Please take a moment to introduce yourself.
Rowan Harrip is a young 24 year old who has a passion for politics and public affairs, which started in his early secondary school years. He joined the DLP after resigning from the ALP, ending an eight year membership in 2010. Rowan has a strong belief in supporting the working class and a working Australia – something the Australian Labor Party no longer does.
Rowan is the eldest of four children and his family has held connections to the region over the past sixty years. Rowan is a strong believer in representatives being real servants to their electorates and in keeping businesses and industries from being sold offshore.
Rowan is a young leader, ready to apply his skills and abilities to making a difference in the electorate of Coomera.
What are your thoughts on coal seam gas?
The party is currently undertaking an engineer’s study on this subject but our stand has been and remains that coal seam gas should cease on prime agricultural land and especially on the Downs where it may very well affect the water system that feeds the Murray Darling System. Whereas NSW Farmers have the right to refuse entry on their farms, this is not the case in Queensland. We are aware of the many benefits brought to the Roma District via gas, but would support a moratorium on any further mining until a proper study can be carried out. The method of fracking should also be examined and ceased on any area that has flows into the Great Artesian Basin and into the Murray Darling System.
What are your thoughts on water?
Put simply “more dams and more infrastructure”. Water in the Murray Darling System currently is proportioned in the following manner:
Environment – 88%
Water that flows out to sea and for wetlands – 11.25%
Water used for agriculture and human consumption – .75 of 1 percent.
To further ration or remove water from our farmers, or for human consumption would not only affect their ability to compete it may very well affect our food security in this country. The DLP will always work to keep our farmers competitive and support the many small businesses and workers that rely on Queensland farmers for their livelihoods.
The DLP campaigned against recycled sewage into our drinking water.
The DLP is the only party to have successfully had a bill passed through any parliament on halting the forced medication (fluoridisation) of community drinking water.
What are your thoughts on climate change?
Climate change has been occurring since before man industrialised and although natural climate change may be occurring, we do not believe that a case has been brought that would excuse the Federal Governments rush to profit on a Carbon Tax. The DLP were the first party to publicly oppose any Carbon Tax or Trade and it stands by and is proud of the fact that many other political parties have come onboard.
What are your thoughts on renewable energy?
The DLP recently moved a motion in the Senate to have a moratorium on any further Wind Farms until the recommendations of the Senate enquiry were adhered to. The DLP is not a supporter of the current heavily subsidised and expensive offerings of renewable, which has left Europe wasting some $287 Billion. The DLP has recommended that coal gasification could be a viable and cheaper transitional form of low carbon electricity generation. This would reduce the amount of coal used by 40% and meet current carbon targets. This technology was developed in Australia and is now being rolled out in Germany, China and other nations around the world. Privatisation has held back this great technology and the DLP have moved in both council and in the Senate that privatisation of the SECV in Victoria was a disaster and for the recommissioning of the SECV to build new coal gasification plant there. The DLP would also vote against the failed ideology of privatising any power generation stations in Queensland and would point to other states and the failures that this madness caused.
What are your thoughts on nuclear energy?
The DLP has never ruled out nuclear energy and is proud that Australia has and continues to work towards a nuclear fusion solution that may very well be the only way to clean up the world’s nuclear waste. The DLP also recognises that Queensland has some of the world finest and cleanest black coal with more than 150 years of supply still available. Nuclear fusion therefore may very well be bonanza for future generations.
What are your thoughts on public transport?
Public transport is too expensive and lacks integration with rail. Ticketing integration and bus services feeding rail stations does work in other states and saves money. Brisbane buses should be under State control and better integrated to help reduce costs. Students and pensioners should have low or no cost fees 7 days a week.
What are your thoughts on public education?
Public Education remains the responsibility of the States and is often used in blame games with the Federal government. The DLP believes in equity in Education and believes that before closing schools in regional centres that the option of Charter or community Co-operative arrangements should be explored before economic irrationalism of the major parties kicks in.
What are your thoughts on the National Broadband Network?
The DLP believes that the theft and sale of the Telstra backbone was a crime. Whilst in principle we would support a nationally owned backbone of communications to create real competition, we are against the current arrangements and the methods of how the NBN is to be rolled out. The forced removal of low cost copper from many regional centres with replacement costs of NBN services starting at $80-$120 per month is just another added impost on the public for poor planning. Instead of decommissioning the copper that in many cases was sufficient, perhaps the Government could have offered these services free to give taxpayers some of the benefit that the Telstra sale made the Federal government. The DLP is aiming to hold the balance of power in 2012 and will halt any sell-off of the NBN planned by the current government and not mentioned by the current opposition.
