LNP yet to name candidate
WHILE the LNP has most of its team in place across Queensland for an expected federal election this year, a party spokeswoman yesterday wasn’t committing to when a Capricornia candidate would be installed.
The spokeswoman said there had been plenty of interest with a number of candidates expressing their intentions to stand, however at this stage no-one had been endorsed.
“Obviously an election will be held and we think this could be as late as October or November,” the party spokeswoman said.
“Nominations are open across a range of seats and we don’t have a set time frame.”
She said Capricornia was one of a small number of Queensland electorates where a candidate hadn’t yet been selected.
The party sees the government’s proposed Carbon Emissions Trading Scheme, health and what is says was undelivered funding, promised before the last election, to upgrade the Bruce Highway as the key issues for the Capricornia region.
Labor’s Kirsten Livermore has been the Member of Capricornia since 1998.
“I have been saying for the past 10 years that the Nationals and now the LNP, have abandoned Capricornia,” Ms Livermore said.
“Sadly this is still the case as proved by the fact that The Morning Bulletin had to contact some anonymous person in Brisbane to comment on what the LNP is doing in Central Queensland.
“But I’m sure they will find someone to have a go at me.
“We can only wait and see.”
Capricornia covers an area of approximately 92,889 sq km from Collinsville in the north, the Capricorn Coast in the east and the Shire of Belyando in the west.
Colin Burke will contest Flynn, while George Christenson will battle it out for the Mackay-based Dawson electorate.
Both seats are currently held by Labor.