Where is Mudgeeraba?
It is a big electorate spanning 404 square kilometres. It covers: South to the NSW border near the Natural Bridge, west to the Numinbah Valley, north to Clagiraba and east to Robina.
Who am I?
A local in Tallai for over 27 years. Although I am serious about my beliefs and policy directions, I have a cheeky sense of humour and relate well to suits and ties just as much as thongs and t-shirts. Here is a bit more about me:.
I• Born in Brisbane in 1965,
• Gold Coast resident for forty-four plus years.
• 747 international pilot for twenty-five years flying to nearly fifty countries.
• I am an engineer, scientist, and inventor.
• I am studying engineering at Griffith University.
• I have been actively involved in motorsport and for over thirty years.
• I design, build, and engineer my own sports racing cars, and the Griffith University Formula SAE racing team cars.
• Major races include the 2008 Bathurst 12-Hou, five 12-hour endurance races in Malaysia as well as the biggest touring car race in the world, the Nurburgring 2007 24-Hour in 2007.
Two parties that are not always in a position to deliver what is best for their electorates have abducted Australian politics. Delivery of policies for the people is constantly clouded by party interests, the two minute news grab and poll influences. Independents HAVE shown that they get results for their electorates! I will promise:
.• Mudgeeraba and the residents in the electorate will ALWAYS be first, because I won’t be a Minister; and am not bound by a Party
• To work cohesively in a bi-partisan way
• To be caring, analytical, hard working, honest and down to earth
For the average Queenslander it is so important to have someone who really cares, holding the balance of power for issues such as electricity supply and pricing. So your rights and responsibilities as a Queenslander need to be upheld by an Independent like me, who genuinely is horrified by the lack of honesty, integrity, and long term vision. 40% of Australian jobs will be computerised in the next decade, so an informed Independent, with detailed knowledge of a range of industries and IT developments, can contribute to ongoing job creation and training. Queensland is the only State without an Upper House, hence it is absolutely critical that it has a responsible moderating force. I want to start the conversation about how, we, as a State, transition into the job future that arises out of computerisation. Under-employment is creating an epidemic of anxiety, depression, and crime; I want Queenslanders to know that they are not alone with these stresses.
I believe that one of the purposes of technology is to make things easier & better.
I believe that the environment is one of our greatest treasures and it must be protected.
I believe local and small businesses should be supported.
I believe that the economy, pretty obviously, should be in the black but instead of making it a race to do that, take a bit more time to do so, so fewer businesses and families are disadvantaged by drastic cuts. Make it a longer term plan, it doesn't have to happen in under three years to make the books look good.
I believe the government must be made more accountable and it must be every day, not every three years. It must also be more transparent.
The previous Queensland governments have progressively made our great State more and more expensive to live in, and have given us fewer or inefficent services, all the while paying themselves more perks and higher salaries. They are preparing for their future employment. I want Queensland to prepare for the future employment of all Queenslanders, and not just politicians.
The other parties will tell you that voting for Independents is a wasted vote and might result in a hung parliament, but it's actually the reverse of that; if you vote for responsible Independents then we will do the right thing for you and not be swayed by party pressure. Too often the various parties have shown that they are too greedy and pander to "Big Business", at the expense of "Small Business", the environment, and long-term projects. They make a lot of promises to get your votes then either renege on them or say it wasn't a core promise.
The main parties will tell you not to vote for Independents as we are a DISadvantage to them, but we are an ADvantage to you.
It is clear that the performance of the two parties is not acceptable in this modern world. Please give me your protest vote!
To better promote the natural beauty of the Hinterland.
To work closely with the local Police to provide more random patrols in the community, and also place officers & cars where the accidents occur most often to help provide a visible presence.
To work closely with the local council and State Government to improve the safety of various road intersections and general road conditions.
To reduce the cost of living for Queenslanders, by means of refining and rationalising the electrical & water systems & companies.
To stop the LNP/ALP asset sales in Queensland. It is a very dangerous false economy that has almost always ended up with the public paying more for worse services.
Get the Anti-Hoon and VLAD laws removed as they have proven to be completely ineffective and severely punish innocent people. The QPS crime stats page clearly shows no real reduction in crime but innocent people, families, and businesses are suffering.
To stop the imminent environmental disasters of fracking, coal seam gas, and the Abbot Point coal port. The water table must be kept unpolluted and the Great Barrier Reef is in extreme danger of becoming extinct within a few decades.
To get a Bill of Rights introduced, to protect your rights from being eroded.
Establish new procedures for the people to have better control over the government, by means of Recall Elections and a better system of petitioning it. Currently there is no real accountability or any real way for the public to have any control over what the government does.
Get the pricing structure of private vehicle registration changed to be based on vehicle weight rather than the number of cylinders. 150 cc and smaller scooters at a very reduced rate as they are much better for the environment than cars, easier to park, much cheaper to run, etc. Also examine the possibility of transferring some of the cost of registration into a fuel levy, so it's more user pays rather than a fixed amount that penalises people that don't use their cars much, for example some pensioners.
Introduce an aviation-style performance-based driver training and retesting programme. This would greatly reduce the number of road deaths. At approximately $1.7 million per death this represents a great overall saving of life and the cost to the community. I am currently working with a local driver training company on this.
Create a programme to reduce Indigenous deaths in custody. The rate of Aboriginal deaths is grossly out of proportion to the spread of prison population.
Improve the existing facilities to help reduce suicides. The suicide rate is roughly four times higher than the death rate from road accidents (source: ABS) with young males making up about 75% of that figure.
To debate legislation that all household pets must be desexed and microchipped before the first sale. The intent is to reduce the number of reflex purchases that result in unwanted pets and subsequent terminations, and 'puppy farms'. Cats are also very destructive to native wildlife and should be required to be kept inside at night. 'Oscars Law' is a good example is what needs to be done.
To get 100% clean power production established in Queensland and Australia, based on the latest technology. Renewable solar and wind are now the cheapest forms of power generation.
To reduce the size of the State government. The three levels of government we currently have is extremely inefficient and superfluous. The Australian constitution requires the country to have States but does not say how small the State government can be. (That's right, I'd be working at eliminating my own job)
This web site and the work to get it publish was all very kindly donated by my friends, no public money was used.
I have opened a bank account that you can donate to if you wish. The funds will be used to help buy signs, etc. Since I want to be totally transparent with all this, the contents of the bank account will be updated here.
Name - William Sherwood
BSB - 814282
Acc - 50493256