Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has today unveiled her Gold Coast army ready to do battle for Labor in next year’s state election.
The Premier made the surprise announcement alongside the three eager new candidates at a snap press conference in Carrara on Friday.
“The next election is just over a year away and I want to make sure that I have strong local Labor candidates here to back up Meaghan Scanlon who’s doing a great job as the member for Gaven… So today I am very pleased to announce a strong and dynamic group of community champions joining my team,” the Premier said.
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Local nurse Chris Johnson, who works at the Gold Coast University Hospital, has been revealed as the party’s Coomera candidate, while Queensland Parents and Citizens Association president Kaylee Campradt has been preselected in Currumbin.
Meanwhile, former Federal candidate Tracey Bell will contest for Theodore, which includes the booming suburb of Oxenford.
The early education centre director says she is passionate about advocating for better conditions for workers.
“I care about creating local jobs and fighting for fair pay for local workers,” Ms Bell said.
Such a pleasure to launch Gold Coast @QLDLabor candidates with @AnnastaciaMP & @meaghan_scanlon at Carrara. It’s time for the Goldie to have an effective team who fight every day for the GC @Chris4Coomera Tracey Bell & Kaylee Campradt pic.twitter.com/d5NMUHlGNW
— Mark Bailey MP (@MarkBaileyMP) October 25, 2019
Ms Campradt, who has lived on the southern Gold Coast for most of her life, says she’s committed to helping local schools capitalise on Labor’s strong focus on Education.
“As a local mum, it’s great to see Labor’s investment in schools, with $12.1 million for the learning centre at Palm Beach Currumbin State High School.
“This is a project close my heart – I studied there and it’s where my daughter attends school now. The Gold Coast is a growing area and our kids needs the additional classrooms, facilities, and teachers to ensure they get the best start to life.”
Mr Johnson says it’s his priority to ensure the Gold Coast health care sector is looked after.
“Labor has delivered a record health budget on the Gold Coast with almost $1.6 billion being invested into health care in 2019-20 and a new surgical ward opening at the Gold Coast University Hospital,” he said.
“I saw first-hand how devastating the LNP cuts were to our local health care sector, with cuts to local doctors and nurses. Taking care of people when they’re most in need of help is part of Labor’s DNA.
“The Gold Coast needs fresh faces in Queensland’s Parliament. If we’re to fire on all cylinders in the next decade, it’s crucial that we have stronger voices representing our region’s interests.”
☀️ We’re on the beautiful Gold Coast and have just announced our first Labor candidates for the next state election! Tracey Bell in Theodore, Kaylee Campradt in Currumbin and Chris Johnson in Coomera. They are community champions, totally committed to the GC. ☀️#qldpol pic.twitter.com/GzN9lgAnj9
— Queensland Labor (@QLDLabor) October 25, 2019
At the moment, Gaven MP Meaghan Scanlon is the only Labor representative on the Gold Coast, which has an evident LNP stronghold.
“The Gold Coast is a growing area with growing needs that need strong representation locally,” the Premier said. “The region deserves better then what the LNP are providing and that’s exactly what Tracey, Kaylee and Chris will provide.
“Imagine what we could achieve if we had even more Labor Gold Coast voices in State Parliament, fighting for their communities like the member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon.”
The 2020 State Election is scheduled to take place on Saturday 31st October.