Tony O’Brien has long family connections with the Macedon electorate. His people settled in the district as farmers way back in the 1890s and some family members are still farming in the district. Tony served for several years in the Australian Army and as an active RSL member, he is alert to the issues of ex-servicemen and women.
He holds a Masters of History and among his specialties is the history of the tumultuous evolution of parliamentary democracy during Victoria’s gold rush days. He is totally opposed to the Andrew’s Government’s greenie enclosure movement that would severely deny hunters, campers, horse riders, other legitimate bush users’ access into the proposed (355,000 hectare / 852,000 acre) Great Forest National Park across the Macedon electorate and other areas of Victoria.
Issues that he is outspoken on include; getting the all intrusive ‘Big Brother Andrew’s Government’ out of our daily lives; better country passenger and freight rail services throughout Victoria, especially revitalising and re-establishing cross country links. He is an advocate for improved passenger rail services beyond Bendigo to regional towns including; Mildura, Swan Hill and Echuca. As a decentralisation advocate he says; ‘For decentralisation to be effective, Victoria must have upgraded rural passenger and freight rail services.’
He will work with responsible dog owners to reform the Domestic Animals Amendment (Puppy Farms and Pet Shops) Act 2017, which he says has the hallmarks of a law written in North Korea.
Tony would ensure the Local Government Act is reformed to make councils more accountable for how they spend ratepayers’ monies and would halt Councillors’ overseas ‘junket’ trips at ratepayers’ expense.
Tony proposes that electricity generation must be based on affordable and guaranteed energy supply, not on the costly intermittent vagaries of wind and solar renewables.
His long term vision is to make Victoria a manufacturing dynamo again and create real regional jobs for tomorrow.