专访:昆州最多元文化选区补选 州长和陆克文支持的James Martin是何许人也?

THE SYDNEY POST悉尼邮报特约记者Elena布里斯本采访报道:

【Sydpost】本报13日讯,昆士兰州最多元文化的选区Stretton即将赢来补选。前任议员Duncan Pegg在与癌症坚强抗争18个月后不行离世,ABC等多家媒体都对这位在社区内饱受爱戴的议员进行了报导。这位议员在生前与自己的得力助手,也是本次补选的工党候选人James Martin,对Stretton选区的未来制定了发展计划。昆士兰州州长Annastacia Palaszczuk, 与澳大利亚第26任总理陆克文都曾发声支持这位勤勉的工党候选人。本报记者有幸采访到了补选候选人James Martin。

(图为James与民众交流)

记者:Can you please introduce yourself and Stretton electorate to us?

您可以向我们介绍一下您自己和Stretton选区吗?

James Martin:I live on the southside with my wife Stella and son Ollie. I grew up in Acacia Ridge, where my parents Bob and Lesley still live today.

I worked closely with Duncan Pegg MP since he was first elected to Parliament.  Representing community members and organisations – helping them get the assistance and representation they deserve.

Duncan’s hard work and commitment to his community is well known in our local area and I have been there every step of the way. Fighting for quality schools, health care, better roads, and public transport.

For many people in Stretton which is the most multicultural electorate in Queensland they have family overseas.

And when talking to residents I have listened to their stories about their family members and loved ones overseas and how COVID has spread and ravaged their communities.

But also talking to residents and one thing comes up time and time again – and that is the amazing work our Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and how she continues to keep Queenslanders safe.

The Palaszczuk Government is working hard to rebuild our economy and create local jobs.

Our community needs a local member who will work with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to deliver our fair share.

我住在昆士兰州布里斯班南区,和我的妻子Stella和儿子Ollie住在一起。我在南区Acacia Ridge长大,我的父亲Bob和母亲Lesley仍住在那里。

自从Duncan Pegg (Stretton前任议员)当选议员以来,我们一直一起工作。我们一起代表社区成员和组织,帮助他们获得应得的援助和支持。

Duncan的勤勉和对社区的用心在我们本地社区为人熟知,我也随他参与了每个阶段的工作,为优质学校、医疗保健和更好的道路与公共交通奋斗。

Stretton选区是昆士兰州最多元文化的选区,Stretton选区很多居民都有家人在海外。与居民交谈时,我聆听了他们在海外亲朋好友的故事,也知晓了COVID疫情如何蔓延和破坏他们的社区。

我们的谈话中有一个主题反复出现——那就是我们昆士兰州州长Annastacia Palaszczuk优秀的工作以及她如何一直保障昆士兰州安全。Palaszczuk政府正孜孜不倦地为修复经济和创造本地工作机会而工作。                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   记者:What urged you to run this election?

您为什么参加本次竞选?

James MartinThe reason for this by-election is a sad one, our good friend Duncan Pegg has passed away following his 18-month battle with cancer.

When Duncan retired, he asked that I run to continue his legacy for Stretton.

This includes:

Delivering quality schools, including new classrooms, performing arts centre, solar panels, security fences and air conditioning.

Delivering quality health care to ensure our health system looks after our local community.

Delivering better roads and public transport, with major upgrades to the Logan and Gateway Motorway and Beaudesert Road.

这一次补选的原因令人悲伤,我们的好朋友Duncan Pegg (Stretton前议员) 在与癌症抗争18个月后离世了。

Duncan卸任时请求我参加竞选,继续他在Stretton选区的工作, 其中包括:

继续建设优质学校,学校将包括新教室,艺术表演中心,太阳能板,安全围栏和空调;

提供优质医疗保健服务,保证我们的医疗体系能覆盖本地社区;

提供更好的道路与公共交通,升级Logan和Gateway高速公路以及Beaudesert路。

(图为James的工作照)

记者:Why did you join the ALP? Why not the LNP or the others?

您为何选择加入工党(ALP)?为什么不是自由国家党(LNP)或者其他?

James MartinI grew up in Acacia Ridge after my parents emigrated from England with my dad Bob, mum Lindsey and younger siblings Patrick and Sarah.

My family didn’t have much money growing up but my parents worked hard in life to provide for us.

They also valued education, which is core value of the Labor Party. I was the first in my family to attend University, there I meet Duncan Pegg who got me involved in the ALP.

I joined the ALP because I believe every person should have access to quality healthcare and a quality education. I also did not support the LNP’s views on deals with One Nation.

我的父母从英格兰移民,我从小在Acacia Ridge长大,与我的父亲Bob、母亲Lindsey、弟弟Patrick和妹妹Sarah一起生活。在我们长大的过程中,我的家庭并不富裕,但我的父母勤勤恳恳工作抚养我们。他们十分重视教育,这也是工党的核心价值。我是家里第一个大学生,我在大学里认识了Duncan Pegg,在他的影响下我加入了工党。

我加入工党是因为我相信每个人都应当获得高质医疗和教育资源。我也无法认同自由国家党与一国党的一些合作。

记者:Do you have some special commitments for Stretton?

您对Stretton选区有没有特别承诺?

James MartinMy commitment is to work with our Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk MP to deliver our fair share of services for the Southside.

