Labor candidate Yvette D’Ath says Redcliffe locals are as upset with disgraced former LNP MP Scott Driscoll as they are with Premier Campbell Newman.
The Redcliffe state by-election will finally give locals a chance to be heard after two years of neglect by Queensland’s LNP, Labor’s candidate says.
Yvette D’Ath launched her campaign for the seat of disgraced former Liberal National Party MP Scott Driscoll on Sunday, hoping to win the seat for Labor.
The former federal MP says Redcliffe was not only neglected by Mr Driscoll, but also by Premier Campbell Newman.
“People are very angry about what happened with Scott Driscoll and the fact that Campbell Newman stood beside him for so long and defended him,” Ms D’Ath told reporters at the Redcliffe Dolphins Rugby League Club.
“But it’s much more than that, what people are angry about is what Campbell Newman has done to this community over the last two years – the services he has ripped out of this community, the attack on our health sector.”
She called on Mr Newman to release lists of all the health worker positions that have been abolished since he came to power, broken down into regions and hospitals.
“So these allegations that nurses are lying when they are being sacked can, once and for all, be put to bed and we can see exactly how many positions we’ve lost in our local hospital and across the region,” Ms D’Ath said.
Her opponent is LNP candidate Kerri-Anne Dooley, a nurse who worked at the Redcliffe hospital.
The Redcliffe by-election is due to be held on February 22.