MP is set for May poll
NOTHING is a sure thing in politics, with Maranoa MP David Littleproud not shying away from the fact his government has an uphill battle to be re-elected on May 18.
On the election trail in Emerald yesterday, Mr Littleproud spoke to the Border Post as the clock winds down to election day.
He said he's pleased with his achievements over the last three years.
"I'm proud to say I've been able to secure in excess of $4.7 billion for Maranoa.
"I think it's important that regional seats, in particular, get their fair share.
"If given the opportunity I think it's a good start, $4.7 billion, but I think we deserve a lot more in Maranoa and regional Australia,” he said.
The odds seem stacked against the incumbent government, but the Federal Agriculture Minister isn't reading into it just yet.
"I don't think I'll take my lead from the bookies just yet. There's another four-and-a- half weeks to go.
"I'll acknowledge that at times our discipline hasn't been great but the reality is our delivery over the last three years has been significant.
"A surplus budget for the first time in 12 years. We've got more to do.
"We've got to prosecute that case strongly. I acknowledge where we are.
"But you can do one of two things, get in the foetal position and give up or keep swinging and I'll keep swinging and try convince as many Australians that it's better to be with us than the other mob.
"There is no such thing as a safe seat. The reality is I'll never take for granted the opportunity the people of Maranoa give me.
"I can honestly say I've got nothing more I could have done harder. I've worked as hard as I can and if that's not good enough well then that's obviously in the hands of the people.”
Roads, digital connectivity and Emu Swamp Dam are key priorities for him.
"Water in particular. That's why we've already made a commitment to Emu Swamp Dam. We need the state government to get out of our way.
"The reality is we're ready to go,” he said.
While he'll be darting around the country over the next month, Mr Littleproud has pledged to spend ample time in his own seat ahead of the vote.
"Every week I'll be at some part of Maranoa getting back in and listening to people and understanding their concerns, but also their aspirations.
"I think there's no better time to live in Maranoa. The story of Maranoa is just add some rain”