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Capricornia candidates make last pitch for your vote

CANDIDATES in the seat of Capricornia outline their final message to voters.

Peter Freeleagus, ALP:

LABOR policies are at work throughout Capricornia.

At Rockhampton Hospital, our funding of $85 million is helping create a state-of-the-art Cancer Care Centre.

On the Bruce Highway, we are raising the South Yeppen Bridge so floods don't cut off the city.

In our local schools, new school halls and Trade Training Centres are giving our kids the best facilities in which to learn.

Along our local streets, fibre-optic cable is being rolled out to give business and households a world class broadband network.

Labor saw us through the global financial crisis and only Labor can build a prosperous Central Queensland for the future.

As we go to the polls, Tony Abbott has left us guessing. We still don't know all his planned cuts.

I have a background as a tradesman with mining experience and a life-long commitment to public and community service.

In my five years as Mayor of Belyando Shire, I learned that negotiation and hard work are the best way to progress and action.

A vote for me is a vote for Capricornia's strongest possible future.

Michelle Landry, LNP:

I KNOW it's hard after a campaign this long, but I would like you to put ideas about political parties aside for the moment and think about what type of person you want fighting for you.

Today you are not voting for who will run our country, it's not all about Tony or Kevin - today you are choosing a person to represent our region in Canberra.

If you elect me, I promise I will listen.

I will take on board your ideas and issues and actively do something with the information.

If you elect me, I will be out in the community with you, taking part, because I care about what is going on around me.

My electorate office door will be open and I will be approachable and available.

If you give me your vote today I promise to fight in your corner.

Everyone in Canberra will know what you want.

I am determined to get our fair share so every community in Capricornia can reach its full potential.

I will work hard for you because our region deserves the best.

Paul Bambrick, Greens:

SOCIAL justice, peace and non-violence, environmental sustainability and grassroots democracy; this is the Greens credo.

These values guide me in my quest to make our world a fairer, cleaner, greener, more caring and richer place. Fairer by better taxing and spreading the profits of our mineral wealth, cleaner by protecting Fitzroy Water, putting a price on disposable containers and banning plastic bags, greener by protecting forests and our spectacular Great Barrier Reef, more caring for the elderly and vulnerable, and richer by allowing our kids to reach their full potential with a great education.

I trust that people will see through the fear campaign and show compassion for refugees fleeing horror, and to look beyond the media spin to the policies that will shape a nation.

I have succeeded in this campaign if I have put forward positive ideas and rational debate.

If you honour me with your vote I will work to secure inclusiveness, transparency and accountability in government, and prosperity and happiness for all Capricornians.

It is vital for our democracy that the Greens and independents continue their role in the Senate.

Robbie Williams, Katter's Australia Party:

CRUNCH time is here, it will be up to the voters of Capricornia now to put their candidate of choice in.

We in the KAP have done as much as we can with our limited budget and will represent all areas of the region.

Regardless who gains government we will be working with them for the betterment of Capricornia.

I know the people and I know all the areas, I won't let Capricornia down.

Bruce Diamond, Independent:

IF to you electing your local member is about having someone you feel you know and feels as strong as you do about the things that matter, such as cost-of-living pressures, small business, pensioners, maintaining things like our right to uncontaminated drinking water, taking your kids fishing or crabbing in years to come and local employment, then I ask you to think about how long you have known me, if I have stood my ground in the past to the point of losing my job on issues of importance (radiation oncology).

I also ask you to remember it was the 'Independents' who had the power in this last government (not a party backbencher).

If Abbott has complete control of the Lower House and the Senate then we will have what we now have in QLD, (no effective Opposition), is that what you really want?

Paul Lewis, Rise Up Australia:

I'M grateful to The Morning Bulletin and local media for hosting a good campaign and giving all candidates a fair chance to express concerns and intentions.

It's been a good time for the community to get together and put their voice forward and make their voice known.

All I can say is this is a push for good government and I just pray (today) a good government will prevail that will benefit this region for next three years.

Hazel Alley, Family First:

I'VE been thinking much about what a Federal Member could achieve in Capricornia. One important task, a powerful one, is giving encouragement.

To come alongside people in every community and strengthen their efforts with input and appreciation helps to build hope and character in community life.

We often speak of the needs of rural towns, wondering what can be done to secure their future.

If given the honour of being elected, I see in that an opportunity to help strengthen these communities, and I would suggest three powerful ingredients for progress - positivity, honour, and volunteerism.

To create a positive social climate, we must communicate the need for positive attitudes and speech about our community, other people, and the future.

This is essential for community health, hope, and development. Community is never created out of a critical spirit or negativity.

There is a need to establish a culture of honour, where we uphold the value of thinking and speaking highly of others, including our competitors.

Thirdly, every community needs volunteers. All Australians should be encouraged to serve a good cause.

There is plenty of choice; too, so we can all do something we are interested in.

As citizens, we should not live just for ourselves. Rather, by taking responsibility, getting involved, and serving other people, we help establish values that produce vitality for the community in which we live. 

Derek Ison, Palmer United Party, did not respond for this story.

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