LINING UP: Russell Kilarney from the Christian Democratic Party launches his campaign for the seat of Richmond at the Murwillumbah train station on Monday.
LINING UP: Russell Kilarney from the Christian Democratic Party launches his campaign for the seat of Richmond at the Murwillumbah train station on Monday. David Carroll

Christian Democrats target Tweed

CHRISTIAN Democratic Party candidate Russell Kilarney has taken aim at the major parties and vowed to provide an alternative for voters in the Richmond electorate.

With the July 2 Federal Election fast approaching, Mr Kilarney launched his campaign in Murwillumbah on Monday, declaring his aim to provide voters with a viable alternative to the major parties.

“The major parties have lost sight of the real issues and people are fed up with them,” Mr Kilarney said.

“The polls this morning are showing that 25% of people are saying they won’t vote for a major party.

“In the last few years politics has become more about politics that policies. My focus is on genuine real life issues.”

Mr Kilarney has been part of the Northern Rivers political scene for a number of years but this marks the 41-year-old single father’s first tilt at federal politics

In 2011 he stood as an independent in the state election and the following year represented Family First Party in the local government election.

While he failed to gain office at either attempt, Mr Kilarney said the experience had been invaluable.

“It was a real eye-opener to see how elections are run,” he said.

“But this is not just about the election. It’s about providing a voice in the community that is about what’s just and fair. It’s about being a voice for the community for the long term.”

Mr Kilarney, who was born and bred in Murwillumbah and now operates his handyman business from his Alstonville base, said his focus centred on some of the more vulnerable members of our community.

“I believe the older members of our community are getting a raw deal,” he said.

Mr Kilarney is one of six candidates who have already nominated in the seat.

Nominations close tomorrow with the ballot draw on Friday.



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