Clive Palmer will field a candidate in the bellwether seat of Eden-Monaro for the federal election on September 14.
The fifth generation farmer and mayor of Cooma Monaro Shire Council, Dean Lynch, is the latest candidate to be announced by Clive Palmer’s United Party and will stand for Eden-Monaro against the sitting member, Mike Kelly. Also running for the seat are Liberal candidate, Peter Hendy and Greens candidate Catherine Moore.
Clive Palmer, who has taken to describing himself as Australia’s next Prime Minister, has vowed to field 100 candidates around the country and announced Dean Lynch’s candidacy on Sunday 2 June.
Dean Lynch describes his announcement as “the right thing to do” and sees standing for the federal seat as an extension of his current role representing the people of the region. His main concerns are in policies that are aimed at “wealth creation across the board”.
Mr Lynch described the electorate as being “tired of career politicians”.
“Mike (Kelly) is a great bloke, but I think he’s been hamstrung by the Labor Party,” he added.
“I’d like voters to think about how they’ve been represented by the major parties in the past. Don’t be nonchalant about your vote, just because you’ve voted for Labor or Liberal.”
Mr Lynch said even though he was well-known across the Monaro and to a certain extent the South Coast, he believes it will be a three-cornered contest, which may come down to preferences.
“It will certainly make it more interesting! And I’ll be in there fighting,” he said.