Two to con­test for One Na­tion

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - DOMANII CAMERON

ONE Na­tion has an­nounced its first ever can­di­date for Hinch­in­brook and an­other to con­test the seat of Mund­ing­burra.

Mar­garet Bell will run against the Lib­eral Na­tional Party en­cum­bent An­drew Cripps in Hinch­in­brook at the next state elec­tion.

Malcolm Charl­wood will run against La­bor’s Mund­ing­burra MP Co­ralee O’Rourke and LNP can­di­date Matt Der­la­gen.

Ms Bell, who lives in Jensen, said she de­cided to run for One Na­tion be­cause of con­cerns over a num­ber of is­sues.

“I was just com­ing across so many is­sues from so many walks of life,” she said. “So I just put my hand up.” The can­di­date, who ran as an in­de­pen­dent in Thuringowa at the 2015 state elec­tion, is now able to run for Hinch­in­brook fol­low­ing this year’s elec­torate bound­ary changes.

Ms Bell said many res­i­dents were frus­trated by the state’s two ma­jor par­ties.

“Hinch­in­brook has many of the same is­sues that Townsville does – we have wa­ter, crime, unem­ploy­ment, cost of liv­ing, elec­tric­ity,” she said.

Ms Bell, who’s a house- care worker, said she was pas­sion­ate about the re­gion, hav­ing lived lo­cally since 1990.

“We want to make this coun­try good again, es­pe­cially Townsville,” she said.

Mr Charl­wood, who’s a real es­tate agent and has lived in Townsville for six years, said he wanted to make a dif­fer­ence.

“I think One Na­tion has more to of­fer than the oth­ers in Mund­ing­burra,” he said.

“I’m qui­etly con­fi­dent and we will talk to the peo­ple.

“The is­sues are pretty big – wa­ter and crime.

“We need to have peo­ple who will take re­spon­si­bil­ity in the courts. And hav­ing the cost of power like it is, is not on.”

A date for the state elec­tion has not been an­nounced.

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