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I wish to it inform JGC members that I have been endorsed to stand as the LNP candidate for the seat of Mt Isa at the next State election.
This decision has not been made lightly as I still own and operate my Livestock Transport business in Richmond, if I'm elected that will most likely mean that Forty years of service to the cattle industry will cease, many good clients who have become personal friends will be looking for an alternative carrier and though that is something I knew would happen one day it all seems so final.
The election isn't scheduled to happen until March next year and I hope to put in place alternative arrangements for my clients when I’m not available, I will be making the most of this final year as a heavy vehicle operator and my commitment to the industry will not diminish in any way.
We have reached a point where the people of this country need a Government that will work with the people and not dictate a hidden agenda, people in primary production need certainty and support for their operations, a new State Government will need to roll back Labor sponsored Bureaucratic interference in our lives which has spiralled out of control.
I believe that a Liberal/National Government will swing the pendulum in the other direction and that has been a factor in my nominating for the seat of Mt Isa, I believe this election will be hard fought, in Mt Isa I will need a swing of 5.7% to the LNP to win the seat, I believe that is achievable and with a lot of hard work and support from the LNP the people will get a friendly and accessible Government.
Vote 1 Mick Pattel
Good on you and the best of luck in your campaign.
We need to turn some of these governments around and get some real support and common sense back into our lives and business.
Congratulations and well done!
I will mail friends up there and let them know:-)
you're right, someone real with real life experience needs to be in charge, not career pollies like ghoulyia.
I'm a long way from Mt Isa geographically Mick but not too far away from you in attitude, so its really great to see you taking this challenge on board. Thanks from this family.
Thank you all for your best wishes, I am rapidly finding it is not as straight forward as I would like however the move has its challenges and that will be interesting.
My posts on this site as president of the NRFA will be few as I need to be mindful of my role within the Liberal/National Party, I must walk a fine line to ensure that my comments are not in conflict with party policy, that is not to say that I will not criticize the direction Labor takes on transport policy, very few on either side of politics would have the level of understanding I have when it comes to transport.
As the candidate for Mt Isa I will have many issues that will need my attention outside transport and as such I will be relying on My Vice President Darryl Pedersen to promote the fight on behalf of the transport industry in my absence.
Again I look forward to staying in touch with the JGC in future and look forward to your support.
Thanks for your best wishes,
The mood in the LNP is very positive and I have been heartened by the support I'm receiving around the electorate, also Campbell Newman is the most positive step forward this State has seen since Joh.
At the moment Queensland is around 50 Billion Dollars in the red and by the time the election happens around May next year we will be 80 Billion Dollars in debt that will be around 540,000 dollars per hour every hour of every day in interest Queenslanders will be paying.
The treasurer Andrew Fraser is saying that they will have the State in surplus by 2013, to do that they will be looking to sell off more assets and increase all government charges and hit the Mining Industry with increased royalties, already we have seen the monstrous increases in Land Taxes and that’s just a start.
As the LNP candidate for the seat of Mt Isa it is my intension to lobby the party to remove the compliance/ Regulations and excessive charges that are crippling industry and consumers, the only cost will be the time we spend in parliament reversing the legislation.
This is an essential direction in which we must go to free up and remove the impediments that are destroying our country, we will then see business confidence explode and with that economic growth will be the salvation of Queensland.
Ian Macrae Yeates said:
How's the campaigning going?
I have circulated Viv Forbes' letter about Mt Isa Mines closing down.
I have been told by Dr John Standley OAM that it is a brilliant letter and he is doing his part to circulate it.