New MP moves into office
IAN Berry's whirlwind election adventure is getting more real as he continues to move into his new electorate office in Booval.
The new Member for Ipswich is shifting into the office vacated by Rachel Nolan following Mr Berry's stunning victory.
Mr Berry famously didn't believe he had won until he checked with Ms Nolan but reality has quickly been sinking in.
"I can't say I ever thought I was going to lose but looking back, I didn't realise how formidable it was," Mr Berry said.
"It's been a whirlwind experience; certainly no complaints on my part because I like to keep busy.
"I think it will really sink in when I hit parliament."
He said yesterday he wanted to make a new start for the electorate of Ipswich.
"I am excited to get the office open and get to work as the Member for Ipswich," Mr Berry said. "The people of Ipswich voted for change and I know that they want a member who will work tirelessly and for our government to deliver election commitments.
"I want to get on with the job of standing up for the people of Ipswich."
Showing the QT around his new digs on the corner of Brisbane St and South Station Rd, Mr Berry was more than happy.
"I have to say I'm quite chuffed with how much space there is," he said.
"There's even a separate boardroom that people can use."
While he has to replace files and the bare walls need new paintings, he said Ms Nolan was very gracious about the handover.
"She gave the premises over to me almost instantly and she showed me around," he said.
"She left behind some books that were given to her by David Hamill. She said they're good for the background in photographs.
"She's been good. I get along with her pretty well. It's hard losing. You can work very hard but still find yourself on the nose."
He said he was conscious of the Labor tradition in Ipswich carried on by Mr Hamill and Ms Nolan.
"This is a Labor town and a lot of people will be expecting me to be here three years," he said.
"I'm going to make it hard. That's my job. It means there is a greater onus on me to get out there and work hard. The best part about this job is that just about everything has a legal undercurrent to it."
The former president of the Queensland Law Society is still practising law but hoped that would change soon.
"Be it the bravest of candidates who would sell his practice before he wins," he said with a laugh.
"I've got a broker who's looking for someone to buy my practice because I don't want to do both."
The electorate office will be open Monday to Friday, 8.30am-4.30pm.