ALP's candidate for Capricornia Russell Robertson.
ALP's candidate for Capricornia Russell Robertson. Contributed

ELECTION DAY: Candidates make final pitches for your vote

ELECTION day has arrived, and to assist Capricornia voters in deciding who to support, The Morning Bulletin approached the candidates seeking their final election pitches.

Paul Bambrick - The Greens

Greens candidate for Capricornia Paul Bambrick.
Greens candidate for Capricornia Paul Bambrick. Contributed

"I'm presenting a plan to create a better future for all of us: fairer and more equal. We've seen farms fracked across the nation but you are not getting royalties or taxes from this massively rich industry because they have bought politicians with over $100 million in political donations: I'd call it corruption -they call it mateship,” Mr Bambrick said.

"We want to spend that money on our schools, on free uni and free TAFE and hospitals and childcare and a renewable future for our kids.

"Senator Larissa Waters has pressured the government into the Banking Royal Commission, getting sick kids off Manus and has helped patients get legal access to medicinal cannabis. We need Larissa to set up a federal corruption watchdog so the government governs for the people, not big business. We'll raise Newstart, and take the GST and superannuation paperwork out of small business and pay them $110 in tax deductions for every $100 in wages so they hire more. Climate change and water mismanagement is killing our farmers and hijacking our kids' future: it's time we found new ways to power our economy and our homes. The future is bright but we have to move forward to claim it.”

Campaign promises:

  • Make child care free for 4,500 families and more affordable for 5,400 families.
  • Provide free dental care for 37,300 children and young people in 2019, 27,500 pensioners & welfare recipients in 2021 and access for everyone by 2025.
  • We have a plan to clear public hospital wait lists in the next two years. In Capricornia this means 180 people will have their elective surgery fully funded.
  • Under our plan to ensure older Australians have safe, affordable aged care, 204 additional Level 3 Home Care Packages and 102 additional Level 4 Home Care Packages will be provided in Capricornia over the next 3 years.
  • Our plan to provide secure housing will build 4,330 safe, affordable homes in Capricornia over the next 15 years. It's an investment that puts a roof over every head, and creates thousands of jobs in the process.
  • Increasing Newstart by $75 per week to help people as they look for work will inject $24,750,000 into local businesses and rapidly create 91 new jobs in Capricornia.
  • Our plan will put solar on an additional 2,100 homes and reduce local carbon emissions by 101,700 tonnes a year.
  • Our wages credit policy will reward small businesses who pay their staff more by allowing them to claim 110% of their wages bill as a tax deduction. 11,000 local businesses in Capricornia will have more money to afford pay rises, hire new staff and expand their services.

George Birkbeck - Katter's Australian Party

Capricornia candidate George Birkbeck.
Capricornia candidate George Birkbeck. Leighton Smith

"The major parties must put an end to their free market policies which are destroying Australian industries as they try to compete in the global market.

"Katter's Australian Party calls for a Royal Commission to reveal the true extent of Labor and Liberal Party involvement in this betrayal of Australia. Privatisation and free markets have killed off entire industries, killed off thousands of businesses and have put entire towns' futures in jeopardy.

"Just look at the carnage: the motor vehicle industry - gone, clothing and footwear manufacturing - gone, petrol production - gone, white goods manufacture - gone, half of the seafood, pork and vegetable industries - gone.

"Our five biggest farms - gone, 83 per cent of our minerals - gone, 93 per cent coal seam gas - gone, airports - gone, coal ports - gone. The Australian people must own essential services and infrastructure such as airports, water, electricity, gas, health services, communications and road, rail and port networks to protect our sovereignty and prosperity.

"The KAP is for 'building Australia, not selling it'.”

