View of the CBD from inner-city Northcote.
By MARCUS CHICK
Despite living in Yarram in Gippsland South, Samuel Fink has been selected by the Liberal Democrats party to run in Northcote.
In spite of the geographical challenges, Mr Fink said he was “excited to be a candidate” to represent his party and voters.
While conceding that he had hoped to run in Gippsland South and was not fully across local issues in Northcote, Mr Fink’s goal for the election is to widen knowledge of and promote the policies of the Liberal Democratic Party.
Mr Fink said he held a long-term interest in politics and had found the Liberal Democrats to be the only political party that shared his values. Smaller government was a key issue – the “less interference the government has in people’s lives, the better”, he said.
Mr Fink said he had little interest in the “status quo” of the major parties, which hr thought placed a large emphasis on self-interest and little interest in individuals.
The current lack of political stability, especially in federal politics, was “not a good look … and a good explanation of why politicians are not trusted”, he said.
Mr Fink explained the philosophy of the Liberal Democrats as the idea that individuals could be trusted to look after their own lives and that the power and reach of government could be reduced to key services such as law and order.
A number of commentators such as the ABC’s Antony Green have highlighted the possible confusion voters might have between the Liberal Party and the Liberal Democratic Party.
However, Mr Fink said that, unlike the Liberals, the Liberal Democrats were traditional liberals; on the issue of taxes, “every successive government has made promises [to lower taxes]… but nothing changes”.
The Liberal Democrats have also made electricity and petrol prices key issues for their campaign. They argue that taxes and over-regulation have increased the prices on both which contribute to a higher cost of living for individuals.
Mr Fink acknowledged he was unlikely to win Northcote, but he saidv the exposure for his party would be beneficial.
If he were to win the seat, Mr Fink listed protecting free speech as a focus. He said many people were afraid to speak their minds for fear of retribution.
On some of the issues raised in the Northcote electorate such as public school funding, public housing and transport, Mr Fink emphasised the importance of private investment in providing more choice for individuals, since many of these issues were problems of too little supply to meet current demand. He said an increase in the number of private schools and dwellings would decrease costs, making them more accessible to the community.
Mr Fink works full time at a supermarket, has a previous qualification in electronics which has been a hobby since high school and hopes to pursue further study in the future. He also volunteers with his local urban fire brigade.
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