THE head of Australia’s newest political party says he may have a candidate for the federal seat of Farrer in the September election.
The Rise Up Australia Party was formed two years ago and works under the catch-cry of “Keep Australia Australian”.
Its president, the Sri-Lankan born evangelist Daniel Nalliah, is visiting the Border this weekend as his campaign begins to heat up.
Reverend Nalliah, who was determined to be “politically incorrect” at the party’s launch in February, said the party was “working on someone” to run for the seat of Farrer.
“We don’t want to speculate yet,” he said yesterday.
The party has already selected a candidate to run for the Riverina electorate, Wagga primary school teacher Kim Heaph, as part of the 64 candidates running in the September election.
Reverend Nalliah said the party’s major policy was to curb multiculturalism.
“Multiculturalism is not good news for the west. It’s proven to be a failure all through Europe,” he said.
“My take on that is if people come into a country they should be willing to let go some of the things they’ve held on to to assimilate.”
The party’s other major policies centre on trying to stop importing produce, cutting out the “middle-man” to help dairy farmers, to have a 51 per cent national ownership of infrastructure and a “strong stand” for freedom of speech and religion.
The party does not support same-sex marriage and Reverend Nalliah derided former Greens leader Bob Brown for living openly gay.
Reverend Nalliah said his target voters were the 30 per cent of people who were not sure who they would vote for this September.
“The Rise Up party is a firm alternative,” he said.
He hoped the party would obtain two or three Senate seats “minimum” to give them the balance of power.
Mr Nalliah will speak at a campaign meeting at Wagga tonight, a community leader’s breakfast in Albury at 8am tomorrow and at a campaign meeting at the River Community Church in David Street at 7pm that evening.