August 10, 2013
I emailed John Wieske, candidate for the Australian Christians party in Tangney, some weeks ago to arrange an interview. The reply came from the media relations manager of the Australian Christians asking for written questions. I have not been able to meet or speak with John, so I can only present the questions and answers here.
Q. What is your background?
A. I am a devoted family man, married to my wife Patricia, and together we are parents to 11 children, aged between the ages of 23 and 8. A builder by trade, I recently ran as a candidate for Australian Christians at the 2013 WA State Election for the electorate of Rockingham.
Q. How long have you been involved in politics?
A. Over six years.
Q. What drove you to enter politics?
A. One of my main goals and aspirations in politics is to see Christian values in Australia’s leadership and see the name of God revered, honoured and praised. My objective is to see God’s ways lived out in our society.
Q. Why the Australian Christians?
A. The Australian Christians party was formed in 2011 and is a new national Christian party shaped by Christian values including honesty and integrity, hope, respect, moral law, freedom, justice and sacrifice. I believe I can uphold these values and play an important role in the future growth and development of Western Australia and in particular the seat of Tangney. As a new party, Australian Christians has developed positive, refreshing, gold standard policies that are based on biblical principles that give every Australian, no matter how old or young, strong or frail, the very best protection and support
Q. What do you see as being the issues that matter to the electors of Tangney?
A. Families, in seeing them encouraged, supported and strengthened.
Q. What issues matter to you?
A. As a builder myself, I can identify with electors in the areas of building and construction as well as small business development. In addition, I have a strong focus on family and would strongly support policies with biblical principles.
Q. Why run in a safe Liberal seat? What is the point?
A. While the seat can be tagged as a ‘safe Liberal seat’, I think it’s important that the elected member for Tangney realises that there are many people in this electorate with conservative views on a number of issues. I believe that if the Australian Christian party can replace the Greens as the third largest party in the seat, the elected member will notice and, as a result, make policy decisions that represent the whole community, including those with conservative views.
Q. Any other issue you wish to comment upon?
A. We strongly believe that our parliament should do all it can to promote a strong economy and a vibrant society based on healthy families and thriving communities, and our policies reflect that belief with a strong emphasis on social justice with responsibility. The Bible is our benchmark and gold standard giving us positive solutions to the problems that confront us in our homes and workplaces.
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