Jamie McIntyre will run for the seat of New England as an Independent after his 21st Century Australia Party failed to become eligible for the September 7 election.
Mr McIntyre is considering taking urgent court action against the Australian Electoral Commission to delay the election if it continues to refuse to add his party to the ballot papers for the federal election.
21st Century Australia party lodged its application with the AEC on May 2, and despite significant delays, was listed as a registered party on July 15 on the AEC website under ‘Current party registration applications inviting objection”.
Other minor party’s including Clive Palmer’s United Party, were approved despite lodging their submissions after 21st Century Australia.
Despite the setback Mr McIntyre will continue his planned Q&A Tour of the New England this week.
The Q&A tour was announced to give voters a chance to have the new candidate field their questions.
The Q&A Tour begins in Tenterfield on Wednesday, and also signals the first of nine days of intensive campaigning for Mr McIntyre.
To finish the tour Mr McIntyre will visit Qurindi and Gunnedah on Friday, August 10 for 1.30pm and 6.30pm events respectively, and finally to the Walcha RSL Club on Saturday, August 11, at 1.30pm and to the Royal Hotel in Guyra at 6.30pm to wrap up the tour.
Mr McIntyre said he is extremely excited for the Q&A Tour.
“The Q&A tour to smaller towns is to ensure centres outside Tamworth, Armidale and Inverell are not neglected and havea chance to ask their questions and see what is possible with the regional Australia boom,” he said.
“It will also give them a chance to see what policies the 21st Century Australia will create if elected ahead of the Nationals.
“It's also a chance to hear from voters the key issues facing their local communities and what they don't like about the major parties failure to deliver for rural Australia.”
Following the Q&A Tour, Mr McIntyre will spend five days travelling the electorate to listen to voters concerns.