Police question One Nation candidate about Brisbane trip
ONE Nation candidate for Keppel Wade Rothery was questioned by police following a complaint that he travelled to Brisbane in the past seven days.
The complaint was quickly dismissed when police learned that Mr. Rothery was required to attend a neurosurgeon appointment following a mining injury.
"The police were very good about the situation and apologised for the false information they were given," Mr. Rothery said.
He could understand the concern given the city was on high alert following an aged care nurse testing positive to COVID-19 after a trip to Brisbane for medical purposes.
"I understand the need for vigilance, but there's also a necessity for people to stay calm as we progressively open our state and economy back up," he said.
"Rockhampton has a great hospital, but it doesn't service all of the health needs of Central Queensland which is why thousands of people from across the region are required to travel to Brisbane for treatment."
The coronavirus has backlogged more than 400,000 elective surgery cases across Australia and again highlights the inefficiencies of regional hospitals that are unable to deal with many of the ailments.
During last year's Federal Election campaign, Mr Rothery told The Morning Bulletin he was managing discomfort from neck injuries.
While calling for a dormant section of The Hub in Yeppoon to be repurposed into a call centre last month, Mr Rothery revealed that a mining incident had left him with an amputated thumb and crushed vertebra.
The injuries have prevented his return to the industry, forcing him to pursue alternative work.
Late today, One Nation's Rockhampton candidate Torin O'Brien told The Morning Bulletin he had also encountered the police.
"I've just had police at my gym shortly after Wade was reported for travel," Mr O'Brien said.
"I have opened my outdoor area of my gym with strict rules according to current laws.
"Neither of us have breached any rules but it certainly appears as if we've been specifically targeted."