One Nation Capricornia candidate announced
ONE Nation candidate for the seat of Capricornia, Keren Armstrong has vowed to help change the region for the better.
Under the seat of Pauline Hanson's party, Ms Armstrong, who has a lengthy background in retail, says she understands the struggles people have and is here to listen and make changes.
"It feels bloody good," Ms Armstrong replied when asked how she felt about running.
"When I have a boss on board who backs me like this, I am honoured.
"There are a number of issues to address, the farming, the truck drivers, the ice epidemic to start with, and people want change and it is time they got it.
"People are looking at the Malcolm Turnbulls and they are not listening to what the people are asking.
"And this is why I have come on board, I am here to ask questions and to listen and to do something. For once we need change and it is going to change."
Despite being relatively fresh to Rockhampton and new to the political game, Ms Armstrong has visited the region on a multiple of occasions and was confident ahead of her chances.
"Bring it on," she said of criticism to her inexperience.
"I have been in retail 25 years and as a business owner, I know the struggles people are having."
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson is in the Beef Capital for three days introducing her candidate who she described as a battler and one the region needs.
"I first met Keren in 2007 and she is a strong supporter of my beliefs," Ms Hanson said.
"She is a person who is prepared to speak up, she has had it tough. She lost her husband so reared her daughter alone.
"She is very strong on family values and spoken about issues here.
"She is an ordinary mum, and average person who has done it tough and understands and I think that is what we need."
Ms Hanson, who has toured Queensland aboard the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners from Griffith to Longreach, and said the entire country was "in a mess".
"The towns that are dying in rural and regional areas are dying and it's no different in Rockhampton," she said.
"We want people who on the floor of parliament who are prepared to speak for the people. I am sick of these career politicians who are yes people and are dictated by party politicians. We are going to change it."
On a more local front, Ms Hanson listed the proposed resort on Great Keppel Island as the main issue.
"You have the Great Keppel Island Resort that needs to go ahead, and its bloody mindlessness from Annastacia Palaszczuk.
"I asked her directly to come up and have a look at it. You could make this a tourist mecca of Queensland.
"You have the financial and water problems with Adani. There should be less export of the beef here, let's start processing the beef here.
"We have got to get jobs going, youth unemployment is sitting at 25-30%, escalating price rising in the housing."