ALP’s team for election
THE Labor Party has unveiled its Gold Coast candidates for next year’s federal election.
Luz Stanton, Aaron Santelises and Tracey Bell join Des Hardman as the ALP’s candidates for the region.
Ms Stanton, a tertiary educator and mother-of-two, will take on embattled LNP MP Stuart Robert in the seat of Fadden. Ms Stanton ran in the last state election for the seat of Theodore and lost by a margin of 5.4 per cent.
She would not be drawn on questions about her opponent or the recent investigation into Mr Robert’s $37,975 taxpayerfunded internet bills.
Instead Ms Stanton said she will be running her own race. “I pay bills,” she said with a laugh.
Industrial relations lawyer Aaron Santelises will take on Karen Andrews in the seat of McPherson. Mr Santelises, who has lived on the Gold Coast for over 20 years, ran in Mudgeeraba in 2012.
“I am running to reverse the devastating cuts to penalty rates, tackle phoenixing practices that hurt Gold Coast subbies and to put an end to dodgy labour hire practices,” he said.
First-time candidate Tracey Bell will run for the seat of Moncrieff against incumbent Minister Steven Ciobo.
Mr Hardman is running in Forde, where he went within 1000 votes of defeating incumbent LNP MP Bert van Mannen at the last election.