Redcliffe (Labor 6.0%): The Liberal National Party sounded a bit ambitious last week when they promised to deliver a $640 million rail line from Petrie to Kippa-Ring no later than 2016, with or without federal funding and so it has proved, with yesterday’s admission by Shadow Transport Minister Fiona Simpson that the promise was subject to financial constraints and GFC. Andrew Bartlett advises the project was first proposed in the 1890s, and has re-emerged many times since.
Beaudesert (Nationals 5.9%): Farce turned to tragedy yesterday when it emerged that Warwick Capper had neglected to get his nomination in before the deadline. Capper blames Zoo Magazine; Zoo Magazine blames Capper’s self-appointed campaign manager, Mark Jacko Jackson. I personally expected much better of all three.
Toowoomba South (Nationals 11.3%): Peter Pyke, who held the Brisbane seat of Mount Ommaney for Labor from 1992 to 1995, is running as an independent against former Nationals leader Mike Horan. A former police constable, Pyke made a detailed submission on police corruption to the Fitzgerald inquiry and was reportedly in hiding in 1996 after complaining to the Criminal Justice Commission about trumped-up charges laid against him in 1993, for which he was cleared. His invitation for sitting members to join with him in a confederation of independents doesn’t seem to have borne fruit.
Warrego (Nationals 22.7%): The candidates here include Chinchilla meat company owner Wally Gleeson, who came within 96 votes of defeating Nationals member Howard Hobbs in 2001 after outpolling One Nation and Labor.
Mulgrave (Labor 9.8%): Labor’s very own Pitt the Younger, Curtis Pitt, has nominated under his full name: Curtis Warren Pitt, which will appear thus on the ballot paper. Pitt has assumed the Labor nomination on the retirement of his father Warren, member on-and-off since 1989.