News

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




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

THE EXPERT: Stop judging working mothers

SUPER MUMS: Being a working mums comes down to perfecting time management.

"WORKING for money is all right; so is working because you want to.”

OPINION: How to prepare your child for day care

Your kids will love childcare, but it may take some adjusting.

GETTING your child ready for day care is vital.

MUMS' TOP 5: 'Musts' to have on your childcare checklist

SOME FALL SHORT: Organisations that train childcare workers will be subjected to extra audits.

SENDING your child off to day care can be daunting and confusing.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

Anything goes show promised for Emerald

Bryan Fletcher and Nathan Hindmarsh aka Fletch and Hindy.

Tickets running out the door to see Fletch and Hindy

Second boy, 15, arrested in relation to North Rocky break in

NSW police at coffs harbour boat ramp, arrest , gun, shots, handcuffs Photo: Trevor Veale / The Coffs Coast Advocate

Police investigating a number of reported break ins

Alleged stalker bailed, at 'risk of serving too much time'

Rockhampton man charged for stalking school girl granted bail

Latest deals and offers

Vivid timelapse

Screenshot from timelapse of Sydney's Vivid Festival

This timelapse shows Sydney's Vivid Festival

Michelle Landry campaign launch

Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry launches her election campaign.

Chris Lawson at Landry Launch

Michelle Landry's media adviser, Chris Lawson shares a joke at the oppositions...

Three bedroom, 1100sqm block: Is this Qld's cheapest home?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward

PROPERTY BOOM: Coast prices set to skyrocket

Like other areas in south-east Queensland, the Sunshine Coast is at the start of the upturn on the property clock.

Values predicted to rise 25-33%