WATCH IT LIVE: Capricornia candidate's debate

CANDIDATES vying for the seat of Capricornia have joined The Morning Bulletin at CQUniversity for a debate covering the biggest issue of the election campaign. 

We'll keep you updated with the latest comments, but you can also watch live here. 

SPEAKER 1: Paul Bambrick is the first candidate to speak, as the candidates will speak in ballot order. 

Mr Bambrick says he leads a quiet life outside election campaigns, working for Greening Australia as a field officer.

He was quick to point out he was "not a radical extremist" and doesn't support farm invasions, but notices a real disconnect between cities and the bush.

Mr Bambrick says younger generations need to be educated so there is a stable transition into a renewable energy economy.

He wants to put all ideas on the table to be discussed on their merits.

SPEAKER 2: Ken Murray is up next. He is a building certifier based in Clermont but working throughout Capricornia.

Mr Murray says he wants to "fix things and help people..

Mr Murray went in to bat for Maxi Bader whose Koongal property was severely flood damaged.

Mr Murray says he has positive views for the future of Capricornia.

He says Capricornia is the most blessed part of Australia. Although running against her, Mr Murray applauded the work of Capricornia incombent Ms Landry to improve southern approach to Clermont. 

SPEAKER 3: Michelle Landry says it has been an honour to serve the region. 

She believes it has really been achieved and found its place on the map. 

Ms Landry says she has brought in billions in infrastructure and is proudest of the funding for Rookwood Weir. 

She believes it will be the secret to success for region, bringing in $1 billion in agriculture and more than 2000 jobs.

Ms Landry also wants to focus on dams and western roads. 

She says she is fighting for coal. 

SPEAKER 4: Russell Robertson is a coal miner who says he wants to make sure his son, who followed him into the industry, has a stable career. 

He wanted to address casualisation, but is focused on improving education and health. 

Mr Robertson says he has listened and spoken to people, with about 10,000 door knocks, thousands of phone calls and 130,000km on the road.

"I want to deliver for all sectors and all people," he says. 

SPEAKER 5: Wade Rothery says people have "had a gutful" and are therefore voting in droves in the pre-polling.

Mr Rothery says he wants to help with cost of living, reduce power prices and help people get jobs. 

He wants to see Adani go ahead and accused Labor of not being clear about their position.

Mr Rothery said the Bradfield Scheme featuring the Fitzroy Gap Dam was his priority to generate 12,000 jobs.

COST OF LIVING IN CAPRICORNIA. WHAT POLICIES ARE NEEDED TO REVERSE THE TREND?

GREENS: Mr Bambrick says the regions are starved of money. "We will build 500,00 new homes to provide like the government used to do years ago," he says. Mr Bambrick says The Greens support a living wage and helping people contribute.

INDEPENDENT: Mr Murray says income tax, high electricity costs, casualisation and low incomes squeeze and costs expand. There needs to be an energy rebate for families and water rebate for pensioners and need to keep rates down. He supports raising the tax thresholds and creating more apprenticeships. 

LNP: Ms Landry says local families are doing tough, so they are getting a tax rebate. She says power prices too high and we need more competition. She supports a coal fired power station in Collinsville. She was critical of the cost of emissions reduction and electric cars in the region. She is passionate about helping people in the regions.

ALP: Mr Robertson supports a return of penalty rates. He says a living wage is needed to avoid poverty and living in "modern slavery". Casualisation is a huge problem that needs to be addressed. He says people need permanency in their employment. He also plans to crack down on job loop holes. 

ONE NATION: Mr Rothery thinks the answer isn't giving away more money. He says we need to drop the prices. Need to build infrastructure, fix the roads and grassroots and work your way up. Drop the taxes. They are creating more taxes and it is making it harder for us.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO REDUCE POWER PRICES? 

GREENS: Mr Bambrick says hidden taxes are charged on power bills. The Greens will set up public energy supplier to create competition. He says the government needs to innovate with renewables to take advantage of the trend.

INDEPENDENT: Queensland is the energy provider for the country. Mr Murray discussed being on the leading edge of solar power and says it is "common sense" to build more. He says we should expand more and they pay us, costs come down and it goes back to the consumer. Mr Murray says we need to invest more into infrastructure.

LNP: Ms Landry called for "big stick" legislation to come down on the electricity providers. She says their money is not coming back into the system. They've put money into feasibility study into a coal fired power station, and found coal and gas is cheapest. Ms Landry supports renewables and having them in the mix with coal backing it up.

ALP: Mr Robertson says it's about having a mix. He believes in gas and coal for baseload to supplement solar projects and wind projects. Plan to not sell power assets. Need to stimulate wages to go up with power prices.

ONE NATION: Mr Rothery says we need to make renewables reliable. Big supporter of HELE coal-fired power. He questioned why we have one power supplier while south east Queensland had multiple to provide competition.

HOW WILL YOU HELP PENSIONERS WHO DON'T HAVE SUPERANNUATION?

GREENS: Mr Bambrick supports a review of the pension. He says we need to make sure pensioners have the support they need including addressing the retirement age and free dental.

INDEPENDENT: Mr Murray says a rise for the pension is overdue. 

LNP: Ms Landry says "I'm totally for a rise. It has gone up $117 since I took government." She says the government has needed to tighten the belt. She says pensioners are now allowed to do more work without affecting their pensions. She says a strong economy will help that pension increase.

ALP: "We're announced a review in view of raising it". Mr Robertson says Labour has also put forward a dental plan. He accused the LNP of raising the retirement age and says the strong economy hasn't delivered.

ONE NATION: "We want to increase the pension $150, but we've also got the veterans and the homeless sleeping without shelter." He said we need to look after our own before giving foreign aid to others.

HOW SHOULD WE FUTURE-PROOF OUR ECONOMY BY DIVERSIFYING IT?

