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Labor to save port, Calliope high school land

GAGAL boiler maker apprentice Djan Canendo with Queensland opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk and Gladstone Labor candidate Glenn Butcher.
GAGAL boiler maker apprentice Djan Canendo with Queensland opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk and Gladstone Labor candidate Glenn Butcher. Paul Braven GLA090115ANNA

OPPOSITION Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk met Gladstone apprentices on Friday but announced no new policies during her visit.

With long-serving independent Liz Cunningham not recontesting Gladstone, Ms Palaszczuk was keen to push the case for Labor and its candidate Glenn Butcher, and to discuss job prospects in the region.

On their visit to Gladstone Area Group Apprentices Limited, she said she wanted to see more job opportunities for the apprentices.

"The LNG industry has created a boom town here in Gladstone. Now exports are going overseas things are starting to wind back as far as jobs go on the island.

"Where is the next industry for these young people?" she asked.

She said if Labor was successful at the January 31 poll, the Gladstone port would not be privatised and the land earmarked for the Calliope High School would not be sold.

The Opposition leader said it was time for the Gladstone community to vote for the ALP, after being represented by an independent for 20 years.

"The Gladstone community needs to vote Labor to send Campbell Newman a message," she said.

"If (the LNP) sells off our assets it's going to be so much harder for people to make ends meet."

Mr Butcher ran against Mrs Cunningham in the 2012 election and received 29.19% of the vote, to Mrs Cunningham's 48.9%.

"The people of Gladstone need to ask themselves are they happy with what an independent has done for Gladstone in the last 20 years?" Mr Butcher said.

Ms Palaszczuk also said some of the 400 more nurses promised by Labor would come to Gladstone.

Topics:  calliope high school labor queensland election 2015



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