STAWELL - Rise Up Australia Party candidate for Mallee, Tim Middleton, shared his passion for maintaining ownership of land in Australia, with Stawell residents during a visit last week.
Mr Middleton was in Stawell on Wednesday and said he had spoken at length to many supporters about the importance of preventing the sale of Australian land to foreign bodies.
"This is a very big issue for the Mallee and all of Australia and falls into line with the three big issues I will be taking to this election," Mr Middleton said.
"My biggest issue is keeping Australian land in Australian hands."
Mr Middleton said he would also strive to keep farmers on the land with a viable income.
"We know free trade agreements exist, but not every country is playing the game," he said.
"We are putting farmers on the bleeding edge and then buying food in from other countries. It all comes back to the duopoly as it is called focusing on the two largest supermarkets. My aim would be to introduce tariffs on fresh fruit and some canned food items, to ensure our farmers are put back on a level playing field.
"The way it is now, they have no hope of competing.
"I am aware there is a free trade agreement and we have to be mindful of the things we trade to other countries as well, but you can't just walk away from our farmers who are suffering because of cheap imports."
Mr Middleton said his third big issue was seeing measures put in place to stop the introduction of any parallel, or second law system in Australia.
"I use Sharia law as an example, because I don't want to see this country divided," he said.
Mr Middleton said he was receiving a clear message from voters when visiting Stawell and Horsham, that they just wanted to be heard.
"A lot of people are saying they are fed up and don't know who to vote for," he said.
"They are telling me that no-one is listening in the bigger parties and that issues they want resolved are not getting resolved.
"We are offering an alternative voice, a voice with common sense policies."