MP hits back at union claims

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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.”

PHOTO: SI­MON YOUNG

Mem­ber for Bund­aberg Jack Dempsey.

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