Interview: Mick Gallagher - Politician,Entertainer
and more: 20th
Gallagher, entertainer, public speaker, former Mayor
of Hornsby and Independent for Hornsby for the upcoming
NSW State Election to be held on Saturday, 22nd March
2003, joins Greg Tingle
Why should people consider voting
for Mick Gallagher on 22nd March?
make the state seat of Hornsby a marginal seat to
attract state funding for sewerage solutions, rail
commuter parking, transport problems etc.
What is your track record of
doing things for the community?
I was a true independent Hornsby
Shire councillor and Mayor. I have belonged
to many community groups including sports clubs, scouts,
the RSL, Rotary, and charity groups. In the year 2000
I received a Hornsby Shire Highly
Commended Australia Day Citizen Award for service
to the community.
is your background?
I joined the Royal Australian Navy at age 16 and completed
22 years full time service. Since then I have worked
in the film, TV and entertainment industry; a teacher
in local high schools, and a journalist.
is the VOICE of Australia?
of Australia is a community group which originated
in Victoria and conducts its own referendums on various
political issues. I assisted them when they visited
Sydney late 2002.
What makes you different from
a true independent I can act independently for the
community and not be controlled by any party. In that
respect I can table issues in parliament that are
not on the party agenda.
How and why did you make the
entry into politics?
My first election was the Federal election in 1991.
I narrowly missed out on a state seat in 1992 and
as a Federal senator in 2001.
What's the wisest piece of advise
you have ever been given?
Keep talking to the community. I agreed with him.
What mentors, if any did you
Kelly, Robin Hood and all those heroes that fought
What's you outlook on life?
what you can when you can.
What do you see being the greatest
problem with the Australian political System?
A two party system where the voters get drawn into
the same grand final between team A and team B. Where
both teams have the same board of directors.
What are your main policies?
Health, Education, Common Law rights, and Crime Prevention.
What's your approach to law
Law and Order is becoming a catch cry for the politicians
to enforce bad laws that they have introduced. We
should not be using our police to as a political pawn.
Let our police get on with their real duties.
What's your approach to corruption?
True corruption should be stamped out. But what of
those who have been caught behaving in a "corrupt
manner" against a corrupt system.
What are your future goals and
Never say die. Live life to the full, and help make
Australia a better place
What other information would
you like to convey to our readers?
On Election Day number all the boxes, but put the
major parties last. In the mean time keep smiling
and enjoy the day, because things can only get worst
if we don't do something. Have a great life.