Labor's Member for Jordan, Charis Mullen.
Labor's Member for Jordan, Charis Mullen. Geoff Egan

New Springfield MP calls for Labor to embrace farmers

IN 1993 an anxious young Charis Mullen walked into the University of Queensland Young Labor Club, hoping to help Paul Keating remain Prime Minister.

The woman who greeted her was Annastacia Palaszczuk. Now, 24 years later, Ms Mullen is the first member for the new seat of Jordan in Ms Palaszczuk's second government.

A long-time political staffer, Ms Mullen admits she did not dream of becoming a politician, but when the opportunity arose to represent the community she lived in she took it.

"People think politics is a machine, but there is a lot of luck to it. If a seat had been established around Springfield earlier I likely would not have run,” she said.

A self-admitted "city girl”, Ms Mullen has called on her party to embrace Queensland's farmers.

Ms Mullen married into a north Queensland farming family and believes Labor has more in common with farmers than has historically been the case.

"In some circles Labor can have a reputation of being the enemy of the farmer. But I think there is a lot we should and can could be doing with farmers,” she said.

Ms Mullen said she wants to prioritise growing the Springfield economy to promote local jobs. She said the region needed to look to industries including health, aged care, technology and advanced manufacturing for the future.

She also promised to remain an advocate for extending the Springfield rail line - but warned the extension needed the Cross River Rail to be viable.

"I believe Cross River Rail is more important to outer metropolitan places like Springfield than it is to the inner-city,” she said.

"It will free up capacity and make extending the Springfield line, or building the Flagstone line, possible.” - NewsRegional


The tragic link between two fatal Burnett car crashes

Premium Content The tragic link between two fatal Burnett car crashes

Burnett police have revealed a tragic link between two fatal crashes that occured...

LNP’s pledge to improve D’Aguilar Hwy safety

Premium Content LNP’s pledge to improve D’Aguilar Hwy safety

WE ALL drive on the D’Aguilar Hwy and it has been the scene of multiple deaths this...

Former Mustang talks bush footy, QLD debut, path to NRL

Premium Content Former Mustang talks bush footy, QLD debut, path to NRL

Rugby League legend Gavin Cooper looks back on how growing up in the bush and...