Former diplomat named Labor’s candidate for Mermaid Beach

The Queensland Labor party has unveiled another Gold Coast candidate ahead of the upcoming state election.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced Kevin Rudd’s former foreign affairs adviser Dr Carl Ungerer will contest the seat of Mermaid Beach.

Dr Ungerer served as an Australian diplomat for many years, representing Australia in Fiji and Geneva, and now lives on the southern Gold Coast with his wife Candice and young daughter Heidi.


Premier Palaszczuk said Dr Ungerer would bring an “international perspective” to her team.

“We’re living through one of the most unstable and uncertain times in a century, and Dr Ungerer’s international experience will bring important perspective as we implement our economic recovery plan,” the Premier said.

“Carl’s passion, knowledge, and enthusiasm are welcome additions to our strong and connected team on the Gold Coast.”

Dr Ungerer told myGC he is looking forward to speaking with the community about delivering the state’s plan for economic and job recovery.

“I live on the southern Gold Coast now, after many years I was a diplomat and policy adviser for several Labor leaders including Kevin Rudd, but I’ve come back to the Gold Coast and my interest is in better schools, working for the community and better outcomes for businesses as we unite and recover from the COVID pandemic,” Dr Ungerer said.

He will take on the LNP’s Ray Stevens, who has held the seat since 2009, along with Legalise Cannabis Qld’s Deb Lynch, the Motorists Party’s Suphakan Somsriruen and One Nation’s Stephen James.