QLD VOTES: Ipswich candidates, where and how to vote
IPSWICH residents are preparing to head to the polls for the third time since August.
This time, it's to choose a representative in the State Parliament and depending on where you live, you might be voting in a different electorate than in 2015.
Earlier this year the electoral boundaries changed, so it's worth double checking what your candidate options will be before heading to vote on November 25.
There are five state electorates relevant for those living in the Ipswich area.
They are; Ipswich, Ipswich West, Bundamba, Jordan and Scenic Rim.
If none of those sound familiar, you might be in the Lockyer electorate which now covers Fernvale and Lowood, as well as further west to Gatton and Plainland.
Jordan is a new seat covering Springfield and surrounds (more on that below).
The five electorates take in more than 165,000 voters.
Rules on how to vote will also be different this State Election, so read the instruction carefully (explained below) to ensure your vote counts.
The QT has put together this guide to answer any questions residents may have about the election including where to vote early, if you'll be busy on Saturday, November 25.
**Scroll down for information on electorates (which have changed), candidates and how to vote (this has changed too)**
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Which one is my electorate?
This year the boundaries for the electorates changed.
Check which electorate you are in here on the ECQ website using this online tool.
Simply enter your street address into the field marked 'search by location'.
- Pre-poll opens: Monday, November 13
- Pre-poll closes: Friday, November 24
- Election Day: Saturday, November 25
How to vote
In April last year, the Queensland Parliament passed laws changing the way voters must fill out their ballot papers.
Essentially, for your vote to count, there must be a number in every box before you put it in the ballot box.
The previous system (which was also used during the recent Ipswich local government elections) was Optional Preferential Voting, meaning voters had a choice on how many boxes to fill out.
When you head to the polls on November 25, the system will be Full Preferential Voting, meaning all boxes must be filled out.
If you fail to fill out every box on the ballot paper in your preferred order, your vote could be deemed 'informal' and may not be counted.
The Electoral Commission of Queensland explains;
"To make your vote count under the FPV system you must number all candidates in order of your preference. You must:
place a one (1) in the box beside your first preference;
a two (2) in the box beside your second preference;
a three (3) in the box beside your third preference; and
continue numbering until all of the boxes are numbered.
Instructions for completing a formal vote are always on the ballot paper. Please read this information carefully to ensure your vote is counted."
Ipswich: 31, 187 voters
Ipswich West: 33,333
Scenic Rim: 35,567
The candidates (in ballot order)
Note: This story will be constantly updated ahead of polling day, November 25.
1. Malcolm Roberts (Pauline Hanson's One Nation)
MALCOLM Roberts is a controversial figure in Queensland politics who was last month expelled from the Senate over dual citizenship.
The One Nation man announced almost immediately after the ruling on his citizenship, that he would run for the state seat of Ipswich. Mr Roberts lives in Pullenvale, Brisbane and has not committed to moving to Ipswich, if elected.
He says the major issue for Ipswich residents is the cost of living with alleged corruption in the council also a concern for residents.
2. Andrew Caswell (LNP)
ANDREW Caswell is a Logan father-of-three who has put his hand up to represent the LNP in the seat of Ipswich.
Mr Caswell works Tuesday to Saturday repairing self-serve checkouts and, through his work, spends a large amount of time in Ipswich. He said the major issues facing Ipswich residents were the cost of living and job security, along with concern about transparency in the local council.
Mr Caswell believes Ipswich would benefit from a move away from Labor Party representation, despite the area's voter tendency to stick with the party. If elected, Mr Caswell said he would focus on small business and ensuring Ipswich's local economy thrived.
3. Brett Morrissey (The Greens)
BRETT Morrissey was the only candidate in the August 19 Ipswich mayoral by-election to be endorsed by a party.
He will again represent The Greens in the State Election and says there are a range of issues that need to be discussed further in the public arena, including the alleged corruption of some long-term Ipswich City Council identities.
Mr Morrissey said he was motivated to take a tilt at state politics to stand up for the people of Ipswich and to give voters another option.
During the mayoral by-election he secured 6,476 primary votes winning 6.73% of the vote, placing him fourth in the council poll.
