phylloxera would wipe out our grape industry and local economy, as it once did in Europe. 

We have passed through the Upper House, and will keep pushing for, Right to Farm legislation so that farmers can keep on doing what they have always done without hindrance from neighbours who move in and complain about noise or other farm activities, or by their own actions threaten the viability of existing farms.  Right to Farm laws are needed in the Barossa, and as local member I’ll keep pushing for that to become a reality.

Why should people vote for you?

A vote for me is a vote for our SA Greens leader, Mark Parnell who, with his team, is standing for the Legislative Council. Mark is a voice of reason and an effective advocate in the Upper Houses of Parliament. The Greens are working towards a better way forward for South Australia. While the old parties fight each other, I join with Mark and the other Greens to show that there is a better way for SA. I consider it an honor to stand for Schubert. I share the passionate feeling for our country that primary producers understand. I am fit, well informed and keep my word. 

I was educated as a teacher librarian. For 24 years I ran a large toy library that included a service for children with special needs. I successfully lobbied for funding for that service. I have had a wide experience as a volunteer including as the President of the Conservation Council of SA, several environment groups and on large number of school, sporting, government and community committees.  I have been a past representative on the Adelaide Hills Pest Control Board and the State Bushfire Advisory Committee. 

If elected I will work hard with other Greens to stop open cut mining, “fracking” for gas, the ongoing loss of agricultural land, stop urban sprawl, protect native plants and animals, ensure the protection of water catchments and the River Murray. 

What makes you stand out from the other candidates? 

As a member of the Greens I want to send out a message to the old parties that a sustainable future for our children should be our top priority. 

If you were elected as the Member for Schubert would you look at getting the Barossa Hospital built?

The Greens know that prevention is not only better than cure, it also frees up funds to ensure enough hospital beds and an emphasis on better health for all. Sufficient funding to achieve these goals would mean keeping South Australia healthy. 

If you were elected as the Member for Schubert would you help to improve the Barossa public transport system? And would this include a train that would take tourists and residents alike to the city or at least to Gawler where they could then hop onto the Gawler train?

Yes. The Greens are the only party that stands up for better public transport. This will make life easier by moving people faster and reducing congestion on roads. 

During your campaign have there been other major issues/projects thatresidents have approached you about that you will tackle if elected?

The recent dreadful bush fires require considerable support from both Federal and State Governments. Blaze volunteers are already beginning to help our farmers re-fence their properties. This is a very long-term commitment that will require considerable supportfrom people not been affected by these fires. Fortunately the people of Schubert have a history of helping their fellow residents. I have been raising this issue with members some of the clubs I belong to and hope this will result in some additional volunteers for the project.

We are rapidly losing our native animals and vegetation. Many people care a great deal about the natural and built heritage of Schubert. If elected I will join with Mark Parnell and the other Greens towards achieving much better protective legislation.

My years of experience in the education system have provided me with a sound understanding of parents concerns about their children’s education and a sympathy for their concerns. The Greens strongly believe that everyone has a right to a quality education regardless of their postcode or parents' bank balance. 

Why should people vote for you?

This is an important time for South Australia and it is vital that the next government has a plan to support the state’s development. This includes maintaining jobs in manufacturing, developing the tourism and food production industries and helping future generations through a strong education policy. Labor has a strong track record of fighting for South Australia and it’s important that we continue to do so.

What makes you stand out from other the other candidates?

I have a very keen interest in developing Labor’s plan for clean, green food production and the tourism opportunities associated with it. If elected, I would be a strong voice for the Barossa.

If you were elected as the Member for Schubert would you look at getting the Barossa Hospital built? 

Labor has transformed our health system by investing almost $2 billion to rebuild every metropolitan public hospital and major country hospital.

Our record investment in health has resulted in South Australia having more nurses, doctors, midwives, paramedics and allied health professionals than any other state in the country.

Importantly, a re-elected Labor government will bring together important community healthcare programs under a new Health@Home initiative.This new initiative will see community-based services that help people manage their health, particularly those with chronic diseases, to remain independent at home.

These services will also reduce the need for hospital admission and help those in hospital to get home quicker.

If elected, insuring that the people of the Barossa have access to world class medical services will be among my highest priorities.

If you were elected as the Member for Schubert would you help to improve the Barossa public transport system? And would this include a train that would take tourists and residents alike to the city or at least to Gawler where they could then hope onto the Gawler train? 

Labor has invested more than $6 billion in State’s transport infrastructure. If elected, I will be a strong advocate for public transport in the Barossa.

During your campaign have there been other major issues/projects that residents have approached you about that you will tackle if elected? 

Employment growth is one of the key issues facing regional South Australians including the Barossa.Labor supports regional communities by investing in roads, schools and hospitals and by investing in new industries.

Labor will also invest in training so people are skilled and job ready and able to take advantage of new jobs in the mining, agricultural and tourism sectors as they become available.

This story Meet your Schubert candidates first appeared on Barossa & Light Herald.

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