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GAWLER COUNCIL ELECTION -- YOUR CANDIDATES
Rob McLean: Peter Graham said it at the
(candidates') forum that both of his opponents
are being backed by parties, how do you feel
John Bolton: It's just misinformation, just
untrue about me. I'm not backed by the Liberal
Party, I'm not a Liberal Party member.
When I was not selected eight years ago, I
didn't get upset, I didn't write back, the Liberal
Party is a private organisation after all, as is the
Labor Party; they can have members who they
like, it's a private association, they can run it
how they like; they chose to run it without me,
I chose to let my membership lapse without
renewing it the following year.
As I say, I have previously thought about
joining the Democrats years ago and I had
thought about joining the Labor Party.
I'm not a member of either party, I'm not a
member of the Liberal Party.
I am endorsed by independent Senator Nick
Xenophon, he's the only person who I asked
for an endorsement and I think that's a big
endorsement, as well.
He clearly stands up for South Australia in a
way that I plan to stand up for Gawler.
RM: The state election, you nearly stood for
Light, you've got lots of political contacts, can
you say you're truly independent?
JB: To point to one side or the other as a
preferential contact skews what the situation is.
My left-wing contacts think I'm right of
Genghis Khan, my right-wing contacts think I'm
very leftie Liberal.
It is no secret and I'm outspoken about
having support of independent Senator Nick
Xenophon, who is clearly independent.
He will scratch either side's back and poke
either side if needed and that's why I came out
in support of him.
RM: Governance has been a big part of your
campaign, do you feel like there's a big distance
between yourself and other candidates in
regards to governance?
JB: I think that's the main point of di erence.
I think they're both pleasant people; I think
we're all pleasant people, we know how to get
on with each other, we pass the time of day
quite well and I think if we were in the room
together, as we have been, I quite like both
of them. I've said that when this is over, I look
forward, now we've been thrown together
in opposition, I look forward to building on a
long-term friendship and relationship because
they both clearly have things to o er for
But they're not lled with professionalism in
terms of being able to deal with legislation, the
governance, the issues that are arising.
I'd be shocked if either of them had read
the protocols of the boundary adjustment
facilitation panel, for instance, let alone the
regulations, the act and the general overall way
it's been managed in the past.
And, even if they did, they wouldn't read
it from the matrix of understanding from the
general body politic of law and the way things
work, which I do naturally and I've been doing
it as my bread and butter for the past 20 years.
Rob McLean: It's fair to say you're the outsider
in this campaign, how do you feel about that?
Peter Graham: I think that's probably not
correct. I don't see myself as the outsider.
You saw me as the late nomination, I don't
think that makes me the outsider, though. In
one corner we've got 'Mayor Shambles' and
'Bobo the Clown' -- let's be realistic, that's what
we've got Mayor Shambles and Bobo the
The other corner, we've got Karen (Redman),
who's trying her best but she is not going to
get all the votes.
The faction she's involved with will not get all
the vote and the people needed an alternative,
someone practical and sensible.
RM: And you're the one to provide that?
PG: Absolutely (RM: And what makes you
the man to provide that?) Experience, common
RM: That was something you talked about
at the candidates' forum, commonsense
leadership, what does that mean?
PG: Let's face it, at the moment, we've
got somebody who's a little bit amboyant
(departing mayor Brian Sambell), somebody
who's even more amboyant (John Bolton),
who has no grasp of the regional process and
what the region and Gawler can do together
and that's where we're at.
RM: You've brought up John Bolton several
times, so you see him as your main opponent?
PG: You never know, Karen has got a very
quiet groundswell and she's entitled to have
that, as in, I've got a very quiet groundswell.
Karen and I, I think, are doing very quiet
campaigns. Gawler, in itself, is a conservative-
RM: At the forum you were keen to point
out that your campaign was the one true
independent campaign. So you're saying that
both the other candidates are being backed by
THE BUNYIP'S EDITOR, ROB McLEAN, CONTINUES HIS
THREE-PART INTERVIEW SERIES WITH EACH OF THE GAWLER
COUNCIL'S MAYORAL CANDIDATES, DISCUSSING THEIR
ELECTORAL PLATFORMS AND AMBITIONS.
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