4. Troy Aggett (Independent)
UNTIL last month Troy Aggett was the One Nation candidate for Ipswich but quit over a disagreement with the party over paying $3500 for its candidate printing package.
The Brassall resident represented the One Nation Party at the Federal Election in the seat of Blair. After quitting as the One Nation candidate, Mr Aggett decided to run as an independent.
Mr Aggett owns a business called Brisbane Carpets and during his 2016 Federal election campaign highlighted various issues including more support for mental health and frontline services, domestic violence, road safety, jobs, tourism and health in general.
5. Jennifer Howard - incumbent (ALP)
JENNIFER Howard is going for her second term as the state representative for Ipswich.
She was elected to the parliament in 2015 and a significant part of her platform was reducing youth unemployment which at the time had hit 19.2%. As at September the rate has fallen to 12.4%.
Ms Howard says the reasonably high unemployment rate, people still recovering from the floods, massive population growth and the need for more infrastructure are among the major issues for Ipswich.
This time last year Jennifer Howard became the Assistant Minister for State Assisting the Premier in a cabinet reshuffle.
1. Jim Madden - incumbent (ALP)
JIM Madden is going for his second term as the MP for Ipswich West.
Mr Madden is a fifth-generation Ipswich West man who was elected as the region's representative in the State Parliament at the 2015 election after serving as a councillor.
At the 2015 election, Mr Madden won 14,025 primary votes, ahead of LNP rival Sean Choat on 10,911 votes.
Mr Madden is passionate about community, creating local jobs and working to deliver much needed infrastructure.
2. Brad Trussell (Pauline Hanson's One Nation)
BRAD Trussell is a father and husband living in Marburg, and working as a welder in Ipswich.
Mr Trussell had a rocky road to the state Election including having to stand down over difficulty paying the $3500 for the One Nation Party's media pack.
But he pulled the cash together and now says he wants to stand up for the people of Ipswich West.
He is passionate about caring for the elderly and wants his son to grow up in a safe world with access to excellent education.
3. Keith Muller (The Greens)
KEITH Muller is driven by a desire to ensure governments stay honest and decisions are made to benefit the community. Mr Muller has lived in Ipswich for the past six years and grew up in southeast Queensland.
He wants to ensure development is sustainable and believes there is opportunity in Ipswich West for a move away from traditional industry and farming.
Mr Muller says Ipswich West is perfectly placed to be a leader in sustainable industry.
4. Anna O'Neill (LNP)
ANNA O'Neill is young but passionate and believes her background in rural living can provide real insight into policy decisions.
Originally from Central Queensland, Anna moved to the southeast for study and has worked in retail stores throughout Ipswich.
Youth unemployment is a major issue for the 21-year-old and if elected, she will focus on ensuring young people get the opportunity to learn, train and prepare for stable careers with job security.
1. Patrick Ernbert (LNP)
What is the biggest issue for your electorate?
The biggest issue I keep hearing about is jobs. The local Labor MP likes to talk a big game but at the end of the day she is part of the Palaszczuk Government that hasn't delivered on this front.
There is no question that families in Bundamba are doing it tough and struggling to make ends meet.
They really need to ask themselves whether they can afford another three years of Labor?
What is your plan to address it?
The LNP is the only party that has announced a comprehensive jobs package designed to create 500,000 jobs over the next decade.The LNP has released more than 100 policies this election designed to create jobs, whether that is through building infrastructure, investing in more frontline police, nurses or teachers or simply investing in the jobs of the future.
2. Shan-Ju Lin (Independent)
SHAN-Ju Lin is a well-known Ipswich identity and organiser of the annual Ipswich World Harmony Day event.
The Taiwan-born woman has previously faced criticism over her anti-Muslim migration views.
Earlier this year Shan-Ju Lin was dumped by the One Nation Party after making a post on social media regarding a homosexual couple.
Ms Lin, a vocal advocate for the 'No campaign' on same-sex marriage, was swiftly dis-endorsed by the party. Ms Lin is a mother, a teacher, multi-lingual and describes herself as a caring Australian, dedicated to enriching and enhancing communities.
