David Littleproud is tipped to retain the seat of Maranoa at the Federal Election.

Meet the candidates for Groom, Maranoa and Wright

13th May 2019 5:00 AM
UPDATED 18th May 10:06 AM
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WITH the Federal Election today, dozens of candidates are vying for seats in the Toowoomba and Darling Downs region, from independents, to members of the LNP, ALP and minor parties.

Here are the candidates running in the Groom, Maranoa and Wright electorates.

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Groom Candidates:

Dr John McVeigh MP, Federal Member for Groom. Thursday, 11th Apr, 2019.
Dr John McVeigh MP, Federal Member for Groom. Thursday, 11th Apr, 2019. Nev Madsen

John McVeigh - LNP

INCUMBENT LNP MP Dr John McVeigh will vie for his second term in the House of Representatives on May 18.

"This is the most important election in our region for a generation," Dr McVeigh said.

"We have world-class air, rail and road infrastructure developed or under development (in Groom), there are tremendous opportunities for families, for the jobs of the 21st century.

"That's what I've been fighting for, and that's what I've been delivering on."

NO STOPPING: Toowoomba disability advocate Alyce Nelligan will run for the Greens in the upcoming federal election, just months after giving birth to her daughter Alessandra. Ms Nelligan became the first woman in Australia with her disability to give birth.
NO STOPPING: Toowoomba disability advocate Alyce Nelligan will run for the Greens in the upcoming federal election, just months after giving birth to her daughter Alessandra. Ms Nelligan became the first woman in Australia with her disability to give birth. Contributed

Alyce Nelligan - The Greens

Disability advocate Alyce Nelligan will run as the Greens candidate for Groom.

"Fixing the NDIS, raising Newstart, trying to improve people's quality of life is what I'm all about," she said.

"I think people would like to see us take the initiative and address things that matter to them, like cost of living, wages growth, infrastructure, investment in education. Things that impact them every single day.

"People want some diversity in Parliament, they want people who represent them.

"I'm here to offer a fresh perspective and hopefully people will like it."

One Nation Candidate for Groom David King
One Nation Candidate for Groom David King Contributed

David King - Pauline Hanson's One Nation

ONE Nation candidate David King said he wanted to put his hand up to run as the party's Groom candidate as he felt the major parties no longer represented the regions.

"They don't care, it's all for the cities," he said.

"Unemployment issues, water security, electricity prices, fuel prices, housing security and bad roads were some of the main reasons I put my hand up.

"Also I don't want to see business fail because of lack of money in the community. If people aren't earning money, business can't survive.

"I'm an old National party supporter, but they've morphed into the Liberals. They don't look after the regions any more. One Nation brings the old National Party issues to the fore."

United Australia Party candidate for Groom Kenneth Law.
United Australia Party candidate for Groom Kenneth Law. Contributed

Kenneth Law - UAP

United Australia Party candidate Kenneth Law said his main policy positions heading into the election were getting a fast train for Toowoomba and ensuring all the recommendations from a recent PFAS parliamentary inquiry were implemented.

Mr Law said he was also concerned with foreign ownership of property and land in Australia.
 

Perry Adrelius
Perry Adrelius Contributed

Perry Adrelius - Fraser Anning's Conservative National Party

Toowoomba tradesman Perry Adrelius, originally from Sweden, has been selected to run as the Fraser Anning candidate in Groom.

Mr Adrelius runs several pro-Fraser Anning Facebook groups and said he has been interested in politics from a young age.

Mr Adrelius has listed several policy positions on his Facebook page, including changes to Australia's immigration system and withdrawing from the United Nations.

NOW RUNNING: Labor has endorsed Troy Kay for the seat of Groom in the 2019 federal election.
NOW RUNNING: Labor has endorsed Troy Kay for the seat of Groom in the 2019 federal election. Contributed

Troy Kay - ALP

An ALP spokesperson said Troy Kay would be a strong voice for the region.

"Troy understands the importance of locals having access to affordable health services and properly funded schools. He also knows the importance of having access to jobs and earning a fair day's wage," the spokesperson said.

"Scott Morrison and the LNP have tried to hand billions in concessions to big banks while cutting from the very hospitals and schools hard-working locals rely on.

