Luxton not worried about being election underdog
PETER Luxton is hoping for third time lucky.
Betting agency Sportsbet suggests he won't be, but Mr Luxton has no qualms about being the rank outsider in the race for the Ipswich mayoralty.
The odds provided by sportsbet.com.au have Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale as the favourite at $1.15.
Challenger Gary Duffy is listed at $6 while Mr Luxton, contesting his third Ipswich mayoral battle, is paying $16.
"Pisasale looks unbeatable at these odds, with Duffy the only real alternative according to the betting but unlikely to get up,'' said sportsbet.com.au's Will Byrne.
Mr Luxton said he was unfazed by the odds.
"In a QT article Duffy called himself the underdog, but it looks like I am the underdog comrade...it's me," he grinned.
"I am happy to wear that tag.
"I am too busy working with my job to put too much into the campaign, but I am not getting any resistance to anything I have been saying or doing.
"I feel as though a lot of the commentary on your QT pages is reflecting the policies that I have been consistent with over the last two elections."
Mr Luxton said he was committed to reinstituting the Jim Gardiner Pool, ensuring the environment was looked after as the city grows and develops and increasing the council-provided facilities.
"In that I include libraries, because Ipswich has half the number of libraries per head of population as Brisbane and Logan," he said.
"They have got one library per 35,000 residents and we have got one per 70,000."
Cr Pisasale said he was not taking his favouritism for granted.
"I don't work on odds. I work on hard work.
"I love helping the city, and we still have a lot more to do.
"People have asked me 'when did you start your campaign?' and I reply '12 years ago'.
"Being the Mayor of Ipswich is not about the last five weeks of an election campaign.
"It is about having a great plan for the city.
"People know that I will put my body on the line for the city.
"I have put my life on hold to ensure Ipswich grows and prospers and we are getting some great results."
Challenger Gary Duffy said his odds reflected that his campaign was gaining traction, as a first time candidate against one of the country's most popular mayors.
"I think it is all about policy," he said.
"We have some good ideas for the CBD and the future of Ipswich.
"We can see a better future and a better Ipswich...in the way it is run.
"We need to retain our heritage as the first city of Queensland.
"That is unique.
"Not every city has got that, and you can't get that again.
"If you throw that away and redesign the city based on futuristic ideas then you take away what essentially the history of where Ipswich came from."
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