Social cohesion, tax relief and support of small business are priorities for Barton's Liberal candidate

Liberal candidate for Barton, Pramej Shrestha.

Liberal candidate for Barton, Pramej Shrestha.

Liberal candidate for Barton, Pramej Shrestha is the first candidate of Nepalese background to stand in an Australian Federal election.

"I believe Barton reflects modern Australia," Mr Shrestha said. "I love the diversity of the community.

"Our migrant heritage is an enduring source of strength, prosperity and cultural vibrancy."

Building social cohesion and community engagement his main priorities.

"Our plan to keep Australians together includes practical programs that build social cohesion by connecting diverse communities to Australian society and to the workforce.

"Settlement programs support migrants to become self-reliant and active members of the Australian community."

Mr Shrestha grew up locally attending Penshurst Public School, St George Christian School and and Georges River College Oatley Campus. He holds a Bachelor of Business form Australian Catholic University.

Tax relief for families and small businesses are also his main priorities.

"Small and medium businesses make up over half of our economy and employ two-thirds of our workforce," Mr Shrestha said.

"They really are the heart of our economy. In Barton alone 22,783 small and medium businesses are benefiting from tax relief legislated by the Government.

"A re-elected Morrison Government will establish the Australian Business Growth Fund by providing $100 million in funding and partnering with financial institutions to enhance equity financing to small businesses. The Fund will aim to expand to $1 billion as it matures.

"Many people I know personally in the local Nepalese community are hardworking small business owners and I am proud to be a part of the Liberal team who are working for tax relief for families and small business to help keep our economy strong. A stronger economy will lead to more investments in essential services like health and education."

Accessing more affordable medicines is also a main issue.

"I know many families in Barton are doing it tough. Critical medical expenses are through the roof and this is on top of increasing cost of living pressures. That's why I'm proud to be a part of a team who has added more than 2,000 new or amended medicines listings to the PBS since 2013."

Mr Shrestha said the campaign has gone smoothly and pre-poll has gotten busier by the day.

" I'm so thankful for the volunteers who have dedicated their time to support me in the 2019 Federal Election.

"Voters at pre-poll have been supportive yet the main issue raised was that they feel that Barton has been forgotten over the past three years. I want to make sure that Barton gets the attention and representation it deserves.

"Talking to voters, I'd say the main topics of interest are education and small business-related issues."