Second woman stands for Cook at state poll
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”.
Welfare worker Cynthia Lui, pictured right with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, has been endorsed as Labor’s candidate for Cook.