Senate debates

Wednesday, 3 April 2019


Federal Election

10:30 pm

Photo of James McGrathJames McGrath (Queensland, Liberal National Party) Share this | Hansard source

I'm disappointed, Senator Ketter. I could speak for 20 minutes on the mystery behaviour of Labor candidates. This is in addition to the hypocrisy of Bill Shorten's Labor candidate for Petrie on saving the North Lakes Golf Club from being sold to developers. It's an issue which the North Lakes community and Luke Howarth have been passionately advocating against. Luke Howarth has been on the community's side on this issue from the start. It was only since Ms Mulholland saw that the community groundswell was starting to grow that she got onside. This is really suspicious, because Ms Mulholland was previously suspiciously silent on this important community issue. Many have said that it may be due to her close relationship with the council.

The choice for locals in Petrie is between two polar opposites. There's Luke Howarth, who has been working hard and delivering for his constituents. Luke Howarth was a tradie who grew up in Bracken Ridge, who taught at the local judo club and has run his own business. It's Luke Howarth who understands the hard work that goes into providing for and raising a family. He'll always be there for the people of Petrie, making sure it's easier for them to get ahead. Or there's Bill Shorten's Labor candidate. The Labor candidate's been taking advantage of ratepayer money and working for Labor on the clock. The Labor candidate who's never worked outside of the—


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