At the age of 17, Matthew Thomson joined the Army Reserves where he served a number of periods on full time service. He credits the Army with instilling a drive and respect of others and self that pervades his life to this day.
Living north of Brisbane for close to 20 years, Matthew has always loved this corner of the world.
“The closeness to Moreton Bay, being able to easily reach out to the Sunshine Coast, the ability to explore phenomenal locations such as Mount Mee and the D’Aguilar Ranges, the beaches of Bribie Island and having all of that with easy access to the services of a city; as far as I’m concerned there’s nowhere better.”
Matthew says that out of everything, he cherishes time spent with his family, exploring and enjoying everything the region has to offer.
“You feel alive when you’re getting out and seeing this country. Living here gives us so much opportunity to do that and I’m incredibly grateful to have seen a lot of it with my wife & children.
Matthew grew up as a child in the well known rough and tumble Western Suburbs of Sydney. The media has only recently exposed the social breakdown in suburbs like Bankstown, Liverpool and Lakemba.
Making a career out of truck driving, Matthew spent countless hours criss crossing Australia’s biggest and most congested city in his earlier years.
“Peak hour was 24/7. There was no stopping. It’s not really fitting to just say somewhere was congested, you’d have a much harder time naming a place that wasn’t completely gridlocked.”
Matthew found the lifestyle in Sydney undesirable and unaffordable. The easy and friendly lifestyle in Queensland had always been attractive, so in 1997 Matthew & his wife purchased their first home on the Redcliffe peninsula.
“While I think growing up where I did made me everything I am today, I consider myself lucky to have moved away from that environment which had changed dramatically from when I was a kid. I didn’t want to raise a family in such a rough and tumble place.”
“I wanted to raise my kids to have real life skills and common sense, I didn’t think I needed to put them through the same school of hard knocks I had to go through to give them that.
“It really brings home how important One Nation’s policy of only bringing in as many immigrants as our infrastructure can handle and properly vetting the people we bring into this country is.”
While he loves the Burpengary area he now lives in and believes it has been an incredible place to raise his family, Matthew is concerned that the lifestyle he and many others in Longman have worked so hard for is being eroded away by an out of touch government.
“For starters our servicemen and women should not have to fight tooth and nail for medical or financial assistance. The members of our ADF have already fought for our freedom and security, with some paying the ultimate price.”
“It’s about time our government got serious about supporting current serving and past members of the ADF. We have a mental health epidemic sweeping through our defence services and they need our unconditional support to overcome it.”
“Retirees who have already contributed to our society for their entire life should be the last people, a government that can’t keep their own spending under control goes after. Let’s raise the pension, keep the family home out of the assets test and stay out of retirees nest eggs.”
“We need to equip our educators with better conditions and provide them with the tools to identify young adults that would be better directed to apprenticeships and trades as a career path.
“One Nation has a long history of supporting trades and apprenticeships, including our wage subsidy scheme where the government covers 75% of the apprentice’s first year wage, 50% of the second year and 25% of the third year to help businesses train more Australian skilled workers.”
While Matthew believes politicians are taking us down the wrong path on many issues, he says it’s not too late to start making decisions for the people and get this country back on track.
“We’ve worked hard over decades to build our life here in Longman. I think everyone in Longman deserves everything when it comes to working hard and building a prosperous lifestyle.”
“Almost everyone I’m talking to is saying the same thing. The current crop of politicians are not doing the job right and they’re leaving millions of us Australians behind in the dirt.
“You need people in Parliament who have the guts to say what you’re thinking. That’s what I want to be for Longman. I hope I can rely on your support to make that happen”