Mike Rose is running in the Federal election to "Make Australia Great".
He's the United Australia Party candidate for the seat of Farrer, and he will be running on a platform of "putting Australia first".
He claims that the other parties put the interests of their political donors first, and that his party is the truly independent alternative to the major parties.
"United Australia Party is self-funded, so it does not have to rely on political donations which means we do not have to look after self-interested groups after being elected," Mr Rose said.
He came out of retirement to challenge the Liberal Party, which he says has "sold out the Farrer electorate", especially when it comes to water policy.
Amid growing calls to pause the Murray Darling Basin Plan, Mr Rose is taking it one step further and demanding it be scrapped altogether.
"It's not just Griffith; every region around this area is suffering because of the Murray Darling Basin Plan," Mr Rose said.
"If we don't do something now we're going to pay for it forever," Mr Rose said.
He believes growing anger over the Murray Darling Basin Plan gives independent parties like his a chance to win the historically safe Liberal seat of Farrer.
"The comments I am getting from the electorate is that they have had enough and what was a safe Liberal seat in Farrer will be no more," Mr Rose said.
"I am sick of the lack of respect current politicians are showing to the Australian people."
Ending the Murray Darling Basin Plan is his main election priority, but other items on his policy wish list include tax cuts which he believes are necessary to give the economy a boost.
This includes a tax deduction on home mortgages, a 20 per cent zonal tax rate for people working more than 200 kilometres from a state capital, and for provisional tax to be paid in arrears.
Other election promises include an "Australia Fund" set aside for natural disasters, the Gold Card for veterans to be extended to war widows, and more train services to regional areas.
He's hoping these policies will be enough to unseat incumbent Liberal member for Farrer Sussan Ley when voters head to the voting booths on May 18.
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