GREENS: Mr Bambrick says "we need plans, need a broad universal system". He says we need to protect workers, move away from reliance on concrete and mines. He says we need to act on climate change and embrace education and technology.

INDEPENDENT: Mr Murray says we need better infrastructure on western roads. He says tar sealing roads carrying 3500 cattle trucks could help immensely. 

LNP: Ms Landry says infrastructure was the key to build the future economy. She wants some major water projects including Rookwood, plus the Keppel Bay Sailing Club convention centre realised. "We need to diversify". Ms Landry talked up free trade agreements supporting local agriculture.

ALP: Mr Robertson says education is the way forward. He says massive amounts had been cut from the education system and a loss of apprenticeships which he wished to remedy. He was supportive of coal, particularly metallurgical coal. He supported agriculture projects including ethanol and biofuels.

ONE NATION: Mr Rothery says, "I'm all for boosting our education system". A huge overhaul needs to be done. He says we rely on cattle, cane, coal and tourism. One Nation wants to build the Hybrid gap dam. "Don't put what we rely on under threat."

HOW WILL YOU DEAL WITH SOCIAL INJUSTICE?

GREENS: He said the situation in Biloela, where a local family were deported was disgraceful. He called for the criminal justice system to be reworked. Mr Bambrick wanted to see the over-represenation of indigenous people in prisons adjusted.

INDEPENDENT: Mr Murray says he likes to fix things that are wrong. He says there's a difference between the letter of the law and spirit of the law. "Why can't we be big hearted and be kind?". Mr Murray voiced his support for traditional owner's fight against Adani.

LNP: Ms Landry says there are a lot of kids in distress and pointed to a new LNP policy announced today. She talked up her party's plan for a community hub to learn English and skills. She says there's ice programs and a need to educate women who use drugs and alcohol need education.

ALP: He says there have been projects announced to help people in jeopardy. He says they have announced reviews into pension and New Start allowance. Mr Robertson says we need to be more caring than the current government.

ONE NATION: Mr Rothery wasn't prepared for this question, but says One Nation wants to bring community together. He says we need drug rehab centres and to focus on indigenous programs to help those struggling.

WHAT HAVE YOU FOUND TO BE THE BIGGEST ISSUE OF THE CAMPAIGN IN CAPRICORNIA? 

GREENS: Mr Bambrick says it is climate change and drought-stricken places by a "country mile" He talked about the Gracemere evacuation and how it was a symptom of climate change and threat it posed. He says inaction is estimated to cost $130 billion per year if we don't act. He says The Greens plan to transition workers to clean jobs, free education and Tafe.

INDEPENDENT: Mr Murray says shrinking income and casualisation is a real worry. He says people can't get a bank loan. "It's a race to the bottom, turning Australia into a slave population," he says. Miners pay huge taxes and slipping off roads and hitting pot holes on dodgy roads. 

LNP: Ms Landry says jobs and cost of living are big issues. She says land clearing laws brought in by the state government are a concern for farmers if brought in on a national level by the Labor party. Ms Landry says the government had legislation to address casualisation in parliament in the week before the election was called.

ALP: Mr Robertson says casualisation has been the biggest issue, followed by cost of living. He described it as modern slavery. He says cost of living is going up, but wages were not keeping up. He says profits are not being shared around from the hard work. 

ONE NATION: Mr Rothery took a different approach to this question, saying he wanted to talk about family law. He proposed a royal commission into family law. 

HOW CAN WE ENCOURAGE AND ASSIST NEW BUSINESSES?

GREENS: "We're starved for income, we need to offer good support for workers." Mr Bambrick says improving the bottom line for businesses. Greens vow to legislate a better deal for smaller players.

INDEPENDENT: Mr Murray says he supports the use of seed funding and the dole to support people starting businesses which would be monitored. He applauded the government's innovation funding and said people needed to know more.

LNP: Ms Landry says the LNP was dropping the business tax rate from 30 per cent to 25 per cent. She talked up the instant asset write up. "You've to shop local and support your local contractors and businesses, not going to the big chains."

ALP: Mr Robertson says education is important. He says there was 100,000 free Tafe positions which would take the cost imposed off businesses and assists to make money. He says there are funds to help businesses get up off the ground and stop them from being squeezed out by big business with regulations.

ONE NATION: Mr Rothery says businesses need to get people through the doors. He supports the sports and entertainment precinct at Victoria Parade and the Jardine Park sporting complex. "I want to focus on supporting infrastructure." He says this is more important than the Ring Road. 

WOULD YOU SUPPORT RELOCATING MILITARY PERSONNEL TO ROCKHAMPTON?

GREENS: Mr Bambrick says decentralisation is a key platform because the Greens believe we need the revenue in the regions. He says we need to improve NBN, raise New Start and need to capitalise on the renewable energy future.

INDEPENDENT: Mr Murray says we need to be considered a remote area with government subsidies and support people getting into houses. He says we need to keep cost of airfares down and need a reduction in excise tax for flights into remote and regional area.

LNP: Ms Landry says The Nationals decentralisation minister Bridget McKenzie is in Rockhampton tomorrow (although she walked into the debate not long after this answer). "Defence has a 10 year plan but I'll continue to lobby for a battalion here," she says. Ms Landry says she got 80 per cent local content for works on Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area. She says she will be keeping an eye on the contract and wants to get government businesses here.

ALP: Need large infrastructure projects to bring work and prosperity and increased facilities. He supported funding local education and health facilities. The NBN needs to be fixed. Very supportive of a military battalion moving here.

ONE NATION: Mr Rothery says it's shocking that it's cheaper to buy takeaway than to make a roast. He says we need to build infrastructure, including The Gap damn, sports and entertainment precinct, and roads.



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