Pasin set to defend seat

LOCAL VOICE: Current Member for Barker Tony Pasin hopes to continue upholding Liberal Party policies and speaking up for the values and needs of Barker.Current Liberal Member for Barker Tony Pasin will defend his seat at the coming federal election on July 2.

Born and bred in Barker, Mr Pasin spent years as a practicing defence lawyer in Mount Gambier before securing the electorate in 2013.He will fight offFamily First candidate Yvonne Zeppel, Nick Xenophon Team candidate James Stacey and recently announced Labor candidate Mat O’Brien.

In a survey conducted by Fairfax Media, 68 per cent of participants who lived withinThe Standardreadership said they were either satisfied or very satisfied with Mr Pasin.Respondents liked his involvement among the community and believed he expressed a genuine interest in bettering Barker.

If re-elected, Mr Pasin identified four major areas of interest he would focus on.

Jobs for local youthIn line with Liberal policies, Mr Pasin plans to focus on job growth across Barker, particularly for local youth.

“Around 300,000 new jobs were created nationally last year, the strongest growth in employment since 2007,” he said.

“I’m focused on bringing that growth into Barkerthrough funding projects and initiatives aimed at increasing jobs for people, especially the youth.”

Local businessHe hopes to allow small business to flourish across the electorate by taking advantage of internationalfree trade agreements.“We hope to remove thetax anchor onsmall business, so they can grow andtap into free trade agreements with China, Japan and Korea,” he said.

Investment and infrastructureLooking forward, Mr Pasin would focus on efficient funding for innovation and advanced manufacturing.He hopes foran improvementintechnology and development ofroads.With round two of the Mobile Black Spot program underway, Mr Pasin would also push for Barker to receive multiple towers for remote areas that lackphone reception.

Health and educationAs an ambassador forcombatingdomestic violence and the ice epidemic, Mr Pasin would lobby to increase support and financial services in Barker.“I will focus on the need toincrease health and education services for regional towns,” he said.

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