Ipswich not a safe bet for ALP
THE unimaginable would become reality if the results from a poll conducted in Ipswich come true at the next state election.
The poll by ReachTEL showed Labor MPs Jo-Ann Miller and Rachel Nolan are on the nose in their traditionally safe Labor seats.
The survey in the Bundamba and Ipswich electorates showed Mrs Miller and Ms Nolan's support had slumped since the 2009 election.
In Ipswich, Ms Nolan's primary vote dropped 29% to 31.2%, with 45.5% saying they would vote for LNP candidate Ian Berry.
The picture is brighter in Bundamba, with Mrs Miller holding a 1.3% margin over LNP rival Michael Kitzelmann, but her vote has plunged more than 25% to 35.7% since 2009.
The polling also revealed Bob Katter's Australian Party could attract more than 10% of the vote in Ipswich and Bundamba.
Katter's Australian Party Ipswich branch president Jade Connor said it was time for Mrs Miller to move on.
"Labor has never lost the seat of Bundamba. I think now is the time to kick Labor out, and this time there are real alternatives," Mr Connor said.
Mrs Miller said she was happy to stand on her record of representing her constituents, come what may.
"Polls come and go but the Labor Party is in the underdog position for this election. I'll be running on my proven track record to the Bundamba electorate," she said.
"I have the guts and tenacity to put my own people before party policy. I have always worked hard in the electorate.
"I think when I go around the electorate they certainly appreciate that I stand up for them."
LNP candidate for Bundamba Mr Kitzelmann said the poll reflected the feedback he had received from the community.
"The polls show clearly that voters aren't happy and they want a change," Mr Kitzelmann said.
"If the people of Bundamba want to see a real change they have to vote LNP."
LNP candidate for Ipswich Ian Berry said Ms Nolan may have paid the price for some of the decisions she made as transport minister.
"Polls will come and go. They do no more than reflect what the community thinks right at this moment," Mr Berry said. "When you have 20 years in government you tend to be a bit blasé."
A spokeswoman for Ms Nolan said she was preparing for cabinet meetings yesterday but she would continue to work hard for the electorate as the election approached.