Dumping the carbon tax will ease pressure on older Aussies and small business, says the Liberals’ man in Hindmarsh

Jackie Dettman with Liberal candidate Matt Williams

Jackie Dettman with Liberal candidate Matt Williams

by Jacqueline Dettman 

August 22, 2013

On Wednesday August 14 I interviewed Matt Williams, the Liberal candidate for Hindmarsh, over a coffee in Glenelg. We were joined by SA Liberal Senator Simon Birmingham, who is standing for re-election. The Senator was mostly busy with his own work while I spoke to the Liberal Party candidate.

Would you like to introduce yourself to readers?

I’m married with two young children aged seven and five. My wife is very supportive of my candidacy and campaign. I’m involved in my children’s school, West Beach Primary, and am a member of the governing council for the third year. I am also on the finance committee and was previously on the fundraising council. I have had an association with other community groups over the past 20 years, raising money for children’s charities and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. I currently work at national law firm Piper Alderman, which is one of the largest (law firms) in Adelaide. I have a marketing role and have been working in consultancy and client relations management for companies BTO and Hudson. I have also worked for the SA government and departments of Treasury and Finance, Attorney-General, Trade and Economic Development and Premier and Cabinet. I’ve worked overseas for two years for the SA government promoting SA.

How long have you been interested in politics?

Since the 1990s. I worked on Christine Gallus’ campaign. Plus I studied economics and politics at Flinders University, before studying law at the University of Adelaide.

How long have you been a member of the Liberal Party?

Around 20 years.

Why the Liberals?

They provide incentive to work hard and be rewarded. We believe in more freedom of the individual rather than government control. Liberals are more pro-business and better managers of the economy.

Have you ever been a member of any other political party?


Any specific plans for this seat?

(For a partial response to this question, Matt Williams asked me to link to this article)

Improving safety and providing CCTV in Henley and also West Lakes. We’ve also committed $200, 000 to support local sporting clubs, and there are other significant projects being considered with announcements shortly. I think they will be very important for small business.

Our policies of a 1.5 per cent company tax reduction and abolition of the carbon tax will benefit small business in the area. Fruit and veg shops in the area say they are facing the worst conditions in 30 years and therefore need a Liberal government to provide a better business environment. Debt is also a big concern to many people out there.

The philosophy of Labor is to keep taxing and spending. Liberals invest where they can but also aren’t wasteful with spending. Labor is wasteful with spending.

The environment is an important issue in Hindmarsh. It’s a Liberal Party commitment to fund a green army of 15,000 from around Australia to work on council projects.

Aged care is important too because it’s an elderly demographic in Hindmarsh. In terms of the older Aussies, the best thing is relieving cost-of-living pressures and that’s by removing the carbon tax.

Candidate Matt Williams with Liberal Senator Simon Birmingham

Liberal Senator Simon Birmingham and candidate Matt Williams


Why are you the best person for this job?

I am part of the Liberal team who can address the major challenges nationally and here in Hindmarsh – the economy, the cost of living and protection of our borders. These are the three things raised by the electorate when I am speaking to them.

In terms of what I have to offer:

  • The ability to get results
  • Real-world experience in both private and public sectors
  • Real drive and energy to make a positive difference in the community
  • A fresh younger face

What’s your campaign strategy? What have you done so far?

The national issues are important in terms of what we’ve done. We’ve:

  • Listened to the community and their concerns over the past 16 months (and longer).
  • Attended a number of community forums on relevant issues like health, education, environment, immigration, small business, superannuation, and been at shopping centres every weekend meeting people and talking about these issues.
  • I’ve attended services meetings at Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions and Neighbourhood Watch.
  • Sent numerous flyers out and letterboxed with the help of a core group of around a hundred volunteers.
  • Doorknocking – thousands of homes throughout the electorate.
  • Put up a few billboards – the message on our billboards is ‘Let’s get our country back on track’ as many people have made this comment to me.

Have you as a candidate been featured in any mainstream media as yet?

Not sure if both are classified as mainstream, but the Messenger and Indaily. (Plus since we spoke there was a piece on Hindmarsh, though not a feature just on me, in the Advertiser last Saturday 17 August).

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Another thing I’m passionate about is creating a better state for young people, especially employment opportunities.

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  1. joy cooper says:

    So Simon Birmingham was there just to make sure Matt Williams stayed on script, eh? When I read the bit about CCTV (a good way to scare the voters about non-existent crime) I realised all Liberal candidates were saying exactly the same thing. Even John Alexander for Bennelong talked about this. Others, too, have also mentioned CCTVs, a local council responsibility, along with getting rid of carbon pricing, border controls (protection), reducing “waste”, “debt”, etc. (No mention that so-called debt is required for infrastructure building. Future generations were the ones that paid off the Snowy scheme & other vital projects. Its commonsense.) They all sing from the same song sheet. One thing Liberal Party doesn’t seem to want is anyone who thinks for themselves.

    If the local fruiterers & greengrocers are having a hard time, it isn’t due to the carbon price, it is due to the quality of their produce & prices charged as well as where their shops are sited. Simple.

    Good article, Jackie.

  2. John Englart says:

    “In terms of the older Aussies, the best thing is relieving cost-of-living pressures and that’s by removing the carbon tax.”

    Actually South Australia has seen a reduction in electricity prices due to the amount of renewble energy that has been built. In the last week it has supplied something like 48 per cent of power, depressing the use of coal fired power and the wholesale cost of electricity.

    According to Kyle Cathpole, Associate professor of Solar Engineering at ANU, removing the carbon tax may actually increase electricity prices.

    Yes, that’s right. If Tony Abbott is elected to Government and the carbon tax is scrapped, electricity prices are likely to rise due to reduced incentive for the development of more renewable energy projects. So the pensioners in Hindmarsh, as well as around Australia, will feel the brunt of this policy reversal.