"Troy will fight for our community and put our local schools and hospitals first. He will work with our community and small businesses to improve infrastructure, protect jobs and deliver a fair go for Groom."
 

Maranoa Candidates: 

Anthony Wallis, KAP
Anthony Wallis, KAP

Anthony Wallis - KAP

Anthony Wallis is running for the Katter's Australian Party on an agriculture policy platform.

"Building infrastructure such as dams to guarantee supply of water for industry, irrigation and town water supplies. We need a sensible energy policy," he said.

"We need to make sure we maintain services that we currently have. Stop the shutting down of services like maternity wards.

"I grew up on a farming property on the Western Downs. I managed the family farm for over a decade and have in recent years purchased the property. I love agriculture. I love the Maranoa region."

Linda Little ALP
Linda Little ALP

Linda Little - ALP

LINDA Little is the ALP candidate for Maranoa.

Ms Little lives in Blackbutt on her farm with her husband and two foster children.

If elected, Ms Little said her goal was to advocate for all the constituents of Maranoa and she planned to consult with community organisations and local councils to help improve the lives of all who lived within the electorate.

Ms Little said she was 100 per cent committed to properly funding local schools, healthcare services and delivering job security for the region. She has the community experience and compassion needed to finally get a fair go from Canberra.

David Littleproud, LNP
David Littleproud, LNP Michael Masters

David Littlepround -  LNP

Incumbent MP and Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said Maranoa had given him everything he had.

"I've worked hard and have delivered $4.7 billion for the Maranoa electorate since I was elected in 2016 and I'm keen to do more," he said.

"As a father of three young boys, the ice scourge scares me as I've listened to the heart-breaking stories from mums and dads across Maranoa tell me about how this drug has impacted their community and devastatingly altered their children's lives.

"I'm also keen to build on the infrastructure investment, the 35 new mobile phone towers built, the roads and the spend lift in education, health, mental health and drought support, which I've already delivered.

"I understand the importance of economic development as a means of building a prosperous future for younger generations and developing the capacity of health, education, agriculture, telecommunications and small business sectors."

 

Rosemary Moulden
Rosemary Moulden

Rosemary Moulden - One Nation

One Nation candidate Rosemary Moulden said she wanted to represent this vast area of Maranoa because "in spite of the distance I know if elected I can ensure the Government will act in the best interests of this very diverse and unique community of Australians".

"I intend to campaign on practical water management policies and for lower energy prices," she said.

"I want to see fair constitutional compensation for property owners when land is compulsory acquired.

"I would like essential services to be based on need not numbers, and minimise removal of basic infrastructure.

"One of the biggest challenges facing Maranoa is foreign ownership of land and water, which will impact on Australian food security and clean status."

EmmelineChidley, the Greens.
EmmelineChidley, the Greens.

Emmeline Chidley - The Greens

Greens candidate Emmeline Chidley said she stood for water being prioritised for farming, not mining or fracking.

"I will fight for fairer funding for the regions and improve social services for western Queensland," she said. 

"The Australian Greens are fighting for a fairer future for all of us with plans to introduce dental care into Medicare, undo the privatisation of electricity, cut the costs of living and ensure increased wages. We will stop Adani and all other new thermal coal projects and support farmers in protecting their groundwater.

"We will make education more accessible with free university and TAFE to ensure future generations get the job opportunities they deserve."

Julie Saunders is the UAP candidate for Maranoa.
Julie Saunders is the UAP candidate for Maranoa. Contributed

Julie Saunders - United Australia Party

The United Australia Party has preselected Julie Saunders as its candidate for Maranoa.

The UAP is running on a platform of stopping Chinese investment in Australia, abolishing the Murray-Darling Basin Plan and making interest on home loans tax deductible. 

"I am sick of the current situation Australia is in," she said.

"I am sick of the two governments we vote for and what they are doing. They are not giving us an alternative and they are selling us out to China.

"People are are feeling disillusioned, they fear for our national security."

Fraser Anning's Conservative National Party Maranoa Candidate Darren Christiansen.
Fraser Anning's Conservative National Party Maranoa Candidate Darren Christiansen.

Darren Christiansen - Fraser Anning's Conservative National Party

Darren Christiansen is running for Fraser Anning's Conservative National Party.

He said the major parties had ignored rural Queensland.

