Hassell v Wilson in O’Connor poll

Michael TraillNarrogin Observer
WAFarmers Federation Upper Great Southern zone president John Hassell says farmers are getting ready to begin seeding next month.
Camera IconWAFarmers Federation Upper Great Southern zone president John Hassell says farmers are getting ready to begin seeding next month. Credit: Shannon Hampton

Pingelly farmer John Hassell will take on sitting MP Rick Wilson from Katanning for the seat of O’Connor in this year’s Federal election.

“There’s a fundamental difference between both the major parties and the National Party, and that is that they have to toe the party line,” Mr Hassell said.

“They cannot and will not stand up to their parties when something is not good for the electorate.”

Mr Hassell, a former CBH board director, has placed focus on the live export trade, infrastructure, indigenous and rural health as he campaigns as the Nationals’ candidate for the seat of O’Connor.

“Indigenous health is a massive issue, if you consider an indigenous woman is 26 times more likely to end up in hospital from domestic violence, seven times more likely to die at the hands of a partner than the rest of Australia, that is a drastic issue,” he said.

“These are Third World problems that we need to be addressing and we seem to not be; I will be working very hard to do something about it.”

Mr Hassell is at odds with the current Coalition Government in Canberra when it comes to national security.

“(The Government) spend a lot of money on terrorism, but we have very, very few terrorism activities in Australia, so I don’t think that’s a huge (issue),” he said.

Mr Hassell suggested that border security was a national security issue; however, that was due to the influx of people from cultures that clashed with Australia’s own.

Rick Wilson officially launched his 2019 Federal re-election campaign in Albany on February 8 with WA Senator Dean Smith, Leader of the State Opposition Mike Nahan and City of Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington.

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