New play­ers ready to counter ‘ train wreck’

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - Natalie Wynne

QUEENS­LAND Party head Ai­dan McLin­don has la­belled La­bor and the LNP as ‘‘‘ dumb and dum­ber’’, say­ing their time in gov­ern­ment was over.

The new party leader was in town to en­dorse his can­di­dates for the Townsville and Bur­dekin seats, Ray Grigg and Ron Wad­worth.

Mr McLin­don, the for­mer LNP Beaudesert MP, said the Queens­land Party would pick up where the ma­jor par­ties lacked.

‘‘ Twelve months ago when I left the LNP, I pre­dicted the train wreck of late,’’ he said.

‘‘ What we can see now is both the ma­jor par­ties are be­gin­ning to im­plode.

‘‘ We of­fer Townsville res­i­dents an al­ter­nate op­tion.’’

The party leader said North Queens­lan­ders had had enough and it was game over for both ma­jor par­ties.

‘‘ What we’re see­ing is two ex­tremely ir­re­spon­sibl e lead­ers,’’ he said.

‘‘ When Queens­land was at its most vul­ner­a­ble point the premier and op­po­si­tion leader were spruik­ing their new pro­files and not do­ing their job of re­cov­er­ing and re­pair­ing Queens­land.

‘ ‘ They don’t de­serve to gov­ern, the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion is ridicu­lous.’’

Mr McLin­don s ai d t he Townsville and Bur­dekin hope­fuls were ‘‘ grass­root, com­mu­nity-fo­cused peo­ple’’.

‘ ‘ Ra y ( Grigg) and Ro n ( Wad­worth) are both well­known in their com­mu­ni­ties and want to make a real dif­fer­ence,’’ he said.

‘‘ They want to get Queens­land back on track.’’

Bur­dekin can­di­date Mr Wadforth said he joined the Queens­land Party be­cause it was built and owned by Queens­lan­ders.

‘‘ The most im­por­tant thing for me to start work on is in­fra­struc­ture in the re­gion,’’ he said.

‘‘ I also want to look at health and ed­u­ca­tion.’’

Queens­land Party Townsville can­di­date Mr Grigg said North Queens­land needs had been ig­nored for too long.

‘‘ The Queens­land Gov­ern­ment needs to re­alise that Queens­land still ex­ists north of Noosa,’’ he said.

Ai­dan McLin­don, Ron Wadforth and Ray­mond Grigg

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