LNP wants to base a senator in Wide Bay region
AN LNP senator will be based in the greater Wide Bay region if the party is successful in having three Queensland senators elected to Parliament.
LNP Senate candidate Matthew Canavan and Hinkler candidate Keith Pitt unveiled the plan in Hervey Bay on Tuesday.
Mr Canavan said the LNP was the only party planning to have a senator based in the region.
"This is the first time in living memory that any party has said to Wide Bay 'yes, you deserve to have a senator based here', and it clearly shows our commitment to the region and the people who live here," Mr Canavan said.
"The region is home to crucial industries and some tremendous communities that rely on agriculture, tourism, fishing and small business.
"It is the perfect base for one of our senators, and it will give the Wide Bay even more firepower in Federal Parliament.
"The Senate is meant to counter the concentration of political power that exists in the cities.
"However, 8 in 10 senators now live in capital cities, even though a third of Australians live outside them.
"The LNP is committed to living in regional Australia, listening to regional Australia and delivering for regional Australia.
"A vote for the LNP in the Senate is a vote for greater representation for this region in Parliament."
Mr Pitt said if elected, he would welcome a senate colleague based in the region and nominated Hervey Bay as a good location for an office.
"The Hervey Bay region has it all, and plenty of potential for the future, so it is certainly in the mix for consideration," Mr Pitt said.
"It is a growth hotspot and is filled with businesses eager to get on with building a brighter future for us all.
"The Fraser Coast has a growing population, and an LNP senator would add to the great representation we already have with Warren Truss, Ted Sorensen, Jack Dempsey, Stephen Bennett, Anne Maddern and David Gibson.
"If I am fortunate enough to be elected to represent Hinkler, it would mean even more could be delivered for our region in terms of better roads, infrastructure and jobs.
"If the LNP secures three Queensland Senators at this election, this region will be a real engine room for a change for the better."