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Candidate says queue jumpers the big issue

CANDIDATE: Teresa Harding.
CANDIDATE: Teresa Harding. Rob Williams

FEDERAL election candidate Teresa Harding said her early campaigning has revealed "queue jumpers" are the most concerning issue on Ipswich voters' minds.

Ms Harding is the LNP candidate for Blair, taking on Labor's two-term MP Shayne Neumann for the seat.

She said the cost of the Gillard Government's immigration policy was a concern in the Ipswich community.

Constituents have told her there are more pressing issues on which the money could be better spent.

"The thing that people are really upset about is the amount of money being spent on illegal boat people," she said.

"That money could be spent on so many things for us. We have a good system in place for processing refugees.

"It's the queue jumpers.

"We've had more illegal boat people turn up under Gillard then people that have signed up for the NBN."

Ms Harding said the funding would be better used if allocated to infrastructure projects.

But Mr Neumann said it was the job cuts delivered by the LNP state government which are on the forefront of the constituent's minds.

"They are very concerned about the cuts to jobs and funding of services that the LNP has perpetrated on the people locally," he said.

"They are concerned that Tony Abbot will rip away tax cuts and family payments."

Mr Neumann asked: "The question that she has to answer is if she is talking about the cost of living, why is she opposed to the tax-free threshold?"

Following immigration, Ms Harding claimed voters were frustrated with the cost of living and the increasing restrictions of the "Nanny State".

The illegal immigrant issue has dogged the Gillard government as they grapple to find a solution to the problem.

After first ruling out offshore processing, the Gillard government returned to the island nation of Nauru to process illegal immigrants.

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