LNP can­di­date fires up over abor­tion at fo­rum

The Observer - - NEWS - Chris Lees and Te­gan An­nett chris.lees@glad­sto­neob­server.com.au

IT WAS no sur­prise jobs and elec­tric­ity prices were the two big top­ics at the Meet the Can­di­dates night.

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.

Pauline Han­son’s One Na­tion can­di­date Amy Lohse was not there nor was the Greens’ Peta Baker.

Mr Butcher and Mr Cona­glen took ques­tions from the floor.

Glad­stone In­dus­try Lead­er­ship Group chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Pa­trick Hast­ings asked about power prices in re­la­tion to in­dus­try.

Both can­di­dates ac­knowl­edged there was an is­sue with power prices, with Mr Cona­glen blam­ing the State Gov­ern­ment’s re­new­able en­ergy tar­get.

He said it was not sus­tain­able and was a big rea­son for driv­ing prices up.

The LNP can­di­date plugged the LNP’s plan to build a new coal-fired power sta­tion in North Queens­land.

But Mr Butcher rub­bished the pol­icy, say­ing no­body wanted to fi­nan­cially back it. He also said by the time it was built re­new­able en­ergy tech­nol­ogy would be even cheaper than it was now.

Mr Cona­glen 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.

The LNP can­di­date 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.

“Many peo­ple don’t know what they’re do­ing, they don’t know the re­al­ity that they’re killing a child.”

Mr Cona­glen ques­tioned where the line was be­fore peo­ple were al­lowed to have an abor­tion.

“Women de­serve bet­ter than to have to kill their child,” he said.

“This is my per­sonal opin­ion and I re­spect that we can have a rea­son­able dis­cus­sion about it.”

The Cher­ish Life Glad­stone group had an ad­vert ap­pear in the

Glad­stone Ob­server telling peo­ple how to vote if they were “pro-life”.

They are ask­ing for peo­ple to vote for Mr Cona­glen first, Ms Lohse sec­ond, Mr Butcher third and Ms Baker last.

There were about 30 peo­ple at the event.

PHOTO: TE­GAN AN­NETT

OUT­SPO­KEN: LNP can­di­date for Glad­stone Chay Cona­glen at the Meet The Can­di­dates night.

This was just a quick tally of how many key words our can­di­dates hit and we couldn’t even keep up.

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