IN THE lead up to the 2010 Federal Election Flynn candidates Ken O’Dowd and Chris Trevor talk to the Observer about the big issues influencing voters in our region.

Liberal-National party candidate for Flynn Ken O’Dowd said in an interview with the Observer yesterday the biggest issue influencing Gladstone voters was the uncertainty of the mining tax issue.

“Companies such as Rio Tinto, the Gladstone Port Authority and the coal mining industry will be affected by this issue as well as the future Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) uncertainty,” Mr O’Dowd said.

“This uncertainty doesn’t go well for the vibrant industries in Gladstone,” he said. “The ETS system will hit coal-fired powerhouses which will deeply affect our aluminium industry.”

“It is an uncertainty for the future of industries that lingers on.”

Mr O’Dowd said other issues influencing Gladstone voters are the ageing population and mental health care.

Meanwhile, Federal Member for Flynn Chris Trevor welcomed this weekend’s announcement that the Federal election will be held on August 21.

“The Prime Minister has blown the whistle and it’s game on. I’ve been working extremely hard for this for the past two and a half years so I’m more than ready,” Mr Trevor said in a press release to the Observer yesterday.

“I am the underdog so I am going to have to fight for every vote.”

“Flynn needs a seat at the Prime Ministers table,” Mr Trevor said.

“The Gillard Labor Government offers our local community a strong partnership to help guide us through the massive growth expected and the infrastructure required to deal with this growth,” he said.

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