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Thursday, 8th August, 2013

Barham realtor Ken Trewin - who quit his job to contest the federal seat of Farrer - takes a break from campaigning in Argent Street yesterday afternoon. Barham realtor Ken Trewin - who quit his job to contest the federal seat of Farrer - takes a break from campaigning in Argent Street yesterday afternoon.

By Kurtis J Eichler

Families and businesses are battling soaring living costs and real estate agent-turned federal political hopeful Ken Trewin says he’s the man to help.

The Katter’s Australian Party candidate for the very safe federal Liberal seat of Farrer arrived in Broken Hill yesterday afternoon on of a three-night visit.

Mr Trewin - who shares a friendship with two-term Labor MP and long serving past mayor Peter Black - has been towing a large billboard-fitted trailer through Deniliquin, Lockhart and Albury in the lead up to the September 7 federal election.

The former Wakool Shire Mayor says it is clear families and businesses are struggling with the cost of living after speaking to voters.

“I can’t name one good thing about Australia and that’s very sad,” the Barham man said.

“The mining sector’s on the way down and there’s been a huge change in that pretty much everywhere and I really think we have the opportunity to turn this country around with some decent policies.

“We are going back to grassroots policies. That’s what we will do as the Katter’s Australia Party - come back to the people and represent the people and represent their needs and what they want as a community.” 

If elected, he says he’ll scale back living costs, help dump the Carbon Tax and the Emissions Trading Scheme and rewrite the water act to return water to the Murray-Darling Basin.

He said the river system was vital to irrigated food and fibre production.

“If we haven’t got water we haven’t got a very strong and vibrant farming sector. 

“Without a strong farming sector we go from there straight down to retail and service industries and it’s just been absolutely alarming.

“I watched whole services right through the electorate do it really tough, struggling.”

Mr Trewin is all about pounding the pavements and says the response from voters had been “unbelievable.”

“We’ve had a lot higher acceptability than I ever thought that we’d have to be quite frank about it.

“It’s been really, really great and I think we are offering a really good alternative because we are just getting back to basics.”

He plans to walk Argent Street every day until Sunday and talk with businesses about the cost pressures they are facing.

Constituents have told Mr Trewin “loud and clear” the retail industry is struggling, he said.

Like Liberal MP Sussan Ley who has been, amongst other things, an air traffic controller and gun-toting shearers’ cook, Mr Trewin said he was multi-skilled.

“I’m a licensed stockman’s agent, real estate agent, business broker and auctioneer.”

Last night he pulled up a bar stool with Peter Black to discuss his campaign and reminisce over their time in local government.

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