Maryborough man Leigh Firman has thrown his hat in the ring for the federal seat of Mallee.
Mr Firman will be running for the seat as a member of the Science Party at this year’s federal election.
The Science Party (formerly the Future Party) was created in 2013 and according to the party’s website aims to “increase the opportunity for individuals and push society towards the pursuit of knowledge for the benefit of all of humanity”.
One of Mr Firman’s strongest contenders for the seat will be The National Party’s Mildura-based candidate, Dr Anne Webster.
Mallee is one of the safest seats in the country, with the Nationals holding a margin of more than 20 percent, and Mr Firman said he decided to stand as a candidate so Mallee residents could have an alternative to the major political parties.
“When you look at the carry on of some politicians, whether they be federal or state, there’s a lot of rorting and a lot of stupid antics going on so I figured it was time someone got in there who has a bit of honesty and integrity and actually wants to get things done for the communities,” he said.
“The Mallee has always been held by The Nationals and it’s time that we made a bit of a change.
“I chose to stand for the Science Party because I’ve been following them almost since they formed and I like their policies.”
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