PUTTING people first is the key election platform for the Democratic Labour Party which launched its campaign in Ballarat on Sunday.
Candidates from across the western district, including upper house candidates Frances Beaumont and Christian Schultink, spoke about the importance of the community and the sanctity of life.
The DLP is running lower house candidates in Ripon and Melton, but is not running nominees in other Ballarat seats including Wendouree and Buninyong.
Upper house candidate for Western Victoria Frances Beaumont said she was galvanised to nominate due to her concerns with new euthanasia laws.
“That is a great concern to me as a nurse of 30 years experience,” she said
“It makes the vulnerable more vulnerable. It divides people into those who have a life worth living and those who do not have a life worth living..
“We can provide excellent palliative care, I’ve work in palliative care research, oncology and I know we can deliver we can deliver fantastic palliative care if we resource it properly.
“Currently it is too city centric and not delivered well across the regions.”
Fellow upper house candidate Christian Schultink said the DLP provided itself on being “the ethical labour party”.
“We believe in capital working for workers, not workers working for capital,” he said.
Ms Beaumont said the DLP had chosen to run a candidate, farmer Peter Mulcahy, as it believed it could really make a difference to the state’s most marginal seat.
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