Stu­art staffer’s tilt at a fu­ture in state pol­i­tics

Townsville Bulletin - - News - Emily Mac­don­ald

FIX­ING law and or­der is­sues in the com­mu­nity is at the top of the list for Queens­land Party can­di­date and Stu­art prison em­ployee Ray Grigg.

Mr Grigg, 50, de­cided to make his first foray into pol­i­tics and stand for the Townsville s t at e s eat amid concern about in­ac­tion by the gov­ern­ment on many is­sues.

The Queens­land Party was of­fi­cially reg­is­tered in Au­gust last year and so far they have 22 can­di­dates state-wide.

Mr Grigg said his wife of 28 years Ade­line, son Ja­son, 27, and daugh­ter Jas­mine, 15, were sup­port­ive of his de­ci­sion to en­ter pol­i­tics as they knew how pas­sion­ate he was about se­cur­ing a fair go for lo­cals.

‘‘ I’ve seen per­son­ally in my ca­reer how the rights and civil lib­er­ties of the law­less mi­nor­ity have in­creased while the rights and lib­er­ties of the lawabid­ing ma­jor­ity have de­creased,’’ Mr Grigg said.

‘‘ The soft sen­tenc­ing pol­icy has to stop.

‘‘ We want to give peo­ple a real op­tion aside from the two ma­jor par­ties.

Ray Grigg

‘‘ They’re two heads on the same body.’’

The Queens­land Party is also ad­vo­cat­ing for the re-es­tab­lish­ment of an up­per house in Queens­land and for a greater per­cent­age of min­ing r o y a l t i e s t o b e k e p t lo­cally.

‘‘ The Queens­land gov­ern­ment for­gets there are Que e n s l a n d e r s l i v i n g past Noosa,’’ Mr Grigg said.

The Queens­land Party is still look­ing for can­di­dates to run.

To find out more about the Queens­land Party visi t queens­land­party . com. au

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