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Bundaberg pollies playing tit for tat

A POLITICAL shake-up could result in new faces in both Burnett and Bundaberg seats after the Queensland Premier Campbell Newman calls an early election.

Former federal candidate, Labor's Leanne Donaldson takes on LNP Member for Bundaberg and Police Minister Jack Dempsey.

And while Mr Dempsey is still trying to get the first plane back from a holiday in Ireland, Ms Donaldson has sprung into into campaign mode.

"We have a clear choice at this election between Labor, which has a clear plan for jobs and job creation," she said.

"Or another LNP government that will sell assets which leads to more job cuts and higher electricity prices."

Ms Donaldson said she had a strong focus on job creation and security, "particularly here in Bundaberg where we have an unemployment rate that is over the state average and rising."

"And particularly a youth unemployment rate which is approaching 20%, which is completely unacceptable."

Ms Donaldson felt Mr Dempsey did not spend much time in his electorate.

"I think Jack Dempsey spends more time in Brisbane and has done nothing to represent the interests of Bundaberg," she said.

But Mr Dempsey refuted the claim.

"I've always put the people of Bundaberg first and am determined to continue to make Bundaberg the best place in Queensland to live, work and raise a family," he said.

"Crime is down, our hospital wait times are among the best in the country, and our quality school teachers and staff are finally getting the support they need to enrich our future citizens."

Mr Dempsey said there was more work to be done and the LNP had "the only plan" that would create jobs for youth and continue to build Bundaberg business.

"Labor has had three years to come up with policies that will create jobs for Bundaberg but they have sat on their hands and wasted the opportunity while we've got on with the job of building a stronger and safer Bundaberg."

Over in Bargara, LNP Member for Burnett Steve Bennett was unsure if he would face a serious challenge to hold his seat but welcomed the competition.

"Everyone should be challenged - I think that's part of democracy," he said.

"I think it's important that people get an alternate view and get to ask their candidates, particularly Labor, about their previous mismanagement.

"We've done a lot of hard work and we want Queenslanders to continue to give us their support."

Radiographer Brian Mustill confirmed to the NewsMail late today that he was running for the seat of Burnett as a Labor candidate.

Mr Mustill said working in health he was "so disappointed" at the policies bought in by the LNP that were impacting he and his colleagues work.

But Mr Mustill was tight lipped about what more than that he might be campaigning until he spoke to the community.

"I need to know what the Burnett electorate needs, it's such a big electorate," he said.

Mr Mustill moved from the United Kingdom in 2003 where he served 16 years in local goverment, with four successful elections.

Topics:  queensland election 2015



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