Senate candidate comes to town

SENATE candidate and vice chairman of the Australian Fishing and Lifestyle Party, Daniel McCarthy, was in Airlie Beach last week on the election campaign trail.

Mr McCarthy caught up with Fish D'Vine co-owner and Whitsunday councillor Kevin Collins, who was a founding member of the party and a senate candidate himself in 2004.

"It was actually Kevin's preferences that put senator Barnaby Joyce into the senate for the first time," Mr McCarthy said.

Mr McCarthy said he was also here to spread the message about what the party stood for in representing recreational and commercial fishing and appropriate environmental protection.

"We need to have viable commercial fisheries, but they need to be exactly that - viable - and we need to have recreational fishing that's well managed."

Mr McCarthy said he was overwhelmed with the positive support both here and in other areas of Queensland and he claimed the party was definitely "in the fight".

"Whichever party forms Government, we'll be able to work with them to ensure that our fishing issues state and nationwide don't simply get swept under the carpet," he said.


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