Campaign promises:

  • Make child care free for 4,500 families and more affordable for 5,400 families.
  • Provide free dental care for 37,300 children and young people in 2019, 27,500 pensioners & welfare recipients in 2021 and access for everyone by 2025.
  • We have a plan to clear public hospital wait lists in the next two years. In Capricornia this means 180 people will have their elective surgery fully funded.
  • Under our plan to ensure older Australians have safe, affordable aged care, 204 additional Level 3 Home Care Packages and 102 additional Level 4 Home Care Packages will be provided in Capricornia over the next 3 years.
  • Our plan to provide secure housing will build 4,330 safe, affordable homes in Capricornia over the next 15 years. It's an investment that puts a roof over every head, and creates thousands of jobs in the process.
  • Increasing Newstart by $75 per week to help people as they look for work will inject $24,750,000 into local businesses and rapidly create 91 new jobs in Capricornia.
  • Our plan will put solar on an additional 2,100 homes and reduce local carbon emissions by 101,700 tonnes a year.
  • Our wages credit policy will reward small businesses who pay their staff more by allowing them to claim 110% of their wages bill as a tax deduction. 11,000 local businesses in Capricornia will have more money to afford pay rises, hire new staff and expand their services.

Ken Murray - Independent

Ken Murray.
Ken Murray. Rebekah Yelland

"(I'm running in this election) to listen, serve you, for better prosperity, health, to giving a future and a hope, the way of give not get, love not hate,” Mr Murray said.

"Hold a Capricornia forum, for a consensus list of priority needs to action. As your Independent, hold government politicians accountable through a Federal Crime and Misconduct Commission.

"Action bitumen sealing of Stanage Bay Road, Beef Road, Clermont-Alpha Hwy, May Downs Road, Collinsville-Mt Larcom Road. Increase incomes, morale, productivity by family orientated EBAs to replace casualisation. Cause and effect youth crime transformed through "true values” Adventure 60 Programs and curfew bus with youth-trained officers.

"Continue fighting for justice, eg, Maxi Bader 222 Elphinstone St, Berserker ensuring such tragedy never occurs again. Laws and protection for our health workers to prevent violence against their brave service.

"Refuse foreign acquisition of our Shoal Water Bay. Cut $530 billion government debt, cancelling $100+ billion for 12 useless submarines. Aged care-childcare centres, to promote intergenerational learning, wisdom and skills.

"Stop nations destroying our Blair Athol State Forest. Diversify our Capricornia economy into Food, Accommodation, Clothing and Transport (FACT). Solve black lung by 50 cents Black Lung Levy per ton of coal, regulation of safety, compensation, and research for a cure.

"Superhighway of high-speed fibre optic cables for health, business and entertainment. Promote a better environment by promoting its economic value.”

Campaign promises:

  • Government check-up from the neck up; expose and rid ourselves of stinking toxic thinking in the conduct of Parliament. I love I do.
  • Hold government and politicians accountable not only by legal standards but moral ethical codes, same as our sport celebrities. Federal Crime & Misconduct Commission needed.
  • Bitumen seal Stanage Bay Road, Beef Road, Clermont-Alpha Hwy, May Downs Road, Collinsville-Mt Larcon Road, etc, pronto.
  • Promote the better cohesive community family Way of: give not get, love not hate, co-operation not competition, peace not war. Eliminate family violence.
  • Increase incomes, better morale and productivity by introducing family-minded Enterprise Bargaining Agreements (EBA) to replace undercutting Casualisation of the Workforce,
  • Fix the problems of cause and effect regarding youth crime with "true values" character development programmes and curfew bus with youth-trained officers for offenders.
  • Help the vulnerable; the widow and fatherless; the poor and elderly.
  • Continue fighting for justice and compensation for the "underdog"; eg, Maxi Bader 222 Elphinstone St, Berserker.
  • Provide laws and protection for our health workers and 1st Responders to prevent violence against their brave efforts to save people's lives.
  • Refuse any foreign nation allied to expansionist-minded nations like China, to have stealthy acquisition of our prime rural and coastal properties at Stanage Bay and Shoal Water Bay.
  • Reduce our $530 billion Government Debt by reducing unnecessary spending such as the $100+ billion payment to France for 12 useless submarines.
  • Provide innovative joint Aged Care-Childcare Centres for set aside time, to promote elder respect and intergenerational learning and transfer of wisdom, character qualities and skills.
  • Establish "Adventure 60" Programme in Schools for character development and positive success orientation for our youth.
  • Monitor Overseas takeovers and underhanded Government Approvals for other nations to mine our Blair Athol State Forest and other crown lands.
  • Diversify and bullet-proof our Capricornia economy into Food, Accommodation, Clothing, & Transport (FACT).
  • Solve Black Lung by 50 cents Black Lung Levy per ton of coal, for policed regulation of safety, compensation, and research of known helpful botanicals for a cure.

