MP hits back at union claims
MEMBER for Bundaberg Jack Dempsey has struck back at union claims the LNP has failed voters in the region by cutting jobs in health care and leasing state-owned assets.
Queensland Council of Unions president John Battams visited Bundaberg yesterday to unveil a campaign to unseat Mr Dempsey in the next election.
“The government’s own figures show that more than 340 jobs have been stripped from health in the Wide Bay region, including risk management positions from Bundaberg Hospital,” Mr Battams said.
“LNP plans to lease public assets like Ergon rather than sell them will still result in the closure of local depots in places like Childers, Gin Gin and Monto, as well as major changes in Bundaberg.
“The uncertainty around these jobs is already crippling local economies in these areas.
“The message here in Bundaberg, as in the rest of the state, is to put the LNP last.”
Mr Dempsey said for a new government, there had been a large number of changes so far in Bundaberg.
“From health, education and law enforcement, as well as obviously the community side, and there is certainly more to come,” Mr Dempsey said.
“But at the end of the day it’s about the people of Bundaberg, not a group of union fat cats and Labor hierarchy in Brisbane dictating to the people of Bundaberg.”
Mr Dempsey said it was a great privilege to represent the people of Bundaberg.
“I continue to work every hour and every day to keep listening to the people of Queensland,” he said. “There is only one poll that counts, and that is on election day.”
Member for Bundaberg Jack Dempsey.