As the Christian Democrat Party candidate for the seat of Murray, Philip Langfield is hoping to bring a Christian perspective to the political discussion.
“I believe strongly in Christian standards and values,” Mr Langfield.
“It’s not that I’m judging anyone else, but our moral platform is a Christian one.”
He describes himself as a “born again” Christian who was inspired by party leader Fred Nile, who he looks up to.
But Mr Langfield is also hoping to push a political message that appeals to everyone, not just Christians.
Water, like the other candidates, is his number one priority.
“Water comes above everything else,” Mr Langfield said.
“The whole of rural Australia is short of water, and the situation is not going to get better until there are some major reforms.”
His ideas for major reform include putting an end to the “man-made disaster” that is the Murray Darling Basin Plan, as well as building dams for irrigators throughout the electorate.
Another one of his policies is compulsory job training for people on welfare.
“We should be encouraging everybody to up their skills so they can hold down meaningful pursuits and build a future for themselves,” Mr Langfield said.
His third election platform will be for more schools and more school buildings
Under-resourced schools are a problem in his hometown of Wattamondara, but he knows it’s a hot election issue in Griffith as well.
“Wherever I go it appears to be a problem. I don’t recall driving past any school that hasn’t got a demountable in it,” Mr Langfield said.
“In NSW it’s a disgrace, and it’s not fair on our children.”
These are the issues that rank the highest on Mr Langfield’s campaign priorities, and he will be taking them to the ballot box on March 23.
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