Michelle Landry - LNP

Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry, was in Mackay yesterday to announce funding for the Palmyra Dragway.
Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry, was in Mackay yesterday to announce funding for the Palmyra Dragway. Callum Dick

"The result of this election will not only be very close, it will be vital to the future job prospects of every Central Queenslander,” MsLandry said.

"We have a real opportunity on Saturday to make our voices heard and to make it clear we want to see more jobs for local workers.

"I have a plan to deliver just that, by delivering more real job-creating projects and by backing our traditional industries - agriculture and mining - in their fight against those who would shut their jobs down.

"One in three Central Queenslanders relies on mining to put food on their table and the rest of us rely on it to keep the lights on and the stores open. It is vital we send a message to those out there who can't stand up for local jobs and say, 'I support Adani'.

"I have lived all my life in Central Queensland and in the past five years have worked incredibly hard to deliver the projects we so desperately need, but there is more to do and more to achieve.

"Put your faith in me and I will continue to work every day for you and for our community.”

Campaign promises:

  • Deliver on our promise to create a further 1.25 million jobs over next 5 years
  • Delivering a balanced Budget after a decade in the red
  • Provide tax relief to families and small businesses
  • Provide a tax rebate this year of up to $1,080 for eligible singles, $2,160 for couples.
  • $100 billion nationwide infrastructure plan
  • Invest $10 billion into fixing the Bruce Highway
  • Deliver legislation to help casual workers convert to permanent
  • Fund 80,000 new apprenticeships across the country
  • Develop a $30 million School of Mining and Resources for CQ
  • Delivering a Royal Commission into Aged Care system and into Disability sector
  • 10,000 new Home Care packages so our elderly can remain at home for longer.
  • $84 million for respite care so carers can get a break.
  • More funding to deal with Domestic Violence with programmes like 1800RESPECT
  • Build a new Ring Road in Rockhampton
  • Install a new Authority to manage major water infrastructure projects in Central Queensland
  • Make sure our Retirees aren't hit by new taxes
  • Continue listing life-changing medicines on the PBS (Labor stopped doing this when last in power)
  • $254 million for Yeppoon to Mt Isa highways
  • Help fund the biggest Beef Australia ever
  • Deliver Pre-school funding for 350,000 kids, so they can get 15 hrs of quality learning each week.
  • Continue to deliver record funding to Hospitals (CQ hospitals up 94% under Coalition)
  • Continue to deliver record funding for our schools
  • $300 million schools package (up 63% since Labor)
  • Help young homebuyers save their first deposit, dropping what they need to just 5%
  • Keep the loopholes closed to stop multinationals shipping profits offshore (which Labor didn't support)
  • Deliver 83% local content on the massive Shoalwater Bay Training Area Expansion project
  • Keep our borders secure
  • Continue to deliver better roads, lower taxes, and more jobs
  • Continue to fund major job-creating projects
  • All this without increasing taxes

Capricornia spending promises:

