Member for Bundaberg Jack Dempsey. Photo: Mike Knott/NewsMail
Member for Bundaberg Jack Dempsey. Photo: Mike Knott/NewsMail

Labor's lack of love for Bundy

THE Labor Party is still tellingly absent in the Bundaberg electorate, despite being in the dying days before Premier Anna Bligh will be forced to call an election.

The absence has been made even more noticeable by the Liberal National Party kicking off its official state campaign and rumours are rife about a February 18 poll.

Ms Bligh has until March 21 to visit the Governor and dissolve parliament.

But the ALP is still yet to name a candidate for Bundaberg, held by the LNP's Jack Dempsey, despite the region being a traditional stronghold for Labor.

ALP Queensland branch officer Peter Shooter told the NewsMail the party would definitely run a candidate in the upcoming election.

"There is some interest in the seat," he said.

Mr Shooter said the party had been talking to "a number of people" since the "second half of last year".

In August last year, ALP state secretary Anthony Chisholm said no nominations had been received for the seat.

Mr Shooter yesterday refused to confirm how many people the party was talking to, but he did say some were from the Bundaberg area while others were from outside the electorate.

"It is just the mechanisms of going through our process before we endorse a candidate," he said.

Mr Shooter said the party's administration committee was set to meet in mid-February and hopefully endorse a candidate then.

"We realise that time is getting tight but we have to go through our processes," he said.

Member for Bundaberg Jack Dempsey said he was "more than confident" the ALP would have a candidate for Bundaberg by the time the election was called.

But he said the delay in getting a candidate had not changed his approach to the upcoming election.

"People are wanting a change," he said.

"What we need to do is to make sure the Labor Government doesn't get any sympathy votes."

No other candidates have come forward for the seat.

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