Chelle Dobson spoke to the Gympie Times earlier this year before her bid for a Senate seat in the Federal election. Ms Dobson is One Nation's endorsed candidate for the seat of Gympie in the next Queensland election.
Chelle Dobson spoke to the Gympie Times earlier this year before her bid for a Senate seat in the Federal election. Ms Dobson is One Nation's endorsed candidate for the seat of Gympie in the next Queensland election. Patrick Woods

This is One Nation's Gympie candidate for state election

PAULINE Hanson's One Nation party has revealed its candidate for Gympie in the next state election.

Former Australian Liberty Alliance candidate Chelle Dobson is one Nation's endorsed candidate to contest the seat of Gympie.

The Gympie Times published an article in May, in which Ms Dobson spoke of her views on immigration and regional issues.

Those views are in line with One Nation's right-wing approach that earned the party their comeback in the last federal election.

Ms Dobson ran for a senate seat in the July 2016 federal election, but only attracted 62 votes, which amounted to 0.0003% of the quota required to earn a seat.

Current Member for Gympie Tony Perrett said he welcomed the competition for the election, which will be held during or before 2018.

"I welcome any and all candidates who choose to run to represent this region in State Parliament as it is a positive reflection of the health and robustness of our democratic process," Mr Perrett said.

"I am aware of significant support for One Nation and there may be many things we may agree on."

 

Gympie MP Tony Perrett.
Gympie MP Tony Perrett. Renee Albrecht

But Mr Perrett warned voters of the party's history in Gympie, after One Nation candidate Elisa Roberts won the seat but later defected.

Gympie previously had a One Nation State Member of Parliament who resigned from the party within 12 months of election," he said.

"The reality is that this could happen again in Gympie."

He said One Nation's burgeoning popularity in regional Queensland demonstrated the failings of the Labor government.

"The Labor Party has been in government in Queensland for 23 out of the past 28 years during which it has left a disastrous impact on the health of Gympie and the regions.

"A prime example is the frustration I have experienced in trying to have much needed decisions made about Gympie and the delivery of local infrastructure and services.

"This list is endless, University of the Sunshine Coast trying to access a TAFE building, the Mary Valley Rattler, vegetation management laws designed to demonise local landholders and lock up their assets, axing the Nursing Studies course at Gympie TAFE.

"The prime example of this frustration has been the complete intransigence of the government to allow the USC to access an empty and unused TAFE building at the Gympie Education Precinct.

"Its idea of good government is to let the building sit empty across the carpark from the USC.

"It shows a disgraceful waste of taxpayers' money and contempt that the ALP has for Gympie and regional areas.

"This decision should have been made two years ago and I am advised has sat on the Minsters desk for the last six months.

"This bloody mindedness is about either complete incompetence by the Minister or appeasing union masters who control the pre-selections of ALP members of Parliament and dictate the decisions made in Cabinet.

"The State Labor Government has outsourced decision making to the unions and prefers to pander to the interests of wealthy inner city greens who live in concrete jungles."

The Gympie Times has contacted Ms Dobson for further comment. 

Gympie Times


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