LAST CHANCE: Candidates for the seat of Lockyer were in the spotlight at the Gatton Shire Hall last night.
LAST CHANCE: Candidates for the seat of Lockyer were in the spotlight at the Gatton Shire Hall last night. INGA WILLIAMS

Lockyer candidates get their final say at forum

AN extension of the electric rail line from Rosewood to Withcott has been deemed too expensive to be realistic by Lockyer MP Ian Rickuss.

Mr Rickuss, speaking at the QT/Gatton Star Meet the Candidates Forum in Gatton last night, said he was pushing for an "improved bus service" for the region.

Mr Rickuss, one of five Lockyer candidates at the forum, was answering a question about why he had not been a more vocal supporter of the rail extension, which is also a key policy platform of Katter's Australian Party (KAP) candidate David Neuendorf.

Mr Neuendorf outlined why a food processing factory was a must for the region and vowed to push hard for one if he was elected.

The KAP candidate said he would be a champion of issues that Lockyer people care about.

Education was a major thrust of Labor candidate Steve Leese's address.

Mr Leese, a school teacher, said it was Labor's commitment to make "each and every school better".

He outlined how under the LNP government, each primary school student was $165 worse off, each high school student $203 worse off and each student with a disability $1770 worse off.

He said Labor's promise to employ more teachers and restore the TAFE system would be a shot in the arm for the education sector.

Greens candidate Clare Rudkin spoke about the need to not sell assets.

One Nation's Pauline Hanson said she would not be beholden to any political party system if elected.

She outlined her party's apprenticeship scheme, which would see government subsidies to business help young people gain a trade.

 

 

 



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