Wide Bay's One Nation candidate is set to be reimbursed $24,000 despite apparently making no effort at all in the federal election.
Wide Bay's One Nation candidate is set to be reimbursed $24,000 despite apparently making no effort at all in the federal election. adrian825

UNFAIR: Invisible Wide Bay candidate to net $24k for effort

EVERYONE loves criticising politicians for supposedly being paid for very little result.

But what about those who get cheques for even less than that?

It's a situation worth watching in the Wide Bay thanks to the law which reimburses $2.75 per primary vote if candidates get above 4 per cent.

Consider Tim Jerome's situation.

He had a steady stream of media releases and comment, turned up to every policy debate and was a fixture with wife Jo at pre-poll and polling booths. For his effort - likely knowing toppling the major parties was a long shot - he's about to lose $20,000 (story page 4).

Tim Jerome Wide Bay federal election candidate
Tim Jerome expects to lose about $20,000 for his election effort. Contributed

The there's One Nation's Aaron Vico.

Aside from an online profile which reads like a political Tinder profile written for a shy friend, Mr Vico never responded to any questions, showed up for any policy debate, or even circulated a photo.

Frankly he's lucky no one lodged a missing persons report during the campaign - not that it'd do any good because clearly no one would recognise him.

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No photo of Aaron Vico has ever been distributed by One Nation.

Even one of the party's advocates at pre-poll was backing Jerome.

And for this non-effort Mr Vico (or the party) is likely to be returned about $24,000 in taxpayer money.

Perhaps candidates should have to prove they've at least been in an electorate before they're entitled to cash.