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March 3rd, 2011


UDIA WID Lunch – 8th March, 2011

Help us celebrate 100 years of women’s achievements on International Women’s Day.

Special Guest, Nancy Bates, will be a provocative and entertaining speaker. Questions from the floor will be encouraged.
Guys, you are welcome to this event and we look forward to celebrating this day with all of the business community.
When:            Tuesday, 8th March, 2011
Where:           Hervey Bay House, Hervey Bay RSL, Pialba
Time:              12.15pm for a 12.30pm start
RSVP:            EXTENDED – Friday 4th March, 2011 to
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Maryborough votes

Broadcast: 25/4/2003


This weekend 26,500 Maryborough voters go to the polls to choose a replacement for retiring Independent and former One Nation MP John Kingston. The by-election result won’t drastically alter Queensland’s political landscape. Labor will retain its huge majority and the new Coalition will continue the struggle to remake its image. But with a State election looming, the tussle between Maryborough’s eight candidates could teach the major parties a lesson.

CHRIS FOLEY, INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE: We’re doing a few gigs around the place and it’s fun, you know I’ve got my wife and my daughter on backing vocals and it’s a real family occasion. We have fun.

KIM LANDERS: Chris Foley has been rehearsing with his band, while preparing for perhaps his most important performance, as a candidate in this weekend’s Maryborough by-election.
The part-time pastor, martial arts teacher and full-time financial planner hopes to hit the right note with voters.

CHRIS FOLEY: I’ve got a successful business I don’t need the money, I don’t need the stress and aggravation in my life. But I feel very passionately about representing this area because I love it.

KIM LANDERS: It’s enthusiasm he’d offered to harness for the National Party, which was desperate to prove new leader Lawrence Springborg could attract popular candidates who’d help revive the Opposition’s electoral fortunes. But local party members snubbed Chris Foley, forcing him to run as an Independent.

CHRIS FOLEY: I’ve had a lot of people locally suggest that they’ve completely shot themselves in the foot and Maryborough is a good example of that. Now I don’t want to sound conceited about that and go I’m the best candidate nah nah nah nuh, you know I mean that’s their choice they exercised their democratic right not to choose me.

KIM LANDERS: The editor of the local newspaper is another who believes the National party got it wrong.

NANCY BATES, EDITOR FRASER COAST CHRONICLE: As long as we don’t have too much about politics on the front page because people just aren’t interested. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an election where people have switched off as much as they have this one. There’s nothing really to capture people’s imaginations.

KIM LANDERS: Nancy Bates is Australia’s longest serving female newspaper editor. She traces her reader’s political apathy back to the emergence of One Nation, when it claimed the seat two State elections ago.

NANCY BATES: People were fairly disillusioned then. Now we’ve got the same thing happening. They’re even more bitter because I think this time people were really ready to go back to a major party, you know, they were talking National, they were talking Labor and they were pretty excited because they thought they had a couple of really good candidates.

KIM LANDERS: Instead she says, the major parties have delivered second rate candidates.

DOUG LOGGIE, LABOR CANDIDATE: Morning Doug. Gidday Dennis, how are you? Just the papers? yes please mate, cheers. Thank you great.

KIM LANDERS: It’s not uncommon for the daily paper to deliver bad news to one-time postal worker Doug Loggie.
He’s often reminded it was a factional deal which narrowly won him Labor party pre-selection over popular Gayndah Mayor Peter Huth.

DOUGH LOGGIE: I take notice of the papers but as I say I’m focusing on what I’ve got to do to ensure that people have a fair say in the Beattie Government.

KIM LANDERS: To do that, he has to convince voters to make Maryborough number 67 in the swag of Parliamentary seats already held by the Beattie Government.

DOUG LOGGIE: Maryborough is a unique seat, there is only one seat of Maryborough, and that’s what’s important to me and that’s what people in Maryborough really want is the fact they want a seat in government.

PROF. JOHN WANNA, GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY: I think it’s important for the party to be able to win those seats back because if they can’t hold Maryborough and they can’t win back Gladstone, then it makes their claim to represent all sort of working class areas of the state quite fragile. Independents are winning Labor territory.

KIM LANDERS: Peter Beattie is prepared for a six to eight percent swing against Labor. But denies he’s trying to drag Doug Loggie over the line by promising to fund things like a bridge upgrade.

PETER BEATTIE, PREMIER: We haven’t really pork barrelled here at all. We’ve announced a number things that would have been normally announced as part of the ongoing government program.

PETER ANDREWS, NATIONAL PARTY CANDIDATE: I’ve been doing the hard yards, walking the electorate and talking to people. Ah I feel that ah people are being responsive to me.

KIM LANDERS: National Party candidate,and railway station master Peter Andrews knows he can’t match the Premier’s pork barrelling and has had trouble shifting his campaign into high gear, having only joined the Nats a week before pre-selection.

PETER ANDREWS: I’m a down to earth person I like the sound of the Harley Davidson, its raw and powerful. It’s not the smoothest bike but it has a lot of character.

KIM LANDERS: Nor has it been the smoothest campaign for Peter Andrews. Like his Labor rival, he’s been branded an unpopular candidate by the local newspaper.

PETER ANDREWS: No, I don’t see that as personally hurtful because ah I want to prove that I am the best candidate and after all their perception and somebody else’s perception can be quite the opposite.

KIM LANDERS: But even those in his own party concede victory for Peter Andrews is impossible. They only hope to salvage a result better than the 14 percent they polled in Maryborough at the last State election.

JOHN WANNA: If Chris Foley, an Independent, a former National wins the seat then it really looks bad for the Nationals that they can’t have a single candidate and can’t hold a decent opposition up against Beattie in a by-election like this.

NANCY BATES: I feel pretty sorry for Lawrence Springborg actually because had they put Chris Foley up I think he would have had quite a triumph in Maryborough and it would have been seen beyond Maryborough as a triumph for Lawrence Springborg.

KIM LANDERS: It will soon be clear whether Labor and the Nationals had enough time to persuade Maryborough’s 26,500 voters not to opt for another Independent. With a State election less than a year away, this by-election could deliver an important wakeup call to the major parties.

NANCY BATES: Streets are going to be pretty empty without all those politicians aren’t they?

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha

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