21st Century Australia Party founder and New England candidate Jamie McIntyre said he is making small business one of the focal points of his campaign.
Being the founder of 12 businesses and owner of half a dozen farms in the New England, Mr McIntyre said he had a greater understanding of how important businesses are to communities, and he intends to give local businesses every opportunity to grow if he is elected.
“Small business is the engine room of an economy and helping small-to-medium business to expand and grow in New England to create more jobs and profits for the local region will be one of my top priorities if elected,” he said.
Mr McIntyre said he believes a government that routinely attacks the business community and attacks Australians wealth creators is a joke.
“They can hardly claim to represent Australian workers when to look after workers you must look after small to medium business,” he said.
“The other problem in Australia is only 16 per cent or 33 of the 226 federal members of Parliament have any entrepreneurial or executive or management level experience.”
This is something that needs to change, according to Mr McIntyre.
“We have career politicians who most have never worked a day in their life in a real job or never started a business and created a single job,” he said.
“I’ve created over a dozen companies and employed hundreds and hundreds of Australians, plus as a leading educator inspired, trained and helped tens of thousands of entrepreneurs create jobs.
“Having a PhD in results is more valuable than those career politicians with a PhD in theory, many who think they are above the average Australian with their elitism and political snobbery.
“We need people who have produced results in their own lives in politics.
“Not more unionists on one side of politics and more lawyers on the other side.”
Mr McIntyre has just completed a round of Q&A sessions with New England voters in Tamworth, Armidale and Inverell over the weekend. He will now hit the smaller towns starting on Wednesday, August 7, with the Glen Innes Q&A event on August 9.