THE Labor Party's endorsed candidate for Fisher Bill Gissane is ready to go to the polls any time an election or by-election is called.
Amid mounting speculation that the sitting member, the now-independent Peter Slipper, may quit politics ahead of determination of serious fraud charges laid by the Australian Federal Police, Mr Gissane said he had a campaign committee and strategy in place.
But the former international business executive was more interested in the fortunes of Mal Brough, his LNP rival for the seat than Mr Slipper.
"Even LNP supporters (of Mr Brough) are disappointed about his involvement in the James Ashby matter,'' he said.
"That may not improve my chances but it certainly won't help him.
"I'm meeting people and getting a good reception. Win, lose or draw I'm making clear I will stand up for people in the district of Fisher.
"People, even LNP supporters, see that even with six ministers in the State Government they are not getting a return for that level of representation.
"Mal Brough's heart is in Canberra, mine's in Caloundra.''