Sec­ond woman stands for Cook at state poll

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Daniel Bateman

LA­BOR’S freshly en­dorsed can­di­date for the seat of Cook will get to work earn­ing back vot­ers’ trust ahead of the next state elec­tion.

Cairns-based so­cial worker Cyn­thia Lui will be run­ning for the Far North­ern seat af­ter win­ning ALP pre­s­e­lec­tion over for­mer Aus­tralian of the Year, Ta­nia Ma­jor.

Ms Lui will be up against for­mer Cook Shire Coun­cil deputy mayor Penny John­son who is run­ning for the LNP.

Cur­rent in­de­pen­dent MP Billy Gor­don has yet to an­nounce whether he is re­con­test­ing his seat.

Ms Lui, who orig­i­nated from Yam Is­land in the Tor­res Strait, said she wanted to be a strong voice, par­tic­u­larly for in­dige­nous peo­ple.

“You need some­one with a stronger knowl­edge and un­der­stand­ing of the elec­torate,” she said.

Mr Gor­don’s three-year stint as an in­de­pen­dent MP has been mired by scan­dals in­volv­ing drink driv­ing, sex­ting and al­legedly fail­ing to pay child sup­port.

The for­mer La­bor mem­ber was dumped by the party within a few weeks of be­ing elected af­ter fail­ing to dis­close his crim­i­nal record.

Ms Lui said she would have to work hard to earn back voter trust.

“I think for the La­bor Party now, it’s about hav­ing some­one who’s go­ing up there on a pos­i­tive note to win back the trust of Cook,” she said.

The child pro­tec­tion worker said the key is­sues she wanted to ad­dress in­cluded ed­u­ca­tion and em­ploy­ment in the re­gion.

“We need to make sure that the es­sen­tial ser­vices are adequately sup­port­ing peo­ple’s needs and de­mands,” she said.

“Em­ploy­ment is also a big one and I want to im­prove em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties across the whole of Cook.”

Queens­land Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk said Ms Lui would be a tena­cious ad­vo­cate for Cook res­i­dents.

Ms Ma­jor, who was thought to have been the fron­trun­ner for en­dorse­ment for the seat, said she was proud to sup­port the “highly tal­ented and qual­i­fied can­di­date”.

Pic­ture: JACK TRAN

Wel­fare worker Cyn­thia Lui, pic­tured right with Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk, has been en­dorsed as La­bor’s can­di­date for Cook.

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