DENNIS Jensen has confirmed he will run for Tangney as an independent after the Liberal Party ousted him last month.
Dr Jensen said he made the decision after receiving a “huge amount” of support from constituents and said a vote for him was a vote for Liberal values.
“I want the people of Tangney to be represented by someone with Liberal values who won’t put the party first,” he said.
“Voting me one and Liberal second will effective give you two Liberal votes,” he said.
Dr Jensen blamed “faceless men and women” for making decisions for the party, rather than the electorate.
He said he would continue to offer the same values should he be re-elected in the seat he has held since 2012.
“People know my values and know I’ll fight hard for what I believe in, but now I’m unrestrained by the Liberal Party I will fight harder,” he said.
Dr Jensen said his parliamentary record proved he was a voice for the electorate, and pledged a vote for him was for a Liberal without party ties.
Dr Jensen said debt, spending and flagged changes to superannuation were among the issues he would speak out against. “Retrospective changes to superannuation are reprehensible… people want the opportunity to save for their retirement with a degree of certainty,” he said.
He said the Liberal and Labor parties had lost their way.
“The philosophy has shifted from good policies making good politics to the other way round, the opposition shouldn’t matter if you have good policies (and) the neither party (does),” he said.
“Australians deserve better, the people of Tangney deserve better.”