3. Trevor Judd (Independent)
TREVOR Judd is a Brassall resident, a second generation refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic, and a fifth generation Australian.
The 62-year-old is a father, a husband and a grandfather.
He is proud to say his own father built the refrigeration compressor that still sits outside the XXXX factory at Milton.
Mr Judd is passionate about resolving these key issues for Bundamba residents; the area's smell, the volume of dump trucks moving through the area, the cost of electricity and job creation.
Hi big idea (detailed in the linked story below) is to turn waste into fuel by building a waste-to-energy power plant.
4. Michelle Duncan (The Greens)
MICHELLE Duncan is a mother-of-four who says she wants to build a better community.
Housing affordability, electricity prices, corruption and ensuring high quality services in state schools and hospitals are her priorities for the future.
Ms Duncan is not new to politics, In the past, she has worked on several campaigns with The Greens Party.
Ms Duncan chose to stand for the state election to ensure voters had another viable choice, saying that the voters were fed up with the state of politics.
5. Jo-Ann Miller - incumbent (ALP)
JO-ANN Miller is a veteran politician and Ipswich local, first elected to parliament in 2000.
She had held the Labor safe-seat of Bundamba with a wide margin.
At the 2015 election Ms Miller secured 20,413 primary votes (61.20%) out of 33,356 with the LNP candidate the closest rival, on 24.60%. Ms Miller has gained widespread media attention for attacks on her own party and has been vocal on the issue of Black Lung disease after an inquiry was launched into its re-emergence.
Ms Miller has also been known as a vocal opponent to alleged corruption within Ipswich City Council. She was sensationally dumped as Police Minister in 2015 following revelations she failed to destroy documents.
6. Patricia Petersen (Independent)
STUDENT and university tutor Patricia Petersen has contested numerous elections without success.
Dr Petersen, 53, ran in the recent Ipswich mayoral by-election, among a long list of candidacies in various elections across the state. In 2009 she ran for the state seat of Bundamba as an independent but lost to Jo-Ann Miller.
Dr Petersen has a matter before the courts, accused of threatening Ipswich councillor, and former deputy mayor, Paul Tully. She denies the charge.
For the state election, Dr Petersen will run on a 10 point plan including the hot topic issues of dumping in Ipswich and crime.
If elected, Dr Petersen also plans to push for new legislation which would see online bullies face potential jail sentences.
1. Charis Mullen (ALP)
AS A local mum living in Springfield with her family, Charis wants to ensure schools continue to be properly funded and new schools built as soon as practicable. Health services and safe, secure communities with a strong police presence and emergency services are also a top priority.
The delivery of infrastructure to keep pace with the population growth is also vital according to Charis.
The Centenary Motorway/Logan Motorway interchange blockage, solutions to improve safety and movement on the Mount Lindsay Highway and the need for more public transport are high on the agenda.
Local Job creation is also another area of concern for Charis.
2. Michael Pucci (Pauline Hanson's One Nation)
MICHAEL Pucci is the former Member for Logan and Pauline Hanson's One Nation Candidate for the newly created seat of Jordan.
Michael has raised his family in the electorate, living locally with his wife Anna and their two daughters who attend school in the area. Mr Pucci spent 20 years as an Unites States Marine Corps active duty veteran of the before becoming a State Member of Parliament for Queensland.
As a local resident of the Jordan electorate, Mr Pucci said he has remained in touch with the community and has increasingly heard concerns about rising electricity prices, inferior road and public transport facilities, infrastructure development, law and order and lack of job opportunities.
3. Duncan Murray (LNP)
GREENBANK resident Dr Duncan Murray is a husband, father and an emergency specialist physician who spent more than 20-years working at Ipswich Hospital.
Dr Murray said his experience with the health system as both a frontline worker and someone involved in health businesses, had been frustrating.
He said his immense frustration in dealing with the current Labor State Government, and more specifically the bureaucracy within Queensland Health, had motivated him to stand.
Duncan's top issues for Jordan include the increasing the cost of living; transport infrastructure including parking issues at Springfield Central Train Station and the bottleneck at the Centenary Highway/Logan Motorway interchange.
4. Steve Hodgson (Independent)
STEVE Hodgson was a student at Camira State School and still lives locally.