"A lot of people in small business and the rural sector are not happy with the major parties," he said.

"(Fraser Anning) is interested in developing regional infrastructure and this struck a chord with me."

This platform includes more dams and water security projects.

"We also need to promote jobs from these developments specifically for young people to keep them in the rural areas," Mr Christiansen said.

"We must find ways to ensure there is better incentives to encourage the next generation to stay on and purchase rural agricultural holdings."

Wright Candidates: 

 

David Wright, United Australia Party, Wright candidate
David Wright, United Australia Party, Wright candidate Contributed

David Wright - United Australia Party (Clive Palmer's party)

David Wright is Clive Palmer's candidate for Wright. 

The former film and TV worker said he was running as it was time for "political change".

"We want an Australia for our kids and grandkids, and we will work with determination to protect it," he said.

"We will protect and defend Australia, for all Australians."

 

Shannon Girard, Greens candidate, Wright.
Shannon Girard, Greens candidate, Wright. Contributed

Shannon Girard - The Greens

Shannon Girard, from Mount Tamborine, says he stands for real action on climate change and fighting for the interests of the community of the people in Wright.

"We need universal health care that includes dental and mental health, fair funding for schools, affordable housing and childcare, and a renewable revolution that will reduce our energy bills and create the jobs of the future," Mr Girard said.

 

Innes Larkin, Independent.
Innes Larkin, Independent. Contributed

 Innes Larkin - Independent

Innes Larkin is an owner/operator of Mt Barney Lodge near Rathdowney in the Scenic Rim.

Mr Larkin is a father, teacher, small business owner and mountain guide.

"I stand for the people of Wright promising not to follow the party line but listen to your story and act according to principles," he said. 

 

Pam McCreadie, Conservative National party candidate for Wright
Pam McCreadie, Conservative National party candidate for Wright Contributed

Pam McCreadie - ALP

Pam McCreadie has lived locally for more than 14 years and with her husband Brett knows there is no better place to have raised their two kids, Lindsay and Isabella.

She is highly active in many community groups including, as an Assistant Instructor and Treasurer of the Jimboomba and Districts Cadets and as a former President of the Jimboomba State School P&C.

Mrs McCreadie said her commitment showed she was passionate about protecting education and health services.

 

Rodney Smith, Conservative National Party.
Rodney Smith, Conservative National Party. Contributed

Fraser Anning's Conservative National Party - Rod Smith

Rodney Smith, of Gatton, was the One Nation candidate for the federal election in Wright in 2016, and state election in Scenic Rim for 2017, but said he had become increasingly frustrated with the lack of meaningful change.

"I joined Fraser's party as it seemed to be disrupting politics in a way that appealed to me," he said.

Mr Smith is a self employed tradesman of 30 years, has been married 35 years, and has four adult children.

 

 

Matthew Tomlinson, Katter's Australia Party (KAP), candidate for Wright.
Matthew Tomlinson, Katter's Australia Party (KAP), candidate for Wright. Contributed

Katter's Australian Party - Matthew Tomlinson

Beaudesert local Matthew Tomlinson believes he also has the knowledge to represent the electorate of Wright in the beneficial ways the residents deserve, and promises to deliver on a mixture of issues facing the agricultural, industrial and environmental aspects of the region.

With a background heavily influenced by farming, Mr Tomlinson says he wants a fairer system for primary producers to continue to deliver their class leading, globally demanded products while profiting from their hard work and innovation.

 

 

Silhouette question mark.
Silhouette question mark. Contributed

Chris O'Callaghan - Pauline Hanson's One Nation

The PHON election promise includes securing affordable energy and living costs, bringing back Australian values and securing water for tough times, including drought.

PHON also aims to commit to improving the overall skills of learner drivers throughout Queensland by implementing a mandatory one-day accredited defensive driving course to the requirements for learner drivers.

 

Scott Buchholz, LNP candidate, Wright
Scott Buchholz, LNP candidate, Wright David Foote

Scott Buchholz - LNP

Since first being elected and every day since, current sitting member Scott Buchholz, of Dugandan, says his focus has been on the people of the Lockyer.

"That is why I am running again, because our region deserves a local focus and a strong voice at the decision making table," he said.

"But there is more to do and I have a plan to do more."

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