Senator joins Scott's cause
LNP stalwarts gathered in Federal MP for Maranoa Bruce Scott’s Palmerin Street office yesterday for the official launch of his election campaign.
Armed with political heavyweight Senator George Brandis, the pair assured those in attendance would be taking nothing for granted, despite Maranoa being considered an LNP “safe seat”.
Senator Brandis said four out of the six senators were from Queensland and that votes locally would help defend those senators’ positions.
“It’s quite possible we could hold on to that so the votes need to be as high as possible.”
Mr Scott echoed the sentiment by highlighting the importance of this election and with more and more people moving to the electorate he stressed the effort he would make to attract their vote.
“There are 25,000 people on the electoral role here that haven’t voted before,” he said.
“This shift is changing the face of what might have been considered a very agricultural-based electorate.”
He said on his travels he noticed increasing concern about the economy and over the Labor Party’s treatment of Kevin Rudd.
When asked by the Daily News what he would do for people specifically in Warwick if re-elected, he said he would focus on fixing the economy, as it affected everyone.
Mr Scott said he was also committed to helping young people in regional areas attend university by reducing the criteria for youth allowance.
“Regional youth have to leave home to gain access to university, whereas those in the city can still live at home and attend.
“Education is for everyone. So we have to support those families and students that have to leave home to access university.”
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Federal MP for Maranoa yesterday outlined the following promises for the region if re-elected:
- Establishing community boards to help manage health in the community
- Providing ‘Roads to Recovery’ funding
- Helping youth in regional areas attend university by reducing the criteria for youth allowance