The Westerner

MPs ready following blue sweep

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Source: Lee Oliver

Dale Shuttleworth, Seath Holswich and Tim Mander are the new members for Ferny Grove, Pine Rivers and Everton.

Dale Shuttleworth, Seath Holswich and Tim Mander are the new members for Ferny Grove, Pine Rivers and Everton.

Tim Mander, Seath Holswich and Dale Shuttleworth are ready to serve the community after cruising to victory at last month’s Queensland election.

The new MP elects for Everton, Pine Rivers and Ferny Grove each received more than 50 per cent of the primary vote as the Liberal National Party (LNP) swept Labor from office in The Westerner region.

“I was surprised by the margin as I think were many MPs across the state in similar circumstances,” Mr Mander said.

“I think it’s a real jolt and a reminder to politicians not to take the electorate for granted.

“I’ll be making the effort to get out in the community and meeting with the people...  and making myself available to hear about the most pressing issues.”

Mr Holswich agreed that voters had sent a strong message to all politicians.

“It was obviously a message to the Labor Government, but there was also a message to us as well, that the voters of Queensland and the voters of Pine Rivers... have put us on notice to make sure we deliver on the promises and commitments that we’ve made,” he said.

“There are a lot of issues, particularly locally, that need to be dealt with.

“There is that pressure that people want action and they want to see it straight away.”

Former Labor MP for Kurwongbah, Linda Lavarch, said the party needed to regroup.

“It isn’t a time for recrimination, it’s a time to start to analyse what this means and to rebuild,” Ms Lavarch said.

“The polls said it all leading up to the election, that there was a combination of factors that had made people keen for change.

“Locally the size of the swing (to the LNP) certainly surprised me... and it was certainly an interesting result for the entire state.”

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