Education, Australia Day, farmers and feminism

Dorothy Hutton, United Australia Party, Stirling.

Dorothy Hutton standing for Stirling

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Dorothy Hutton standing for Stirling

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Better education for Stirling, empowering women in politics and tackling foreign land ownership in Australia agriculture lead the campaign promises of United Australia Party Stirling candidate Dorothy Hutton.

In an email interview with The Junction, Ms Hutton said she came from a background not related to politics but instead brought to the table “a wide range of life experience”.

“I want to use my life skills and experience to serve the community and give something back to the country that has been so good to me,” she said.

She said she had developed customer relation skills through roles in a florist and at a bank, along with jobs in small business, education and accounting.

Ms Hutton grew up in the small country town of Hay in NSW before moving to Perth where she has lived for a number of years mainly in Innaloo, Karrinyup and Duncraig.

She said the people of Stirling were “sick of the broken promises” and her aim was to “raise the living standards of all our citizens in order to see the country achieve its full potential”.

Ms Hutton said “education and health are major areas which need attention” and she believed in a “practical common-sense solution to solve problems right across the community which includes education”.

Ms Hutton said she was proud to be one of just two female candidates running for the seat of Stirling.

“I’m proud to put my name forward to represent the community and to stand as an example to other girls and women to show what is possible,” she said.

The 45th parliament saw 43 women elected into the 150 seat House of Representatives.

Seeing them make up 29 per cent of those seats available, Ms Hutton later said “our schools should play a larger role in equipping young women, nurturing them and providing them with the knowledge of a future with no boundaries or career borders.”

When questioned by The Junction about a Facebook post from November 2016 discussing Fremantle Council’s proposed change for Australia Day, Ms Hutton said, “I do not believe it is any Council’s right to change anything of significance, such as changing Australia Day. The celebration of our history is important […] I’m also happy to learn more and understand about the reasoning why some groups feel it’s important to change.”

This follows her comments in the original post saying the council was “pandering to the minority groups” and changing the day was a “treasonous act surely against our constitution”.

Ms Hutton found one of the most challenging experiences she had encountered which impacted her political view was back in the prosperous and productive agricultural district of Hay when seeing “peoples farms sold off when they continue to make payments, especially in times of drought when land values go down”.

“Foreign buyers have been snapping these properties up from the banks who repossess them and it’s a matter of national security,” she said, reflecting some of the United Australia Party policies.

Ms Hutton will be hoping that the $60 million intensive advertising campaign run by party leader Clive Palmer will give her the electorate recognition she needs to prevail against Vince Connelly (Liberal), Melita Markey (ALP), Judith Cullity (Greens) and Kevin Host (Australian Christians) for the 2019 Federal election.