He has worked with local councillors and business people to help raise funds and awareness for various community and international causes.
Mr Hodgson's vision for Jordan focuses on: keeping the region moving- roads and infrastructure; local job creation; education; the local environment and the impacts of residential growth and development; advocating local issues.
5. Peter Ervik (Civil Liberties, Consumer Rights, No Tolls)
PETER 'Free fuel for life' Ervik was originally from Denmark but has been an Australian citizen for 50 years and lives with his wife and grandson in Flagstone.
Since 2009, Peter has used his extensive engineering expertise to convert a petrol car to 100% electric which has been registered by Queensland Transport.
Mr Ervik will base his election campaign on the benefits of hydrogen fuel cell technology and sustainable living practices including aquaponics and solar power.
If elected, he will lobby to make hydrogen-powered cars legal on Queensland roads and help develop Jordan as the hydrogen fuel-cell epi-centre of Australia, creating jobs in that industry.
6. Phil Cutcliffe (Independent)
PHIL CUTCLIFFE is a pastor and director of charity organisation Westside Community Care based in Camira.
Mr Cutcliffe has lived in Springfield with his wife and two children for 22 years and has been heavily involved in the community.
His core election policies focus on transport and infrastructure including an upgrade to the Centenary Highway, expansion of the Springfield train line to Redbank Plains, increased parking at Springfield Central Station and efficient transport services to Greenbank, New Beith and Flagstone.
Family values are also a core component of Mr Cutcliffe's campaign, in particular, his aim to work to bring a positive resolution to the Safe School's program.
7. Steven Purcell (The Greens)
STEVE Purcell is a small business owner and has lived in the area with his family for more than 35 years.
Steve believes in putting people before profit and not letting the interests of powerful corporations influence important decisions.
He wants to ban political donations from mining, gambling, tobacco and alcohol companies, and property developers.
Steve says a strong and well-funded health and education system requires an economic plan that capitalises on the growth industries of today, and steps away from the dirty industries of the past.
Steve wants to deliver an effective energy policy, affordable housing, and a strong economy.
1. Shannon Girard (The Greens)
Shannon Girard grew up in Goondiwindi, Southern Queensland.
He moved to Brisbane in his early 30's, and now lives with his partner of 11 years on Tamborine Mountain.
If elected he would look to scrap the privatisation of electricity retail in SEQ, and ensure affordable, reliable electricity for all Queenslanders.
He would also look to reinstate a focus on the diverse natural landscapes of the region - connecting with farmers to promote further sustainable farming practices (paddock to plate) - "and protect our beautiful national parks and green spaces for future generations".
Shannon believes the people in the Scenic Rim also need a local representative who understands and addresses issues like water mining on Tamborine Mountain, adding: "I will work to preserve the waterfalls and heart-shaped pool at Killarney Glen and minimise the impact of the Bromelton freight terminal."
2. Carolyn Buchan (ALP)
Carolyn lives on a property in Beaudesert.
She was admitted as a solicitor in 2009 representing clients in courts, tribunals and conferences on a broad range of legal issues.
She is committed to focusing on regional jobs, roads, health and promoting the regions untapped tourism potential and above all being available to and listening to the people of the Scenic Rim.
3. Jon Krause - incumbent (LNP)
Jon Krause is the Member for Beaudesert in the Queensland Parliament, elected in 2012.
The father of three grew up on a dairy farm at Marburg, which his father operated while his mother worked as a teacher.
Prior to his election, he was a solicitor, most recently with a major financial institution's in-house legal team.
Since his election some of his main achievements include restoring maternity and other services to Beaudesert Hospital, ensuring the upgrade and repair of a number of major roads and delivering additional funding for our schools.
4. Rod Smith (Pauline Hanson's One Nation)
Rod Smith is a self-employed tradesman and small business owner who joined One Nation as a member in 1997.
The father of four joined the party because he "was fed up with the current state of politics and quality of politicians in Australia".
"I am intimately aware of the daily struggle of small business and know many in our wider community are doing it tough. I am keen to make a difference. Our politicians have forgotten that small business is the backbone of our country and treat small business like an ATM."