Neil is a very forward thinking, innovative person who takes on challenges and seeks to apply ‘out of the box’ solutions where others fail.
He considers his attitude to learning and education is a lifelong endeavour and his willingness to listen and accept all points of view before making decisions based on fact and sound reasoning is a natural process.
As hardworking person that has enjoyed both city and regional area living, Neil has had to adapt having been through many retrenchments due to the downturn in Australian manufacturing and industry transferring overseas.
Neil started his working career as an apprentice Toolmaker in the whitegoods industry and has had to undertake continuous learning to advance his position within the Labour market having studied engineering through to design manufacturing and a Diploma in Business management.
Neil says that the One Nation secured pilot program for 1600 regional apprenticeships should be rolled out in Paterson to help the many young school leavers struggling to find employment. Under the scheme, the government will subsidise 75% of the apprentices first year wages, 50% of the second year’s and 25% of the third year’s wages is far more necessary that the government’s proposal to accept more and more overseas workers.
Neil has seen our farming sector produce products and compete in markets that are heavily subsidised while having to contend with droughts and other weather events. He believes more assistance and infrastructure should be available such as One Nation’s water infrastructure policy of building dams, water infrastructure and a Hybrid Bradfield water scheme.
“For far too long our politicians have wallowed in infighting and focusing on the inane instead of creating nation building and wealth creating projects.”
Neil is of the firm conviction that One Nation’s policy to build High Efficiency Low Emission power stations for cheap and reliably power is essential for the competitiveness of our industries including the Tomago Aluminium plant in the Paterson electorate which many workers depend on for their livelihood.
“At least 50% of coal mined in the Hunter and transported out of our port is sold to Japan for power generation, it is unthinkable that we buy back products cheaper than we can produce ourselves due to our high electricity costs.”
Neil is also approaching retirement age and, in the current climate where franking credits are under attack by the Labor party, and the ability of retirees and pensioners to plan for a comfortable retirement is being eroded Neil says:
“For pensioners the increase in electricity prices and rate rises have severely impacted on their quality of life, The One Nation policy of increases to the aged pension is necessary and if governments want people to plan to be less reliant on welfare they should keep their hands off.”
If given the honour of being your representative for Paterson, Neil promises to fight for your issues in Parliament.