Candidates' night was an eye opener

IF YOU are still undecided as to who to vote for in this Saturday's election then you should carefully read pages four and five of today's paper.

The QT news team was out in force at USQ Ipswich to watch and listen to each candidate for the seats of Ipswich and Ipswich West.

For me the surprise was Ipswich independent, Patricia Petersen and Green's chook farmer, Ian Simons.

With little knowledge of the past history of Petersen I had dismissed her chances solely on her crazy antics of the past few weeks. Her five minute address and response to questions changed my view and I rated her performance on the night as one of the best.

Chook farmer, Ian Simons, would have taken the worst dressed award by a country mile with his sandals and old shorts combination, but he more than offset that with an honest forthright performance. For passion Sean Choat stood tall, while Labor's Jennifer Howard and Jim Madden did nothing to harm their chances although neither excelled.

One comment worried me from Jim Madden when he said he would always vote along Labor Party lines.

His reasoning was that he would fight any issues that weren't good for this community in the caucus room.

As an early shot across his bow he should be aware that if elected this paper will be making sure he puts the people of Ipswich first and not his party.



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