Hi, I'm Andrew. It's my first time as a Greens candidate, and I'm very excited to do my bit in shifting politics away from big corporate interests to ordinary people.
I've enjoyed a diverse career which has found me labouring on farms, serving as a pastor in schools and churches, working on construction sites and running my own successful business as a mobile mechanic. I'm a people person, and I like to listen to people's ideas about the sort of world we could all live in.
I now live simply and happily, growing our own veggies on a small block in Maleny. One of the things I'm most proud of is having a great relationship with my three children, who are now all independent adults.
I never thought I would vote Green, let alone become a Greens candidate. I grew up in a rural area, voted LNP, and then later became an issues-based swinging voter. But I became utterly disillusioned with how most political parties are dependant on corporate donations. Corporations don't make these donations out of the goodness of their hearts. They do it to buy policy outcomes.
I joined the Greens because we can't be bought. We don't take corporate donations. We are driven by the needs of ordinary people, not the needs of corporate giants. As a result, governments on all sides have left rural communities like ours floundering.
People have lost trust in career politicians and for a good reason. The Greens actively seek creative, citizen-led solutions. Why should mining giants get unlimited free water when our farmers have to pay for every drop? We are a society, not just an economy.
We can have more local manufacturing opportunities and farmer cooperatives by electing representatives that recognise that vibrant, locally run small businesses and publicly owned essential services are essential for prosperity.
Together, we can shift power away from big corporations, banks and politicians back to where it belongs - with the people.
If you'd like to help, please get in touch.