2013 Federal Election guide to the seat of Capricornia

CAPRICORNIA covers an area of 91,049 sq km from Collinsville in the north, the Capricornia Coast in the east and the Shire of Belyando in the west.

Rockhampton and the towns of Collinsville, Dysart, Emu Park, Glenden, Marlborough, Mirani, Moranbah, Nebo, St Lawrence, Sarina, Yeppoon, and parts of Clermont and Middlemount. Nearby islands, inlcuding Great Keppel are also included in this division.

Capricornia is home to one of the largest coal mining workforces (proportionally) in the country.

Other industries include primary production, grains, beef cattle, grazing, fishing, meat works, dairy products and tourism.

Incumbent: Kirsten Livermore (Labor), is retiring



Peter Freeleagus (Labor)

Peter Freeleagus has conceded defeat after a huge swing in the mining regions helped the LNP to victory.
Peter Freeleagus has conceded defeat after a huge swing in the mining regions helped the LNP to victory. Chris Ison

The Isaac Regional councillor and Moranbah miner has big shoes to fill.

His pre-selection was not without controversy.

Paul Hoolihan secured the support of 64% of local ALP members, but Mr Freeleagus got across the line thanks to Labor's Electoral College system and factional wheeling and dealing.

He has indicated he will move to Rockhampton from Moranbah should he prevail.

More stories about Peter Freeleagus

Check out Peter's website and Facebook page.


Michelle Landry (LNP)

LNP candidate Michelle Landry says the mining tax and hospitals are the big issues in Capricornia.
LNP candidate Michelle Landry says the mining tax and hospitals are the big issues in Capricornia. File

This will be Ms Landry's second shot at wresting Capricornia from Labor.

In 2010, with little support from LNP headquarters, Ms Landry turned the once safe ALP seat into a marginal one, whittling Kirsten Livermore's margin from 12.08% down to 3.68%.

The life-long Rockhampton resident spent 20 years working for the National Australia Bank before before establishing her own book-keeping business.

She has also spent the past three years working part-time in the office of Flynn  MP Ken O'Dowd.

More stories about Michelle Landry

Click here to go to Michelle's website and Facebook page.


Capricorn Coast Greens spokesman and candidate Paul Bambrick.
Capricorn Coast Greens spokesman and candidate Paul Bambrick. Contributed

Paul Bambrick (Greens)

Paul Bambrick was born and raised in Rocky, studied architecture in Brisbane and travelled and worked extensively overseas before returning to Yeppoon.

His family has a long association with Central Qld: Great Grandfather Robert was one of the original shearers to strike in Barcaldine in 1891 and Grandfather Horace was a navie on the first Rockhampton water pipeline in the 1930s.

Besides his career as an architectural technician, Paul has worked as a tour guide and entertainer on the Great Barrier Reef and Fraser Island, as a Green Corps Project coordinator, Owner Builder, Musician and Native Vegetation Manager, restoring endangered forest habitat.

He lives in Yeppoon with his partner of 28 years and has two adult children. He is a strong supporter of community and a member of Landcare, P+C, Coowonga Folk Club, Cap Coast Ratepayer Assoc. and Livingstone Remnant Vegetation Group among others.



Hazel Alley (Family First)

Hazel Alley long term CQ resident, mother of eight children with 11 grandchildren.

Hazel Alley - Family First candidate for Capricornia in her Rockhampton office.
Hazel Alley - Family First candidate for Capricornia in her Rockhampton office. Sharyn O'Neill ROK261012shazel6

Her father and grandfather drove trucks for the Mt Morgan mine, her great-grandfather was a woodcutter in Rockhampton and her great-great-grandfather operated bullock teams out of Rockhampton.

Her grandfather, Alf Clanfield, was an Alderman of the city and his name is on the old Bridge over the Fitzroy.

Hazel was born in Rockhampton, married at 19, and became a Salvation Army officer, graduating Dux of the Sydney college.

She spent many years in community and pastoral work around Australia and Papua New Guinea, and has travelled extensively in many parts of the world.

