Whitsunday election candidates address questions from the audience at the Chamber of Commerce's forum on Thursday. Picture: Laura Thomas
Whitsunday election candidates address questions from the audience at the Chamber of Commerce's forum on Thursday. Picture: Laura Thomas

Candidates give elevator pitch on their Whitsunday legacy

WITH the state election just weeks away, candidates have explained the mark they want to leave if they win the Whitsunday seat.

At the Whitsunday Coast Chamber of Commerce candidates' forum, political hopefuls were given just 30 seconds to reveal how they would have an impact on the region.

Here's what they said:

Paul Hilder - Legalise Cannabis Qld

"(Cannabis) has been with us throughout ancient prehistory and modern history," he said.

"There's a reason why we have an endocannabinoid system and why you ladies who have, or may in the future, breastfeed produce it in your breast milk.

"We have an endocannabinoid system, not an endo-eucalyptoid system like the koalas."

Amanda Camm - LNP

"I want this place to not just be the best place to holiday, I want it to be the best place to live, I want it to be the best place to invest," she said.

"I want you to be proud and I never want to see a Premier fly into this place and overlook you, your community, your tourism industry.

"I witnessed that only a few months ago and it was absolutely disgraceful.

"I was taking the time to meet with people in tears and our government ignored you, so I don't want to see the Whitsundays ignored any more."

 

Replay - Whitsunday debate: Candidates go head-to-head ahead of 2020 QLD election: Watch the replay of the debate between LNP's Amanda Cann and ALP's Angie Kelly as they go head-to-head ahead of 2020 QLD election.
Replay - Whitsunday debate: Candidates go head-to-head ahead of 2020 QLD election: Watch the replay of the debate between LNP's Amanda Cann and ALP's Angie Kelly as they go head-to-head ahead of 2020 QLD election.

 

Emma Barrett - The Greens

Ms Barrett said her number one priority was getting residents and businesses back on their feet.

"That means making our essential services free again, like public childcare, education and healthcare so that we can spend our money where we need it," she said.

"We're such a resource rich state, we shouldn't have to be paying for childcare, education or healthcare.

"You guys know what you need … the stamp that I want to leave on the Whitsundays is good, long-term jobs, not contractual work."

Angie Kelly - Labor

Ms Kelly said it had been an incredibly difficult year.

"The one thing that I would have to say that I'll be working on is jobs right across the board," she said.

"Whether it be in tourism, whether it be in agriculture, whatever it is, but jobs.

"I am going to fight to get the job done."

Candidates addressed questions on their priorities, including development, tourism and the future of the reef. Picture: Laura Thomas
Candidates addressed questions on their priorities, including development, tourism and the future of the reef. Picture: Laura Thomas

Deb Lawson - One Nation

Ms Lawson said the Hamilton Plains project was the "be all and end all".

"It lets people in and it lets people out," she said.

"The one thing I want to be remembered for is getting that actually done and having people remember me as someone who is actually out with the constituents and not hidden in an office or just coming out when an election is coming up."

Jason Costigan - NQ First

Mr Costigan said he would focus on economic recovery.

"You can talk about Goorganga or Urannah until the cows come home, but unless you have the economic recovery and a commitment, it ain't going to happen," he said.

"If it does, as it said I'll be an old man.

"We can't afford to have the economic recovery starting in the southeast corner under either of the major parties and slowly moving north.

"I say to people it's a very clear choice in this election, particularly given the current political climate with more and more people cheesed off at the major parties."

Note: Greg Armstrong from the United Australia Party was not in attendance. Ciaron Paterson from Katter's Australia Party attended the early stages of the forum but had to leave due to prior engagements.