Robins makes stand
A GRAFTON man, who has suffered more than most from broken political promises, will stand as an independent candidate for Clarence in the 2015 State Election.
Former Grafton SES executive officer Bryan Robins, who oversaw local units at the time of the 1989 Cowper bus crash, said it was disillusionment with politics as practised by the major political parties that persuaded him to make his stand.
"I feel disillusioned with this government for its failure to deliver benefits to the electorate," he said.
"I'm also disgusted at the behaviour of certain sections of both major parties.
"To use a Commonwealth Games analogy, they're both in a gold medal race to the bottom."
Mr Robins said a strength of standing as an independent was he could take his instructions straight from the electorate.
"I won't have to ring head office to find out how I'm supposed to feel about every issue," he said.
He said he had impeccable credentials as an independent.
"I've never been a member of a political party, I don't own shares in any mining companies and I'm not aligned to a faction or interest group," he said.
Like many people involved in the Cowper bus crash, Mr Robins has been left scarred by the experience.
His 20-year career in the SES was cut short by stress-related problems brought on by the event.
The failure of successive Coalition and Labor governments to fix the highway as promised underscores his disillusionment with the major parties.
Mr Robins said his first major policy statement was to affirm his opposition to coal seam gas mining.
"The science is not settled and the community simply don't want it," he said.