The Australian Conservatives’ candidate for Finniss, Bruce Hicks, wants to be a “voice for common sense” for the electorate.
In the fight to be the member, he is against four other candidates: Greens’ Marc Mullette, Liberals’ David Basham, SA-BEST’s Joe Hill and Labor’s Russell Skinner.
Mr Hicks is married to Melita and has six children and 10 grandchildren, and has fostered four children.
He lives on the family dairy farm in Mount Compass and works as a school principal in Murray Bridge, a job he loves.
Along with his wife, he is the director of Mount Compass IGA – a large supermarket which they have created from humble beginnings as a fruit and veg seller.
He has campaigned to hold the seat of Finniss the last two state elections along with the seat of Mayo the last two federal elections, and believes he and the Australian Conservatives can be a “reasonable conservative voice”.
“There is a strong percentage of people in the country who don’t have a voice and feel intimidated to have a voice, but I’m not intimidated to be that voice,” he said.
He said he was a supporter of having lower taxes, smaller government, and greater efficiencies, but was not in favour of selling off government commissions.
If voted in, his priorities lie with education, small business, transport, and health.
I want to encourage another education provider into the area, particularly Goolwa.Bruce Hicks
Mr Hicks empathised with people trying to start small niche businesses and would advocate for them.
“I’d like to see a template written for small business to develop so there’s no excuse for the government and banks to play off against each other.”
Mr Hicks said there was a need for greater out of school hours care facilities, a preschool and a school. “I am appalled by the lack of secondary education on the eastern side of the electorate. I want to encourage another education provider into the area, particularly Goolwa.”
He has backed a fast rail service linking the Fleurieu and Adelaide, but Mr Hicks said improving the road to the city would be a medium-term priority. “With an increase in population, we would look to do something with a fast road between Encounter Bay and Goolwa.”