Our priorities are clear:

Delivering better healthcare for Southsiders, with nearly $30 million of upgrades to the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Hospital.

Upgrading local roads to help residents get where they are going faster, including a $30 million upgrade to Beaudesert Road and Illaweena Street.

Investing in schools to ensure local kids get the best opportunities, including more than $10 million to build new classrooms at Stretton State College.

我的承诺是与州长Annastacia Palaszczuk一起为南区提供公平公正的服务:

我们的优先关注事物很明确:

为南区提供更好的医疗保健服务,支出近3000万澳元升级伊丽莎白二世纪念议员;

升级本地道路,帮助居民更快捷方便地出行,支出将包括用3000万澳元升级Beaudesert路和Illaweena街;

为学校提供投资,保证本地学生得到最好教育机会,其中包括支持超过1000万澳元为Stretton州立学校建造新教室。

记者:What do you think of the LNP’s misuse of your good bloke and colleague Duncan’s photos?

您如何看待自由国家党(LNP)候选人滥用您的好伙伴和同事Duncan Pegg的照片?

James MartinDuncan’s family has suffered a terrible loss. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing the Pegg Family for 20 years – they are caring, talented and intelligent family.

The family has provided a statement about their views on the LNP candidates as per below. I support the request from the Pegg family.

“We are deeply distressed that the LNP candidate is sending out misleading campaign materials with our son and brother Duncan Pegg in them, implying Duncan supports him in the upcoming by-election,” the family said.

“We request that the LNP respect the memory of Duncan and stop the candidate misusing our son and brother’s image.”

Duncan的家人遭受了沉重的损失。我有幸认识Pegg家人二十年了——他们是充满爱心、富有才华和智慧的一家人。

Duncan的家人曾就自由国家党候选人此举发表如下声明,我十分支持Pegg家庭的诉求:

“我们深感不安,因为自由国家党候选人分发涉及我们儿子/兄弟Duncan的误导性竞选材料,暗示我们Duncan在即将到来的补选中支持他。

我们要求自由国家党尊重Duncan的过去,停止候选人滥用为我们的儿子/兄弟的照片。”

记者:As we know, Stretton is the most multicultural electorate in Queensland. How did you and Duncan take care of the multicultural communities in Stretton? How will you do it in the future (any changes)?

就我们所知,Stretton是昆士兰州最多元文化的选区。您和Duncan是如何关照Stretton的多元文化社区的?您会在将来怎么做,有什么改变吗?

James MartinIn Duncan’s last speech in parliament, he said Stretton is:

“A unique part of Queensland.

The usual conventions and rules do not always apply in my local area, but that is what I think makes it special.

It is the most multicultural electorate in the state and that energy and drive shines through in our community.

We are fortunate in our local area to have so many community-minded people, and I value the friendships I have made with so many. I am proud we have worked together.”

Duncan and I always supported our multicultural communities and stood against racism. We would never do deals with One Nation.

Unlike the LNP, who at the last election put One Nation second, even in Stretton. I believe this was an utter disgrace and was condemned by the multicultural leaders across Queensland.

For the future, the Palaszczuk Government is currently undertaking an Inquiry into Serious Vilification and Hate Crimes. We understand the Chinese community have been unfairly targeted by racism, especially following COVID.

The Palaszczuk Government wants to hear from you to ensure our laws protect our multicultural communities.

Duncan在议会的最后一场演讲中说:“Stretton是昆士兰州独一无二的一部分。寻常惯例和传统并不总是适用于我们的社区,但正因如此,我们的社区如此特别。Stretton是昆士兰州最多元文化的选区,活力与干劲在我们的社区熠熠生辉。我们很幸运,我们的社区有很多心系社区的人,我珍视与他们中许多人建立的友谊。我很骄傲能与这些人一起为社区打拼。”

我和Duncan一直支持我们的多元文化社区,反对种族主义。我们从不与一国党合作,与自由国家党不同(自由党在上一次昆士兰州大选中与一国党互相换票,即使在Stretton选区也如此)。我认为这是彻头彻尾的耻辱,昆士兰州多元文化社区领袖都极力谴责——

放眼未来,Palaszczuk政府正就严重诽谤和仇恨罪展开调查。我们了解华人社区在遭受种族主义者攻击,尤其是在疫情之后。

Palaszczuk政府想要听到您的声音,保证我们的法律保护我们的多元文化社区。

记者:Do you have anything special to say to the readers of the Sydney Post?

您有什么要对悉尼邮报读者说的话吗?

James MartinI wanted to pay tribute to our friend Duncan Pegg, former member for Stretton.

Duncan’s life cut sadly too short was one where he left his mark, a life to be proud of.

Duncan left a great legacy for the people of Stretton, I promise him that I would work hard everyday to continue that legacy.

I want to thank Sydney Post for having this interview with me. I wish the Post more successes in the future.

我想要致敬我们的朋友Duncan Pegg,Stretton前任议员。

Duncan的早逝令人悲痛,但他留下了自己的印记,他的生命令人骄傲。

Duncan为Stretton选区留下了珍贵的遗赠,我向他保证过我会每天勤勉工作,继续他的工作。

感谢《悉尼邮报》的采访。祝愿《悉尼邮报》取得更大的成功。

(图为James Martin的竞选海报)

(图为本报记者采访Stretton选区议员候选人James Martin先生)

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