  • $20 million to 1,000 seat Convention Centre at Yeppoon
  • $10 million to kick-start Urannah Dam
  • $10,000,000 to build the Rockhampton Art Gallery
  • $12,000,000 to Dr Gomes' Heart of Australia service coming to Sarina
  • $2,000,000 to PCYC Rockhampton youth crime prevention programme
  • $2,100,000 to help better co-ordinate welfare services in Rockhampton
  • $50,000 to upgrade Finch Hatton Emergency Airstrip
  • $20,000 for Emu Park Surf Lifesavers to refurbish and upgrade their clubhouse facilities
  • $2,500 for the Mill Gallery Yeppoon to help improve their great shop on Normanby St.
  • $330,000 for two new netball courts for Capricorn Coast Netball Association at their Barmaryee home
  • $20,000 for upgrades to the Capricorn Coast Volunteer Coast Guard's Rosslyn Harbour base
  • $675,000 for funding for 3 traffic black spots in CQ
  • $300,000 to build new pens for the Koorana Crocodile Farm
  • $146,200 to upgrade lighting at Swan Park, home of the Yeppoon Swans
  • Unknown spend between Gracemere and North Rockhampton as part of $254 million to Mt Isa to Yeppoon corridor
  • Unknown spend in Rockhampton for $30 million for School of Mining and Manufacturing (based in Rockhampton and Gladstone)

16 pledges totalling = $74.14 million (Including $16.5 million extra for Yeppoon Rd duplication)

Ms Landry has committing to the follow projects - some of which have funding already allocated by the government.

These projects include the Rockhampton Ring Road ($800 million), Rookwood Weir ($176 million), South Rocky Flood Levee ($25 million), Yeppoon Rd upgrades ($64 million LNP, $47.5 million from ALP), Beef Australia exposition in May 2021 ($3.9 million) and upgrade to Stanage Bay Rd ($21.6 million) = total $1.09 billion.

Russell Robertson - ALP

ALP's candidate for Capricornia Russell Robertson.
ALP's candidate for Capricornia Russell Robertson. Contributed

"Capricornia faces a decisive choice,” MrRobertson said.

"Voters can choose more of the same, or they can elect a Labor government that has a clear vision for Australia and the central Queensland region.

"As part of a Shorten Labor government I will work tirelessly to restore dignity and security of employment in work; to restore penalty rates and stem the tide of casualisation, labour hire and imported labour.

"Only a Labor member in Capricornia can guarantee the upgrade of road infrastructure long neglected, and the delivery of improved health and hospital services, free childcare for low and middle income families, and increased education funding.

"Only a vote for Russell Robertson and Labor will deliver a new manufacturing hub in Rockhampton, creating secure jobs for our region's blue collar workers, funding for new TAFE places with modernised teaching equipment and the revitalisation of community and sporting infrastructure.

"Only a Shorten Labor government will ensure that your medical needs depend on your Medicare card, not the limit on your credit card - and back that up with initiatives including our plan to make cancer treatment and diagnostics more affordable, and extend free dental care to our age pensioners. It's time for change. Vote Labor.”

Campaign promises:

  • Restoration of penalty rates within the first 100 days
  • A clear path for casual workers to convert to full time, secure employment
  • Tougher policing of dodgy labour hire agreements and sham contracting
  • Local procurement, employment and training requirements for big projects
  • Capricornia's share of 100,000 new free TAFE places
  • Free dental care of up to $1000 every two years for pensioners
  • A surplus budget
  • Closing tax loopholes for multinationals
  • Supporting first home buyers with a 5 per cent mortgage deposit scheme
  • Free child care for families earning up to $69,000, and improved subsidies above that income level
  • Increased funding for local schools
  • Reversing the cuts to public health and education
  • $2.3 billion national cancer package to cover cost of scans and other expenses
  • $25 million regional smart hubs investment
  • $245 million regional communications package

Capricornia spending promises:

