Angry Anderson eyes Gilmore in federal election

HE may not be from around here, but Rose Tattoo frontman Angry Anderson has set his sights on the Gilmore seat for the next federal election.

The veteran rocker from Sydney's northern beaches is ready for a life on the South Coast if the National Party gives him the nod.

An announcement will be made next week on whether the Nationals will select Anderson to contest Gilmore or Throsby, currently held by Labor MP Stephen Jones.

"I signed up as a footsoldier for the Nationals and I've made myself available," Anderson said.

The singer said touring had made him familiar with Gilmore, and he had also been involved with the Dunn & Lewis Youth Foundation in Ulladulla.

"The place is very beautiful," he said of the electorate.

If selected, Anderson would run a three-cornered race against Liberal candidate Ann Sudmalis and a pre-selected Labor candidate.

He would not be the first high-profile personality to be parachuted into the Gilmore candidacy - Labor Party members had to fight to preselect Kiama councillor Neil Reilly after the party's head office chose retired South Sydney Rabbitohs footballer David Boyle to contest the seat.

Anderson said he would always be "scrupulously honest".

"I'm not familiar with the area's intricate needs, but I can become educated quickly - you can only learn that on the ground," he said.

"I'm not pretending to be a local."

Anderson said he would move to the area as soon as possible if he were selected, and seek out the concerns of the voters of the electorate.

"Australia's economic stability very much depends on the rural areas," he said.

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