Independent candidate Rob Taber seeks votes in Glen Innes

Rob Taber interview

Rob Taber, the Armidale-based Independent, has been seeking votes in Glen Innes for the Federal Election.

We asked him what his main pitch to voters was (see video).

He said he’s lived in New England for 65 years. 

“I’m a true Independent,” Mr Taber told The Examiner while visiting town yesterday. 

“I've never belonged to a party and the party system is destroying this country.”

But it’s not always easy – especially when he’s up against some major players like former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce. We talked to Mr Taber after mining magnate, Gina Rinehart, had presented Mr Joyce with a cheque for $40,000 which he declined.

“Running as an independent candidate, it’s very difficult to raise money to run a campaign but the Nationals do have access to funding and this is an example,” Mr Taber said.

LOCAL AND LOYAL: Armidale-based Independent candidate Rob Taber visited Glen Innes yesterday while campaigning in the 2017 New England byelection. The byelection is on December 2. Photo: Steve Evans.

LOCAL AND LOYAL: Armidale-based Independent candidate Rob Taber visited Glen Innes yesterday while campaigning in the 2017 New England byelection. The byelection is on December 2. Photo: Steve Evans.

But even his biggest rival has him second on the how-to-vote cards.

“I put Taber second because he’s a genuine candidate,” Mr Joyce told Fairfax Media last week.

Mr Taber owns a farm and sells solar energy equipment.

He is passionate about renewable energy.

New England is rich in potential smaller hydro schemes where water can generate electricity when demand is high and then be pumped back up to reservoirs when demand is low.

He said he would support their development if he was elected.

I'm a true Independent. I've never belonged to a party and the party system is destroying this country.

Rob Taber