Past haunts Hinkler hopeful

Belinda McNeven.
Belinda McNeven.

LABOR Party candidate Belinda McNeven officially took leave from her duties as a Fraser Coast councillor on Tuesday to concentrate on her bid to unseat the long-time Member for Hinkler Paul Neville in next month's Federal election.

Her first day off work proved anything but a holiday however, as a ghost from councils past sneaked up in the form of Jan Rohozinksi.

The former Hervey Bay councillor, who served alongside Ms McNeven up to 2006, recalled how Ms McNeven had publicly called for her to step down as a councillor after she announced her intention to run for state government and contest the seat of Hervey Bay.

“From the time I announced I would run, councillor McNeven repeatedly urged me to resign from council and expressed her personal view that it was unethical and impossible for a candidate for parliament to maintain their position as councillor,” Ms Rohozinksi said

Ms McNeven said she could not recall whether she had used those words but admitted her opinion on many things had changed in the past four years.

“I've changed my view on how often I eat tofu,” Ms McNeven said.

“I didn't eat tofu four years ago and I eat tofu regularly now.”

When asked if she thought her campaigning was getting in the way of her council duties Ms McNeven said she would be taking four weeks' leave.

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