Katter won't sell off assets
SELLING the remaining 35% of Queensland Rail won't happen if Katter's Australian Party gets its way.
That was the pitch yesterday from the party's state leader Aidan McLindon at a press conference in Rockhampton.
"We want to assure the people of the region that we are here to stand up for the workers," he said while flanked by Keppel candidate Luke Hargreaves and Rockhampton candidate Shane Guley at the QR depot in Bolsover St.
"The old-style ALP and Country Party are dead; we have taken up the values that those parties used to hold and are bringing voters a real alternative to this election."
Mr Guley, who is a former QR employee, said he wanted to assure voters that jobs within the industry would be safe if the Australian Party was elected.
"I spent 16 years working for those guys, and I was always told that if we voted Labor, our jobs would be safe.
"Well that's certainly not the case today and we want the remaining workers at QR to know that the Australian Party will be fighting to ensure they keep their jobs," Mr Guley said.
Mr McLindon explained that the party had a "20-year plan" to build the country's economy.
"One of our main priorities is a mandate on ethanol (for fuel).
"The increased production, we predict, will bring about 30,000 jobs to the State from the Sunshine Coast to Cairns."
Mr McLindon visited a number of locations with the candidates including Emu Park, Yeppoon and various spots around Rockhampton before driving to Gladstone last night.