  • $25 million to transform and rejuvenate Great Keppel Island
  • $16.5 million for refurbishment and modernisation of Sarina hospital
  • $15 million to restore the Rockhampton rail workshop as a manufacturing hub
  • $11.1 million to build a new Cardiac Theatre at Rockhampton Hospital
  • $8.2 million refurbishment of mental health ward at Rockhampton hospital
  • $2.95 million for upgrade of the Clermont saleyards and show ground precinct
  • $2 million to address Sarina Beach black spots
  • $1 million for report to investigate Rockhampton Airport upgrade
  • $1.5 million new funding for CQ Livestock Centre of Excellence
  • $800,000 upgrade of Moranbah Eastern Sporting Precinct
  • $500,000 for new and improved facilities for Capricorn Coast surf lifesaving
  • $2 million for highway planning
  • Unknown spend in Rockhampton for $2.2 million funding for CQU TAFE upgrade and equipment (for Rockhampton, Mackay, Gladstone and Emerald)

13 pledges totalling = $86.55 million

Mr Robertson has committing to the follow projects - some of which have funding already allocated by the government.

These projects include the Rockhampton Ring Road ($800 million), Rookwood Weir ($176 million), South Rocky Flood Levee ($25 million), Yeppoon Rd upgrades ($64 million LNP, $47.5 million from ALP), Beef Australia exposition in May 2021 ($3.9 million) and upgrade to Stanage Bay Rd ($21.6 million) = total $1.09 billion.

Wade Rothery - One Nation

One Nation candidate for Capricornia Wade Rothery.
One Nation candidate for Capricornia Wade Rothery. Allan Reinikka ROK130319arothery

"Voters have a right to have lost faith in both major parties at this election. One Nation will focus on four key issues that will rebalance the prosperity and fortunes of Capricornia, while assisting with infrastructure projects that look beyond the next few election cycles,” MrRothery said.

"Net migration levels must be cut from 271,700 each year to just 75,000. Electricity is our second most important issue affecting employment, and the viability of so many businesses and households throughout the region.

"Protecting our environment is essential, but when Australia's chief scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, gave evidence that stated shutting down coal-fired power stations would have virtually no impact on the world's carbon emissions, politicians should have backed away from demonising coal.

"One Nation is committed to providing a mix of renewable and coal-fired power sources at a rate that will not shut down our economy through the loss of manufacturing and business.

"We must drought-proof Australia by building the Hybrid Bradfield Scheme and conduct a Royal Commission into Family Law which is costing the lives of four men through suicide every day and one woman murdered each week. Your choice this election will have long-lasting effects on Capricornia's future.”

Campaign promises:

  • Maintain 100% support for our coal mining industry and the workers who greatly depend on its future. 
  • Fund $20 million dollars towards the Rocky Sports and Entertainment precinct
  • Call for a Royal Commission into family law
  • Water infrastructure by building the Hybrid Bradfield Scheme which will include Fitzroy gap dam
  • Instead of a bypass rd around Rockhampton use that money to upgrade our poor road standards which will include the Bruce highway between Claireview and Sarina.
  • Low Emission coal fired power station in Collinsville to support our base load electricity  and reduce our ever increasing electricity prices
  • Help our farmers by changing legislation  to the land clearing  laws
  • Focus on decentralization and bring big companies back to Capricornia
  • One Nation has a policy that if you have worked in a casual position but have worked full time hours for a min 6months you have the right to go full time.

Lindsay Sturgeon - United Australia Party

Lindsay Sturgeon is the latest Candidate to join the race for the Capricornia seat in the 2019 federal election.
Lindsay Sturgeon is the latest Candidate to join the race for the Capricornia seat in the 2019 federal election. United Australia Party

Campaign promises:

  • $55 billion on the NBN and it still doesn't work.
  • Stop foreign powers influencing Australian politics.
  • Tax cuts now, not in 2024.
  • Make the interest on home loans tax-deductable.
  • 20 per cent less tax for people living in regional areas.
  • What Australia grows, grows Australia. Support Australian farmers.
  • Invest the trillions of dollars tied up in superannuation to benefit Australia.
  • Slash electricity prices.


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