MP furious with QR sale
NEW Ipswich MP Ian Berry took aim at the Queensland Rail asset sale as "a bullet to the heart of Ipswich" when he delivered his maiden speech to parliament.
He said the unprecedented 20.7% swing against Labor came down to many failures, but the rail sale had most incurred "the wrath and fury of Ipswich voters".
"The sale of Queensland Rail was ... an attack on Ipswich's identity," he said.
"It was a betrayal of workers who believed that if they worked hard and remained loyal their jobs would be secured."
Mr Berry also paid tribute to emergency service workers who worked hard during last year's floods.
"The devastation caused by the 20011 flood was vast and sears on the memory of many Ipswich residents," he said.
"There are still councils and businesses in recovery mode.
"While Grantham and surrounding communities suffered disproportionately in terms of devastation and loss of life, Ipswich was not without its tragedies.
"To all families who have borne and continue to bear the tragedy of the floods, we shall never forget."
He concluded his speech by thanking various campaign helpers, including daughter Hayley, for teaching him how to wave and put up corflutes.
"She (Hayley) put our roadshow together," he said.
"She told me how to wave at cars... I did not realise there was an artful skill to... waving signs."
He admitted being a campaign newbie, and joked about Ray Martin pulling him up when he made "the rookie error of not having the signs facing towards oncoming traffic."