O’Rourke must ex­plain

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

WHAT peo­ple may not re­alise is the high per­sonal cost for in­di­vid­u­als to en­ter a bal­lot in a bid for se­lec­tion as a po­lit­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

Co­ralee O’Rourke must quan­tify the union endorsement in the lead- up to the 2015 state elec­tion.

As quoted by Co­ralee ( TB, July 3), “It is not un­usual for unions to sup­port can­di­dates ... and for can­di­dates to be em­ployed by the union dur­ing the cam­paign pe­riod.”

It may not be un­usual Co­ralee, how­ever con­stituents are en­ti­tled to trans- parency and to know the de­tails of your union ex­po­sure or the level of ben­e­fit you have re­ceived to sup­port your liv­ing ex­penses, with no re­turn to the union, while stand­ing for elec­tion.

If union mem­bers, the work­ers, have footed the bill for you to live while cam­paign­ing, come clean and di­vulge the de­tails.

Per­haps you are con­cerned by your level of ex­po­sure to what may be per­ceived a bribe.

STEVEN ISLES, Bush­land Beach.

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