ELECTION LOOMS: The Federal Election is on Saturday.
ELECTION LOOMS: The Federal Election is on Saturday. Andrew Thorpe

Final word from candidates for seat of Flynn

AS THE Times goes to print, there are less than 48 frantic hours until the election.

We ask the candidates for a final message for Flynn's voters.

Ken O'Dowd, National, Member for Flynn: The choice on Saturday is clear - a Liberal Nationals government that is already building a stronger economy, delivering tax relief, has a plan to secure our future and guarantee the essential services Australians rely on, or a Shorten Labor government that can't explain its economic policies and is planning to slug retirees and workers with billions in higher taxes.

Flynn needs someone with real life experience who stands up, speaks out and fights for the electorate.

Unlike Labor, I strongly support our agriculture, mining and small business sectors and the jobs they support.

I've delivered on all these fronts, while the Liberal Nationals' strong economic management has let us invest record amounts in roads, bridges, schools and hospitals.

I also have a plan to invest even more money into our regional roads and bridges, job-creating projects and health services - which will all be at risk under a Labor-Greens government.

Nationals candidate for Flynn Ken O'Dowd.
Nationals candidate for Flynn Ken O'Dowd. Matt Taylor GLA070319KENO

Zac Beers, Labor, candidate for Flynn: This election, the choice could not be any clearer.

I've spent this election getting out into the community and talking directly with people about the issues affecting them.

The feedback has been clear: locals are sick of missing out on decent quality, properly funded health and education services just because they don't live in a big city.

After six long years of being neglected and ignored, it's clear that it's well and truly time for a change for the Burnett.

Its why Labor is committed to reversing every single dollar of the $7.2 million cut from the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service so that everyone can get the health care they need, no matter where they live.

We ... have committed $24 million towards fixing the John Peterson Bridge, addressing a long overdue local infrastructure black spot.

We're also supporting those doing it tough, with funding for groups like the Mundubbera Community Development Association to deliver emergency relief for locals going through a rough time.

I've fought for these commitments because I don't want to see Burnett locals miss out any longer and, if elected, I'll keep fighting for the Burnett to get its fair share.

Labor candidate for Flynn Zac Beers.
Labor candidate for Flynn Zac Beers. Mike Richards GLA220119NOIL

Jaiben Baker, Greens, candidate for Flynn: Voters have a clear choice this election between the failed politics of the past represented by the major parties and the Greens' positive vision for the future.

The major parties have failed to address our cost of living concerns as well as the inadequate services and lack of job opportunities in our region because they are beholden to their corporate donors. We need a bold, new approach that puts people before profit.

We will help people with their cost of living by cutting power bills through a publicly-owned energy retailer, increase Newstart allowance and the minimum wage, and invest in affordable housing.

We will tackle climate change and create thousands of clean-energy jobs by investing in renewables and support small business by giving them tax incentives to expand, create jobs and give their workers a pay rise.

And we will improve services through Medicare-funded dental care and mental health, full funding of public schools, universal early childhood education, free TAFE and university, and free to low-cost access to essential services like child care, aged care and disability services.

Our plan will also provide $100 million in annual support for drought-affected communities, protect farmers' land with a national ban on fracking, and support farmers with grants to increase production and protect land and soil.

Vote Greens in the House and Senate to clean up politics, ban corporate donations, and put our community interest ahead of corporations.

Greens candidate for Flynn Jaiben Baker.
Greens candidate for Flynn Jaiben Baker. Alex Treacy

Pauline Hanson's One Nation candidate Sharon Lohse and Fraser Anning's Conservative National Party candidate Marcus Hiesler were both contacted for comment.


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