What are your thoughts on High-Speed Rail?
The DLP would support a High-Speed Rail system but not at the cost of badly needed backbones of our current internal rail system. Brisbane – Toowoomba, Brisbane to Coolangatta link and a host of other options including a suburban rail network in Townsville. The upgrades of these routes hold priorities over any interstate High Speed Rail system. This may be difficult to achieve with the former governments irresponsible sale of QR but should be a priority to preserve our Queensland decentralised way of life.
What are your thoughts on abortion?
The DLP supports life from conception to death and oppose any legislation that ignores the sanctity of life.
Do you support or oppose gay marriage?
The DLP policy on gay marriage is as follows: Support legislation that preserves and protects marriage as the voluntary union of one man and one woman, to the exclusion of all others, for life. It continues with: Oppose legislative or administrative measures that undermine or degrade marriage by conferring on homosexual, lesbian or transsexual pairings any form of legal recognition of their relationships, per se, whether through “civil unions”, “relationship registers” or other legal device.
Do you support or oppose the legalisation of voluntary euthanasia?
The Democratic Labor Party opposes euthanasia as the deliberate intent to kill another person, whether through lethal injection, ingestion of a drug or poison, or failure to provide minimum necessities of life such as nutrition or hydration.
Do you support or oppose the legalisation of marijuana?
NO – but we are currently looking at the possibility of hemp manufacturing in Australia.
What are your thoughts on campaign finance disclosure?
The current finance disclosure regulations tend to support the incumbent and make it more difficult for minor parties to compete. Therefore we would revisit these laws if elected.
Do you support or oppose the reading of prayers to start each Parliamentary day, and why?
The DLP does and has always supported the reading of prayers at the start of each parliament. Australia was built on a Judeo Christian Heritage and we base our policies and beliefs on that foundation.
On your particular electoral ticket, where are your preferences going, and why?
The LNP made public it was not interested in any preference deals. The ALP showed no interest in winning Coomera and the greens social policies are too extreme to consider them an option. Therefore we will be preferencing Katter’s Australia Party (Peter Cobb) in the seat of Coomera with no other candidate numbered.
Are there any local issues you are trying to highlight with your campaign?
1. Common Sense policies for business & life = Red tape is literally strangling small business. It needs to be cut back so employers and employees can focus their efforts on profits rather than wasted time. In turn promote tourism outlets and attractions which make our electorate great.
2. Real protection of our rights and real penalties and punishment for criminal activity. More resources for “on-the-ground” police. A police station at Ormeau to take strain off Beenleigh and Coomera Stations.
3. Fight to ensure future decrease in cost of living = this ranges from electricity through to transport costs
4. No More Asset Sales – both LNP and ALP support the continued sell off of our State
5. Coal Seam Gas “Handbrake” – It shouldn’t proceed until PROVEN to be safe and land owners secure better land rights. We need to ensure our sustainable and renewable industries are not being destroyed by non renewable industries of mining.
6. Rego Rewards for good drivers. Good drivers keep our roads safer. Incentivizing our good drivers to retain a good driving record will increase the level of care on our roads further. Any Queensland driver who retains a perfect driving record and does not incur any demerit points within their 12 mth registration period will receive a 10% discount on their vehicle registration in the following year. Any Queensland driver who retains a perfect driving record and does not incur any demerit points for five consecutive years will receive 25% discount on their registration and have their licence renewed for free. The 25% discount will apply until a demerit point is received.
7. Public Transport Upgrade = Good public transport services empower people. If the system is not resolved now, the area will be crippled as the population explodes further. This issue was identified as a key target issue during the incumbent’s maiden speech and yet nothing has been done. Decreased fares for students during tertiary hours and pensioners.
8. Support the removal of the carbon tax that will hit Australians pockets
9. Supporting the Chaplaincy programs in our State’s schools
10. Support the local tourism and business sectors
What do you think about the media’s coverage of the election so far?
At this stage most of the media seems to be centred on the two major party leaders but the campaign is still young and with journalists still able to improve.