She returned to Rockhampton in 1986, and has lived here with her family for the last 27 years. Married for 41 years, her husband is John Alley, the Senior Minister of Peace Australia.

Check out Hazel Alley's website and Facebook page.


Robbie Williams (Katter's Australian Party)

Robbie Williams will be a local candidate in the upcoming federal election for the Katter Party.
Robbie Williams will be a local candidate in the upcoming federal election for the Katter Party. Chris Ison

Robbie own's and operates an Electrical Contracting business. 

Liam, his oldest son is an Electrician, his second son Jared is a 3rd year apprentice and  both work for Robbie.   His youngest son, Brady plays with the Cowboys under 20's. 

Robbie and his wife, Janine, have been married for 27 years and have lived in Clermont for 42 years.

An avid sports fan, Robbie both plays and coaches many different forms of sports. He loves to ride his Harley Davidson, raising money for Charity.

For the past six years, he has held the role as Chairperson for Clermont's Preferred Futures Committee, an initiative of Rio-Tinto and Council, as well as being on numerous committees and club executives.

Robbie believes the Core Values of KAP is about protecting Aussie jobs, building back what has been lost and supporting Families. 

See more on the Katter Party website or Robbie's campaign Facebook page.




Derek Ison (Palmer's United Party)

Information and an image of Derek Ison not provided.


Bruce Diamond (Independent)

FORMER WIN Television anchorman Bruce Diamond is throwing his hat in the ring at the upcoming Federal election.

Bruce Diamond is standing as an Independent in the contest for the Federal seat of Capricornia.
Bruce Diamond is standing as an Independent in the contest for the Federal seat of Capricornia. Allan Reinikka

After contesting the seat of Rockhampton at the recent Queensland election, Mr Diamond has decided to stand for Capricornia on a federal level.

A passionate Central Queenslander, Mr Diamond was eager to protect the Fitzroy River, the rights of farmers and regulate coal seam gas mining.

Mr Diamond believed federal legislation regarding child support payments needed to be changed to consider what it costs to raise a child.

He'd also like to ensure indigenous Australians receive equal opportunities.

Check out Bruce's website and Facebook page.

Paul Lewis ( Rise Up Australia Party)

Paul Lewis Rise Up Australia Candidate
Paul Lewis Rise Up Australia Candidate

Paul's parents were from Gympie and Roma. Paul is third generation Australian and most proud to be called a Queenslander. Entering the Public Service at the age of 19, he joined the Administration Branch of the Law Department and progressed to the Courts branch where he studied Law to become a qualified Clerk of Courts for 12 years. During this time he served 3 years in the Australian Army as a Green Beret with 2 Commando Company.

He then entered the Real Estate industry and became a Small Business Owner and ran his own sales office.

For more information about Paul, check out the Rise Up Australia's website or more on the party on its Facebook page.




2010 RESULT (Two-party-preferred)
Kirsten Livermore 53.68%
Michelle Landry 46.32% (+8.4 swing)



Before Kevin Rudd's return to the Labor leadership Ms Landry was a red hot favourite to win the seat for the conservatives for the first time since 1998 and only the second time since 1977.

But the Rudd factor has turned the race for Capricornia on its head. In the days after the leadership Mr Freeleagus rocketed to favouritism.

But Labor loses the power of incumbency with Ms Livermore's retirement, and this factor cannot be underestimated.

Ms Landry made tremendous inroads at the last election, but she knows that final 4% will be the hardest to move.

The LNP is desperate to win seats like Capricornia, and is likely to throw plenty of money and manpower at doing just that.

Ms Landry will have learnt from the 2010 campaign, while Mr Freeleagus is replacing a proven performer.

This will be one of the most-watched seats in Queensland on election night.



The seat was held by Frank Forde from 1922-46. Forde is one of Australia's shortest serving prime ministers, having held the post for 8 days in 1945 between the death of John Curtin and election of Ben Chifley.

Topics:  bruce diamond candidates capricornia election guide federal election 2013 hazel alley michelle landry paul bambrick peter freeleagus robbie williams

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