Deputy PM backs Trevor
LABOR is the underdog in the race for the seat of Flynn in the coming election.
Member for Flynn Chris Trevor made this claim at his local campaign launch at The Grand Hotel, Gladstone, where he was supported by Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan.
“We are the underdog in this campaign, just as we were in 2007,” Mr Trevor said.
He said he now knew in his own heart that he made the right decision in 2007 to give up working at his successful law firm and take a pay cut to stand up for Flynn families and workers.
“We all stood up for something that we believed in – getting rid of Work Choices,” Mr Trevor said.
Mr Swan said the electorate of Flynn was lucky to have a Member who was as hardworking as Mr Trevor.
He said almost every day during the Global Financial Crisis (GFC), Mr Trevor would be in the treasurer’s office asking what could be done for the people of the Flynn electorate.
“He wouldn’t give up,” Mr Swan said.
He said $350 million in stimulus funding from the Federal Government was pumped into the Flynn electorate during the GFC.
“That kept people going,” Mr Swan said.
He said the Flynn electorate needed to keep Mr Trevor in Canberra, along with the Labor Party.
He said he understood the area was facing massive population growth with the liquefied natural gas industries planned for the Gladstone region.
“This area is going to continue to grow,” Mr Swan said.
“This area is going to be one of the most important engine rooms of our national economy.”
Mr Swan reflected on how the former Prime Minister John
Howard, despite being in power for 11 years, did not visit Gladstone for 10 years.
He said Mr Howard only showed up in his last year to stand on Kirkwood Road.
He said the former prime minister did not make any funding announcements.