News

Former Member for Keppel puts his hand up for Kirsten's seat

The former Member for Keppel has put his hand up for Kirsten's job.
The former Member for Keppel has put his hand up for Kirsten's job. Chris Ison Rokcdeamalg

WITH the Federal Member for Capricornia, Kirsten Livermore, this week announcing she won't stand at the next election, long-time Labor stalwart and retired lawyer Paul Hoolihan yesterday put his hand up for the job.

"I think Kirsten did a good job representing our electorate which is a vast electorate and she did her best to get around and meet with as many people in all of the communities that she could," the former Member for Keppel said.

And what are the issues he thinks need addressing and what will he do if he is to win pre-selection and stand for Ms Livermore's seat?

"Health and education really are the two staples of whatever persuasion the government of the day is," Mr Hoolihan says.

"To be on an even playing field we all need access to education and good education but at present the standard of education in Australia is poor and here in Queensland we are behind most of the other states and we people still struggling with the basics and that's not good.

"And health is still not given the priority it deserves and as far as I am concerned it needs to be far better managed and even bigger amounts need to be injected into it.

"And people with disabilities also need to be looked after more especially in regional centres where sometimes services are less than those in the cities.

"That is a big problem of governments too, no matter which Party they belong in that Australia doesn't begin and end in Canberra or begin and end in Brisbane.

"Then there is the issue of our roads needing a lot more funding."

The other big issue he says that needs fair dinkum focus is the environment.

"All of us have become environmentalists to some degree because it is crucial to our existence and we all have our dislikes about certain things that are being done but we do need to act responsibly but at the same time there should be no room for extremist views either," Mr Hoolihan said.

"And the proposed installation of more coal ports should not go ahead at Keppel Bay because the community does not want them or at the very least must have restrictions in place to safeguard the environment."

The pre-selection process will start on December 10.

Mr Hoolihan who was born in Longreach is aged 65 and is a retired lawyer.

He previously served in the State Parliament for eight years before losing his seat to Bruce Young at this year's Queensland election.

See Kerri-Anne Mesner's opinion piece for more on politics.

Topics:  kirsten livermore, member for capricornia, paul hoolihan, seat




Ribbon cut on new Gracemere skate park

Cr Drew Wickerson, Cr Cherie Rutherford, Cr Ellen Smith, Cr Margaret Strelow, Cr Neil Fisher and Cr Rose Swaddling at the new skate park.

Gracemere welcomes new skate park

BYTE ME: Last week of free upgrades

RUNNING OUT: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks at an event demonstrating the new features of Windows 10 at the company's headquarters in Redmond, Washington.

There will be no free upgrades to Windows soon

Foggy morning around CQ brings temps higher than average

Get the latest weather report for the region

Latest deals and offers


Your Chance to Win

A Holiday to Kingfisher Bay!
Learn More

48 HOURS ACROSS THE REGION

BOOTCAMP FUNDRAISER: Gracemere woman Nicole Parlett is fundraising this weekend to trek the Kokoda Trail in September in a bid to raise funds for Beyond Blue and tackle the stigma surrounding mental health.

What's On in CQ region this weekend

Guy Sebastian a hit at Splendour in the Grass

Guy Sebastian performs at Splendour in the Grass with Paces.

REALITY TV judge a hit with festival crowd.

Superheroes of the big screen enjoy sounds of Splendour

CHRIS Hemsworth and his Avengers mates drop by Byron festival.

Indigenous artist shows tourists secrets of Aboriginal painting

Ever thought "I could do that" about Aboriginal art?

Dynamic pics from Splendour Day 1

The Strokes perform at Splendour in the Grass 2016. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Check out the latest pictures from Splendour in the Grass.

Bindi Irwin: 18 magic photos to mark her 18th birthday

Bindi Irwin with a python.

Photos: Bindi Irwin from babyhood to 18

Aussie director makes his mark on new Roots mini-series

Malachi Kirby as Kunta Kinte in a scene from the TV series Roots.

BRUCE Beresford behind final episode of remake of iconic series.

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

Iconic Denison St building sold for close to $1M

The Swan Hotel building in Denison St.

ONE of Rockhampton’s most iconic buildings has been sold

Unique Rockhampton bar hits the market

HOT PROPERTY: Cuban themed bar Chango Chango is up for sale.

Popular Rocky bar hits the market.

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd