Minor parties are keen to rattle Warren Truss’s cage

TAKING on a long-term MHR, frontbencher and former minister is a daunting prospect in a conservative electorate.

But some of the minor party candidates - particularly those backed by high-profile leaders - enthusiastically accepted the challenge and engaged the Fraser Coast community.

Local issues loomed large in readers' responses and some of the party's promises reflected that.

As in Hinkler, PUP and KAP candidates backed the Fraser Coast Opportunity plans for local infrastructure, LNP did not and ALP supported them without a dollar commitment.

Their affect on Mr Truss's strong hold on the seat remains to be seen.

Steve Anderson, PUP

Home town: Maryborough

Background: Real estate agent, Rotarian.

Passionate about: His home town, Maryborough Hospital, small business.

Key promises:

  • Support for Fraser Coast infrastructure projects
  • Protect Maryborough hospital
  • Abolish and refund all the carbon tax
  • Cut red tape for business

John Chapman, Family First

Home town: Tewantin

Background: Business consultant.

Passionate about: Community activities, family issues.

Key promises:

  • Divert public finance from government to families
  • Restore family values (Did not attend the Chronicle's election forum.)

Gordon Dale, Katter's Australia Party

Home town: Maryborough

Background: Postman, diesel fitter, grocer.

Passionate about: Protecting small business in global market.

Key promises:

  • Support for Fraser Coast infrastructure projects
  • Cheaper electricity
  • Fight the market dominance of major supermarket chains

Grace Dickins, Rise Up Australia

Home town: Caboolture

Background: Nursing, mission work.

Passionate about: Lobbying against laws opposed to the Judeo-Christian way of life.

Key promises:

  • Unknown (Did not attend the Chronicle's election forum or take up our offer of editorial space)

Joy Ringrose, Greens

Home town: Pomona

Background: Maths/science teacher; running a family business.

Passionate about: Peace movement, education, protection of environment, resources and local manufacturing.

Key promises:

  • Increase Newstart and parenting payments
  • Support for long-term industries
  • Reinstate Maryborough hospital services
  • Reduce market share of major supermarket chains

Lucy Stanton, ALP

Home town: Boreen Point

Background: Software business.

Passionate about: Strong economy, education, disability care, National Broadband Network.

Key promises:

  • Support for Fraser Coast infrastructure projects, no commitment to funding
  • Replace carbon tax with emissions trading scheme
  • Strong funding for public hospitals

Warren Truss, LNP

Home town: Maryborough

Background: Third-generation farmer. Federal Parliamentary Leader of The Nationals. Former Federal Minister, now Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.

Passionate about: Strong regional representation and development; carbon tax, opposing Labor.

Key promises:

  • $1 million to upgrade Old Toogoom Road, $3.75 million for River Heads Rd
  • Improvements to Bruce Hwy
  • No guaranteed support for Fraser Coast infrastructure projects
  • $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund
  • Suspend and review marine park areas


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