Minister for State Development Cameron Dick and Labor candidate Zac Beers at Gayndah Hospital.
Minister for State Development Cameron Dick and Labor candidate Zac Beers at Gayndah Hospital. Alex Treacy

Beers hits the campaign trail in North Burnett

LABOR candidate for Flynn Zac Beers has begun his North Burnett election blitz, door-knocking in Biggenden, Mundubbera and Gayndah, as well as dropping in to the Gayndah Show on Saturday.

Mr Beers said he and his campaigners, who wear distinctive red and white raglan shirts, were at one point mistaken for vegan activists at the show.

"It was good to get in there and have a steak burger and make it very clear about where we sit,” Mr Beers said.

The candidate said the weeks leading in to the election are all about listening to constituents.

"I think that's really what's missing from politics today, politicians and representatives who actually listen to the community and focus on the issues that are important to them,” he said.

Mr Beers said he will be campaigning on a platform of supporting regional services, particularly in health and education.

"Kids here and people that live here deserve the same access and the same opportunities as anywhere else,” he said.

"It's not as if you can just jump on the bus and go to Bundaberg for those services, it's not as if kids can just go down the road to another school.”

Mr Beers said the Federal Government's desire to lower the company tax rate would result in "bigger profits for banks and multinationals.”

"We know that's not going to go into extra jobs, all it's going to do is fatten their bottom line at the expense of services,” he said.

Mr Beers said he doesn't resent being made to sign a candidate's pledge by the CFMMEU.

"I've read the pledge and I support the pledge, if it didn't reflect my values I wouldn't sign it,” he said.

Mr Beers said a particular focus for Labor in the industrial relations sector would be ending the casualisation of the workforce and unfair labour hire practices, particularly in the mining industry.

”It's harder to get a fair share of the wealth you're creating when every day you may end up that you don't have a shift tomorrow or you won't have a job because you're a casual employee,” he said.

He said the practices are "destroying” communities in the Central Highlands.

He said his party plans to combat this with their 'Same Work, Same Pay' policy and redefining casual employment within the industrial relations system.

Mr Beers said he is not concerned about his young age and union background.

He said two-and-a-half years working for Queensland Alumina Limited in Gladstone doing shift-work, including painting and scaffolding, gave him a "good appreciation” of the issues facing workers.

Mr Beers has emailed Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd requesting a candidate's debate.


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