Ripoll back on the hustings
HAVING the National Broadband Network rolled out to each home in his electorate is a priority for Labor MP Bernie Ripoll if he is re-elected on September 7.
"People understand what getting the NBN means - it means they are connected to the rest of the world," he said. "It's an incredible piece of infrastructure."
Mr Ripoll, who has held the seat of Oxley for almost 15 years, spoke about his goals for his electorate at his campaign launch on Saturday at Redbank's Goupong Park.
Mr Ripoll said an important issue was "getting the electorate's roads and infrastructure right".
He particularly wants to finish off the upgrade of the Darra to Rocklea stretch of the Ipswich Mwy, for which the Federal Government has committed $279 million.
"People around here do it a little bit tougher at times than some people in other electorates," he said.
"So I am really conscious about making sure we help people with their cost of living issues such as housing and also provide good medical services."
He also said he was pleased to learn of the Brisbane Lions' decision to move to Springfield.
"To bring the game of AFL to the western suburbs is a really fantastic thing," he said.