ALP’s team for elec­tion

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

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.

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