LIFE ADVICE: LNP leader, Deb Frecklington joined Matt in the studio for a live Coffee Chats interview.
LIFE ADVICE: LNP leader, Deb Frecklington joined Matt in the studio for a live Coffee Chats interview. Contributed

PODCAST: Frecklington's lighter side

POLITICIANS are constantly in the public eye but ironically we rarely see the person behind the politician.

In their in-studio Coffee Chat, Deb Frecklington shares with Matt a side of the state Opposition Leader few get to see.

They discuss her sometimes confusing name, her past jobs, what will change for Ms Frecklington and her family if, or when, she becomes premier of Queensland. And what she really thinks of the haters who hide behind their keyboards.

LISTEN: Get the podcast with Deb Frecklington here.

 

Matt Collins:

When did it stop being Deborah and start being Deb?

 

Deb Frecklington:

When I married Jason with the last name Frecklington. I think I just shortened it because Frecklington is so long.

 

MC:

There is enough syllables in there as it is.

 

DF:

But when I got in to politics I had to really decide. We had to get the name sorted before I put it on a corflute. So Deb Frecklington rolls off the tongue.

 

MC:

Because you couldn't fit anything else on the sign.

 

MC:

A lot of Debs don't like Debbie.

 

DF:

I hate it. I hate Debbie. My family still all call me Debbie.

 

MC:

You weren't always in politics. You had a solicitors firm in the South Burnett. When did you think of stepping into the world of politics?

 

DF:

As a local lawyer, I did a study on how to retain professionals in the bush. So I got quite involved in local community. I started to work with people to get more services into the region and it just flowed from there. One of the things people used to say to me was, if you are going to whinge from the sidelines, you may as well do something about it.

 

MC:

I mean no disrespect when I ask this question, but as the opposition leader, is a big part of your role just you picking the faults of the party in power?

 

DF:

Absolutely. The good thing about Australia is we have this wonderful thing called democracy. And that means we will always have a party in opposition to hold the government to account. So my job and my team's job is to make sure that the state's government are doing the job they have been elected to do.

 

MC:

What advice would you give to a younger Deb Frecklington?

 

DF:

I would say to that person just keep going. Be prepared for anything and open your mind to anything. When I started in politics I never for one second imagined that I would be in this position as leader of the opposition. But I have revelled in it and I love it. I'd say take every challenge head-on and don't be afraid of the haters.

 

MC:

There are some haters Deb?

 

DF:

Yeah, but it's funny though because there are about three who are very vocal on social media. They are very critical. They are keyboard warriors. But in a way it is good to get the balance.

 

MC:

It's like having an opposition leader, right? You've got your own opposition leaders.

 

MC:

What changes for you if, and when, you become premier of Queensland?

 

DF:

Well, of course the role as premier of the state is a huge role. But probably time-wise and family-wise, not a great deal different to how much I am away now. One thing I think would be exciting for the region is when all the bids come in for where the money should go there is going to be huge focus for the South Burnett, I'll tell you that.

 

MC:

What is the ultimate goal for Deb Frecklington?

 

DF:

I will be happy if I have been able to have an ability to help on a really local level. While I have this fantastic job, but I have been able to do things like there is a man who has been on the dental wait list and he got lost for about 11 years and he now has new teeth. I saw him at the Nanango Markets on the weekend.

 

MC:

Smiling away.

LISTEN; Get the full podcast with Deb Frecklington here.