Glad­stone can­di­date fires up on abor­tion

The Morning Bulletin - - NEWS -

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.”

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