Star-struck Gladstone man seeks selfie with Pauline Hanson
AS FEDERAL election fever well and truly sets in, Flynn voters are choosing their sides.
Gladstone local Adam Masters made the trip down to Light Box yesterday to take a "selfie" with his favourite politician, Pauline Hanson.
"I love her. She says what we're all thinking," a star-struck Mr Masters said.
Pauline Hanson touched down in Gladstone to reinforce her priority for jobs, an issue she said would resonate particularly for Flynn voters who are struggling in the commodity downturn, with a promise to propose a wage incentive for small businesses to hire apprentices.
The policy would see the Government pay 75%, 50%, and 25% of wages for first, second, and third year apprentices.
"Youth unemployment is extremely high, especially in regional areas, and what we're saying is, 'get the youth into apprenticeship schemes'," she said.
"A lot of small businesses have said, 'we will take on apprentices under that scheme'."
Ms Hanson also said she would lobby parliament for a "big investigation" into visa programs which allows overseas visitors to work, with an ultimate goal of abolishing the visa agreements.
"We've got to stop jobs coming in for 457 visa holders and student visa holders - they're destroying jobs," she said.
"I think it's being used as a scam, as a way of getting into the country, so I think the government has an obligation to ensure that the jobs belong to the Australians."
But the election boils down to one issue for Mr Masters, saying the reason Ms Hanson would win his vote is simply, "boats", referring to her tough stance on immigration.