Stuart Bonds is a proud Australian farmer, coal miner and has been a resident of the hunter valley for 15 years. He lives in the Hunter with his wife and daughter and is taking up the fight this year against the major parties. Mr Bonds has worked alongside colleagues in private industry and did his trade as a fitter and machinist. He believes that apprenticeships are a very important, and currently under supported, part of Australia’s economy.
“We need to get more apprenticeships happening throughout the nation. One Nation’s policy to help subsidise the cost of putting apprentices on will help more businesses shoulder that expense and give Australia more home grown tradies for the future.”
“We need investment back into our local communities and the best way to do that is encourage businesses to invest in the future, our kids are our future”.
He is a strong believer in the coal industry and wants to create the economic environment and safety for companies to comfortably invest in more full-time employees and build large infrastructure projects in the local area.
“The Hunter area has been gutted of its revenue for far too long. We have the skills, we have the land, we have the resources and we have the desire to continue to be the major power supplier for the state for the next 50 years. Let’s stop demonising coal mines and let’s get these power plants built.”
Mr Bonds also stresses the need for investment in rural areas. The One Nation policy platform that he will continue to push for includes more infrastructure projects like dams, roads, bridges and infrastructure to link the city to the bush and give access to remote areas to try and curb the urbanisation of the country.
“We haven’t built a dam in 40 years, our power plants are ready for decommissioning and our roads are shot. You only need to take a drive to the city to see where the money is going.”
“People can’t move away from the city due to poor infrastructure planning. So, let’s bring the city to them. Let’s cut immigration and build the infrastructure we need to handle our current population so we can attract them to regional areas.”
Stuart says he is looking forward to the campaign and hopes the people of Hunter trust he is the right person to represent their needs in Parliament to get the area back on track.