ON THE HUSTINGS: Independent Senate candidate Belinda Marriage.
ON THE HUSTINGS: Independent Senate candidate Belinda Marriage. Jayden Brown

‘I’d rather a well hung parliament’: Senate candidate

"PERSONALLY I would prefer a well hung parliament instead of one full of wethers."

It's the tongue-in-cheek slogan that Karara sheep farmer Belinda Marriage is taking all the way to the Federal Election.

The Senate candidate is urging people to vote below the line and put people ahead of parties.

"I say choose the people not the parties," she said.

"Independents can represent the people fairly, they don't have to toe the party line."

The Senate voting changes mean voters must mark at least six boxes above the line or at least 12 below the line.

Speaking about her humorous slogan, Ms Marriage said she didn't believe a hung parliament would be a bad outcome at next month's election.

"Politicians are meant to be a team working together for the future of Australia," she said.

"A well hung parliament means a future for Australia.

"Wethers are nice to look at, but they can't breed so there's nothing going forward."

Ms Marriage faces an uphill battle for the Senate, with opponents including Glenn Lazarus and Pauline Hanson.

But she's not letting it sway her determination.

Ms Marriage has left her job as a registered nurse, and said she's ready to leave her family and farm behind to sort through the "bulls**t in Canberra".

"It's a bit hard because I'm not controversial, I won't just say stuff I don't believe in just for some media attention," she said.

"I just want to represent the people. A politician is a public servant - no different to someone who works as a cleaner for the government."

With her attention now solely on the election, the Senate candidate has started to travel the state talking to people at a grass roots level.

From the gas fields of Chinchilla and Miles to a dairy rally in Brisbane, she's hearing similar concerns from voters.

"We've got politicians making decisions about things they're not qualified to make decisions about," she said.

"They need to talk to people at grass roots."

High on the agenda for Ms Marriage is supporting farmers and protecting farm land from mining and CSG.


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