The upcoming election on 7th September sees the debut of a Helensburgh local on the political scene with John Bursill stepping up to represent the Katter Australian Party.
John is a father of two young girls, who resides in the village of Helensburgh, surrounded by his country, the Dharawal (Illawarra). John’s father Les Bursill OAM is an Elder and expert in the history and language of the Dharawal.
“I’ve always been a community minded person right from when i was a young man, and then in the army reserve for ten years.” said John, “In general I am interested in workers rights, employment for the people of the Illawarra, maintaining our beautiful and natural surroundings, and calling government to account.”
John’s working history is in aviation, with Qantas, as a Licenced Aircraft Maintenance Engineer in Avionics on their Boeing Fleet, proudly working for Australia’s most iconic employer for nearly 27 years. John has always been involved in improving the workplace for the workers and has sought and supported greater efficiency within the industry. He has served as a Union Delegate for the Electrical Trades Union and currently for the Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA); helping resolve disputes and protecting hard earned workers’ rights. John has also had great involvement in the field of Work Health and Safety (WHS), serving as an Elected Health and Safety Representative for more than 7 years, chairing the local committee for 5 years. John currently works teaching error management and compliance for Qantas Engineering and is dedicated to assisting his company in maintaining efficient and safe operations for the public.
John is a ‘working class’ man who has gone on to educate himself beyond his hard earned trade and aircraft licence qualifications; gaining a Cert IV in Training and Assessing, a Diploma of OHS and currently, a Cert IV in Front Line Management. John has a great interest in studying ‘Deep Politics’, Geo-Politics and foreign affairs, having a history of questioning the events and the rationale that sees us in a period of endless war and destabilization of the Middle East. Although he is a strong supporter of the US-Australian alliance, he is strongly opposed to wars of empire and the increase of the militarization of the US under Bush and Obama.
John is running for the seat of Cunningham with a five key policy focus;
- Government support of job producing industries in Australia, especially in the Illawarra; by supporting Australian companies through investment in infrastructure, tax concessions, tariffs (where required) and policies encouraging a low Australian dollar.
- Stopping any further development of Coal Seam Gas in environmentally sensitive areas in the Illawarra and an absolute ban in catchment areas as well as on land where the rightful owners are opposed to its implementation.
- Supporting Australian Aviation and its infrastructure;
– By demanding Australian Airlines do the great majority of maintenance in Australia and their flight and cabin crews are Australian and Australian based.
– By demanding the Civil Aviation Authority lift safety standards, rather than supporting continued reduction in the quality and levels of training for technical staff and maintenance requirements.
– By giving Australian Airlines advantages over other operators with reference to routes and taxation, with an understanding that their operation is an essential Australian industry and a strategic resource that must be maintained.
– By assuring a second airport is built in Sydney, preferably at Wilton, bringing many more jobs, industry and tourists to the beautiful Illawarra.
- Maintaining and re-building our Australian Steel industry at Port Kembla and increasing the jobs it provides for the Illawarra region.
- Demanding high standards of government and their decisions. Basically “keeping the bastards honest” and making sure they represent the Australian people and their interests first, rather than following a globalist and corporatist agenda.
John describes his political ideology as neither left nor right. He is a Nationalist with Aboriginal roots who would like to see a Libertarian/Socialist approach to government in Australia once again, supporting the individual’s freedom but providing for the community’s needs and infrastructure.
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