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Keppel MP invited to assets rally at Central Park this week

Dan McIntyre, Chris McJannett,Jeanette Darveniza, Lucas Garretty and Sher Hennessy getting ready for anti-privatisation rally in Rockhampton. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Dan McIntyre, Chris McJannett,Jeanette Darveniza, Lucas Garretty and Sher Hennessy getting ready for anti-privatisation rally in Rockhampton. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

"SHOW yourself and speak, Bruce Young".

That's the challenge The Services Union's Chris McJannett and campaign organiser Louise Ryan have laid down for the Member for Keppel.

And the pair has the support of a formidable force of hundreds of Rockhampton union members.

Chris and a handful of other union members yesterday mulled over their plan to stamp their opposition to the Newman Government's decision to sell or long lease Central Queensland's assets, including Ergon, Stanwell Power Station and Gladstone Port.

The union has extended Mr Young a formal invitation to a rally at Central Park on Thursday, at 5pm. Mr Young has not yet confirmed his attendance.

Ms Ryan said Mr Young was invited so he could explain "his government's actions".

"We just want to have a grown-up conversation with Mr Young about this because everyday families, businesses and the people of this community will be affected by this," she said.

"As the Member for Keppel and a public representative, Mr Young has an obligation to listen to us."

Ms Ryan said she could not understand why the government wanted to privatise "big revenue" assets like the Gladstone Ports Corporation.

Mr McJannett said government owned corporations were among the biggest employers in the region and many were on the chopping block to be privatised by direct sale or long term lease.

"We have already seen 200 jobs go at Ergon and many workers lives already disrupted by outsourcing and restructures," he said.

The Morning Bulletin was unable to contact Mr Young yesterday for comment.

Topics:  asset sale, bruce young




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