Gladstone candidate fires up on abortion
IT WAS no surprise jobs and electricity prices were the two big topics at Gladstone’s Meet the Candidates night, but the topic of abortion also made the agenda.
Only two of the four people running for the seat of Gladstone showed up at Monday night’s event – Labor’s Glenn Butcher and the LNP’s Chay Conaglen, a Rockhampton-based CQUniversity student.
Both candidates acknowledged there was an issue with power prices.
Mr Conaglen blamed the State Government’s renewable energy target and plugged the LNP’s plan to build a new coal-fired power station in North Queensland.
But he was particularly animated when asked a question about abortion from a member of Cherish Life Gladstone.
He said there were serious issues with the law. “This is a massive issue that too many people are afraid to address,” Mr Conaglen said.
He admitted it was a very controversial issue.
“I’m not out to condemn any woman. Women who have had abortions have been let down by our society and our medical professions and they deserve better than that,” Mr Conaglen said.
“They deserve to be loved and cherished and looked after and not have to be put in a position where they have to terminate a child.”