The Discernable Interviews

Box Hill to Return to the Liberal Party: Candidate Nicole Werner

1hr 27min

27 August 2022

Box Hill is the Chinese capital of Melbourne, much like Hurstville in Sydney. Traditionally a Liberal seat (1955-1982 and 1992-2018), it is tipped to return to the Liberals in the Nov 2022 election with Malaysian candidate Nicole Werner.

Daughter of working class migrants from Malaysia in 1987, Nicole is a lifelong local of Box Hill whose career has been managing charities in the not-for-profit sector (foodbanks).

We discussed:

  • A working class migrant family arrives in Box Hill
  • Point Cook Rd and why Labor won’t double it
  • How SW-Sydney suburbs were treated differently during lockdown
  • The ‘super station’ being built in Box Hill
  • Mont Albert residents denied access to the secret Union Station plans
  • Why media won’t accept a young, Asian female running for the Liberal Party
  • Affirmative action and racism in Australia
  • Is Daniel Andrews popular on the street?
  • Monte Carlo Pizza in Noble Park
  • Foodbanks overwhelmed in 2020
  • How would the Liberals have done any better?
  • Vulnerable Victorians should leave the state
  • Media blackouts
  • Equality of opportunity, outcome and effort
  • Motivations to work for the community
  • Where do values comes from?
  • The foundation of faith
  • Compromising values for the political party
  • Friends outside of politics
  • What Millennials are talking about
  • Minority groups over represented in media
  • The personality of Nicole Werner
  • Great food in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs
  • Crossfit and F45
  • Participating in school sport