Four candidates have put their hands up for the seat of Riverina. You can vote between 8am and 6pm on May 18 at Junee's Athenium Theatre, Uranquinty Public School or Illabo Public School.
Michael McCormack - The Nationals
The Nationals' incumbent Michael McCormack, has drawn number one on the ballot paper.
This is your first campaign as The Nationals leader, how's it been?
I was assistant minister for defence in 2016, so that also required a bit of additional travel. But being a minister, certainly the Deputy Prime Minister, does also enable the Riverina to have a voice at the very top of government.
There has been been a lot of talk that minor parties are trying to replace The Nationals. What would you say to them?
There's been many people who have tried to do that over many years. We're still there. So people can have faith in us, they can trust us to deliver. You only have to look around the Riverina to see the sorts of things that I've delivered for the Riverina. Having that voice in Cabinet gives me an even greater say in how regional delivery occurs.
What's the first thing you would make a priority for the Riverina if you're re-elected?
Again, it's providing that better infrastructure, it's making sure we continue with the Inland Rail, it's making sure we continue to look at good projects under the next rounds of the building better regions fund.
What would be your first federal priority?
The National Water Grid is something I have established, something I want to carry through and make sure we get it granted and make sure that we actually raise a dam wall, make sure we build a new dam. Of course, the Inland Rail. I haven't actually been able to get the Queensland Government to sign up to the intergovernmental agreement on the Inland Rail, and I'm hoping to get that smoothed away.
You're up to your second prime minister. How are you and the PM working together?
Very well. Scott and I speak every day. We have done since the day he became prime minister. We get on very well, our wives, Catherine and Jenny, get along very well.
The Greens' candidate Michael Bayles has drawn number two on the ballot paper.
Tell me about yourself.
I have a degree in agricultural science from Tasmanian University and I did a graduate diploma in food technology and then worked for 36 years in the food industry. I was at Sunrice for 27 years. I retired and moved to Wagga [and] became involved with a group in mental health called Grow.
Can you see a time when The Greens could win a seat like Riverina?
It's going to be a long, hard battle. When I was at the candidates' forum last week in Forbes - which is National Party heartland - I got lovely feedback from somebody who was in the audience. There are a lot of people who will vote for us, but they are too scared to put their hand up in the community and say that's how they vote.
What are some of the issues facing the region?
I'm getting reports from various people who are finding they are not getting the same services out in the bush as they are in the cities. It's something we'll address.
If you were elected, what would be your biggest priority?
The biggest priority goes back to climate change. We've actually got a plan to develop a renewable economy, stop coal mining. There has been a lot of criticism that if we shut down the coal industry, there will be 55,000 or 60,000 people out of work. Our plan's got 180,000 new jobs in renewables.
What's the one thing above everything else you would say to voters?
I'd say to voters to take The Greens seriously. Look at our policies. It's what I've been saying all along.
Labor candidate Mark Jeffreson has drawn number three on the ballot paper.
So, tell me a bit about yourself.
I was born in Holbrook. I came in to Lavington with my parents when I was probably three or four. I was in Albury until 1987. I had spent 14 months in Canberra. I was going to live in Sydney for a couple of years to see what that was like, but Canberra was enough. I hightailed it back to Albury. I met my wife Kylie there. We came [to Wagga] in 1987.
What came first, the Labor interest or political?
I've only been a member of the Labor party for probably three or four years. I'm a capitalist, but I do think we have an obligation to distribute the wealth we generate according to what people are putting into the economy.
There are all sorts of reasons people are in the workforce part-time, but if you want to work full-time, you should be able to work full-time and that's become decreasingly likely for younger people, and that's not fair.
Can you see a time Labor will claim Riverina?
Yes. My light on the hill is John Howard in Bennelong back in 2007. He has said there is no such thing as a safe seat in Australia.
What are the issues? What are people telling you?
They are telling me that the services are no good. We have to recognise that every time we cut a tax, we have to cut a service as well, because that's a bit less money coming in.The government has stated over the last five or six years that when you cut taxes people work a bit harder. I think people work hard because people work hard.
If you were elected, what is the first thing that needs to change?
Our first order of business as an incoming government is to get the money back into schools and hospitals. Hospitals have been a real problem in the regional areas. We have rules about when truck drivers can drive and when they can't, to try to stop them being fatigued, but there are people walking around hospitals whacked from doing a long, long shift, taking a couple of hours off and then coming back.
What's the one thing you would say to voters, about all else, going into the election?
An economy should serve the people who put into it. It's not fair that you put into an economy and don't get enough out of it to live reasonably.
United Australia Party candidate Richard Foley has drawn number four.
Tell me about yourself.
I was born in Narrandera and spent most of my formative years in Wagga. I spent 11 years in Melbourne and three or four overseas, living in parts of Europe. Then I did some farming in Ganmain, mostly during the millennial drought. I'm a tradesman, a plasterer, and highly interested in politics.
Why the UAP?
I stood as an independent last time. I had $3000 and ran myself ragged. I'm running myself ragged now and that's with a campaign behind me.
I was approached by someone who was a member of the party and I looked at the policies, and thought 'well that sort of sits well with me'. I don't believe we should turn our back on the world, but I certainly think we should really start looking after our country and our countrymen a bit more, particularly our pensioners and our youth.
Clive Palmer is quite a controversial character. What sort of reception are you getting from voters?
It's been good. I just think the media itself is concentrating on the Clive Palmer side of it and they're concentrating on the personalities of the leaders.
You've got a big electorate to cover. What are people telling you the issues are?
You've got the pensioners coming in and they are just really battling. They are really, really suffering and the government insults them with $75 for the year. That's why we are saying we need to lift them - just slightly above the poverty line - with $150 a week, as that's how far behind they are.
What would you change, if elected, in Riverina?
What needs to change is more connection with the member. Let's say once a month, go down go to one of the local hotels or clubs and send out invites via social media. Come and talk to me.
You've taken on a big task in that you're taking on the Deputy Prime Minister.
The fact of the matter is he is sitting on a 56.5 per cent primary vote, so he only has to lose 6.6 per cent of that to go under into preference zone.