Former local boy to run against Windsor

FORMER local Jamie McIntyre is considering running for the September 2013 election in the seat of New England against incumbent MP Tony Windsor. 

Mr McIntyre has been critical of Mr Windsor’s support of the current federal government in the hung parliament and previously offered $250,000 to fund a campaign against Mr Windsor’s re-election.

Launching a political party, called 21st Century Australia Party, Mr McIntyre outlined a radical overhaul of Australia’s political system, which included abolishing state governments, scrapping compulsory voting, allowing the public to vote directly on national issues and for an independet board to decide on government spending rather than politicians.

Mr McIntyre grew up near Glen Innes and still owns six farms mostly in Pinkett. 

He owns beef farms and one sheep farm near Emmaville. 

His brothers manage the properties and his family all still live in the local area.

Mr McIntyre said the 21st Century Australia Political party would overhaul what he claims to be an outdated 19th Century Political System that needs to be modernised for the 21st Century. 

He said his party is intending to field candidates in all 150 House of Representative Seats Australia wide and also Senate Seats in the Upper House. 

The new 21st Century Political System is pushing for voters to vote directly on major policy with the advent of new technology now available from the US and for government spending to be put in the hands of an independent board and removed from the hands of he says, the ‘incompetent politicians’. 

Moreover, he is calling for elimination of both state governments and compulsory voting. 

His Facebook page on a new 21st Century Political System already has thousands of followers. 

“Tony Windsor should do the honourable thing and resign, just as Prime Minister Gillard should for putting such a bad government in power or  Windsor should run as a Labor or Green candidate so that voters can see his true colours and not be deceived and betrayed again,” Mr McIntyre said.

Putting his money where his mouth is after Tony Windsor was elected in 2010 Mcintyre offered $250,000 to fund a campaign to ensure Tony Windsor was not re-elected. 

"I think Tony Windsor's behaviour was and is a disgrace to side with the ALP for the last three years. He should be banished from the area forever," McIntyre said.  

McIntyre is financially well placed to run a concerted campaign against Windsor and should attract a lot of young voters and farmers because of his family’s long farming history in New England. 

A motivational speaker and self-made millionaire business tycoon, Mr McIntyre is bringing Arnold Schwarzenegger to Australia in June.

He hosted Randi Zuckerberg the former marketing and political executive of Facebook and sister of Mark Zuckerberg at his annual 21st Century Financial Education Summit in Brisbane last year. 

Mr McIntyre has previously hosted speakers including Sir Richard Branson, Mark Bouris of Wizard and Yellow Brick Rd fame and Eddie McGuire.

Mr McIntyre is the founder of the 21st Century Education Group consisting of over 12 companies with close to 100 staff and franchisees that  have a turnover of $40million. 

He  has almost one million followers on twitter and a database following of over 550,000 people across Australia who have attended his large scale seminars or read his best-selling books including "What I Didn't Learn At School But Wish I Had" and "101 Ways to Improve Australia".

Mr McIntyre has also acquired small media assets  in recent years and owns what a press release claimed is one of Australia's fastest growing online news sites www.21stcenturynews.com.au where he has written articles highly critical of the current government and current political system and which push for urgent change.