IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Candidates for the seats of Ipswich and Ipswich West addressed a big gallery at the USQ’s Ipswich campus last night.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Candidates for the seats of Ipswich and Ipswich West addressed a big gallery at the USQ’s Ipswich campus last night. David Nielsen

Howard puts Newman in his place on election promises

THE Labor Party will honour all its election commitments in Ipswich if it wins government on January 31, no matter whether local candidates are elected.

That was a key difference between the Labor Party and the LNP enunciated by Labor candidate for Ipswich Jennifer Howard at the Meet the Candidates forum for Ipswich and Ipswich West political hopefuls, hosted by The Queensland Times at the USQ Ipswich campus last night.

Premier Campbell Newman created a storm when he said the Ipswich criterium cycling track would only be funded if Ipswich MP Ian Berry was re-elected.

The LNP has made similar conditional promises throughout the State.

In answer to a question from the forum on the issue, Ms Howard said Labor would not go down the LNP path and held Mr Newman to account for treating Ipswich citizens like second-class citizens.

"When Campbell Newman was elected in 2012, he said that he would represent all Queenslanders," she said.

"But you don't then make commitments based on getting a local candidate elected. You make them based on a government being elected."

Mr Berry enunciated in his speech a key philosophy of his party, namely that "governments don't make jobs, businesses do".

He said a key goal of the LNP was to "ease stress on businesses so they can employ people", while stating he was proud of the 46 extra police he had brought to Ipswich under his tenure.

Mr Berry said "assets would be leased at the best possible price" to fund the LNP's election promises.

Did last night's debate change how you will vote on January 31?

This poll ended on 29 January 2015.

Current Results

Yes

13%

No

86%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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