LNP candidate for Ipswich Ian Berry takes a break from his casual campaign outside Ipswich Court House.
LNP candidate for Ipswich Ian Berry takes a break from his casual campaign outside Ipswich Court House. Claudia Baxter

Voters ask me: Who are you?

IAN Berry has run such a low-key campaign, even he admits when he introduces himself people don't know who he is.

The LNP candidate for Ipswich was surprisingly candid when asked if he could have been more visible in the election campaign.

"Absolutely no doubt," Mr Berry cheerfully admitted.

"People come up to me in the street and say, 'Who are you? When I tell them, they say, 'I've never heard of you'.

"This is my first campaign and we have four people in my team. They all work so if anyone is doing doorknocking and letterbox drops it's my daughter and I and one or two friends on the weekend."

He has bankrolled his campaign with his own money, bolstered by some fundraising and a few people who've been "very kind" to him.

"So we've really worked this on a budget of between $6000 and $7000, which means I can't do the corporate stuff as much as I'd have liked but I've doorknocked probably 2000 houses and leaflet-dropped about 5000. It's hard work," he said.

"But I don't think I'm going to win this election; I think Labor is going to lose it."

"It's so hard to oust a minister but, when people are angry, they're angry. People are angry with Rachel Nolan, mainly over the QR sell-off, so maybe I'm the right person at the right time. There's a feeling that it's time for a change.

"I think it's even money. I'm feeling a touch confident. We're pretty small, but I'm feeling strong."

Sitting member Rachel Nolan says she has been doing anything but "sitting" since the election was called.

"I said before this campaign started that I'd work harder than anyone else and I have," she said.

"While Labor has announced local plans for the future, the only issue my LNP opponent has independently raised in the paper has been court fees paid by lawyers.

"Campbell Newman has shunned Ipswich people and Ian Berry has made no commitments to Ipswich.

"They do not deserve to win."



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