A LAST-MINUTE candidate for the marginal seat of Corangamite wants Australia’s borders closed to everyone, except a handful of foreign doctors, while warning the country faces a breeding crisis.
Australian Protectionist Party candidate Nick Steel was a final contender to come forward for the closely contested south-west seat before Friday’s ballot.
Speaking to The Standard, Mr Steel, 53, said he was standing on a political platform to reintroduce tariffs and close the nation’s borders to “just a few thousand”.
The former accountant, who lives in Point Lonsdale, linked cost of living pressures to immigration, saying migrants and immigration were behind household woes.
“We had a big increase in our population due to immigration but the supply of new land for houses, new dams and power stations has kept steady — by the laws of demand everybody has bigger rents and utility bills,” Mr Steel said.
“Tax cuts should be provided with money made available through cutting government expenditure on items of a social and cultural nature and also foreign aid.”
Mr Steel dodged questions on his views on gay marriage saying “frankly I don’t have one — I think there are more important issues for the people of Corangamite”.
Prompted further on the issue, Mr Steel said he was more interested in the “heterosexual issues that were not being discussed”.
“Heterosexual people are not having babies and we’re facing a future catastrophe as our tax base shrinks,” he said.
He denied this contradicted his views on immigration, saying natural births would give infrastructure time to adjust.
Mr Steel previously ran with the One Nation party for the Senate during the 2007 federal election but said he was thrown out of the party because he didn’t share their racial views.
“I got expelled — they over-focused on ethnic issues and under-focused on bread-and-butter issues,” he said.
The candidate said he supported multiculturalism, saying he had lived in Melbourne’s western suburbs where he had many Chinese and Indian friends.
“There’s no reason for a party in Australia to focus on ethnic issues, we haven’t got the problems that Europe and America have,” he said.
However, a policy on his party’s website states an aim to “end Third World immigration and Muslim immigration, and offer economic assistance to those who wish to be reunited with their people’s homeland”.
Mr Steel brings the total number of candidates to 12 on the Corangamite ballot.