Name: Murray Watt
Party: Australian Labor Party
Occupation: State Member for Everton
Bio: Murray and his wife Cynthia live in Mitchelton with their
two young children. In 2009 he was elected as the Member for Everton and is
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer. He has Commerce and Law degrees from
the University of Queensland. After working in retail and hospitality
throughout university, Murray’s career started as a lawyer, representing small
businesses, and people who had been unfairly sacked or underpaid. He was
Premier Anna Bligh’s Chief of Staff for five years, helping bring in the prep
year of school and deliver massive infrastructure projects. He enjoys playing
with his kids, reading and watching sport.
What do you think
are the most important issues for Everton this election?
Our community deserves an MP who will fight for us, on every
issue. I have a track record of standing up for our area, by tackling
congestion, improving our schools and hospitals, keeping our community safe,
and fighting to relieve cost of living pressures. Locals can be sure I will
always be a hard working, strong voice for us. In contrast, my LNP opponent has remained silent on key issues of
importance to our area like congestion and improving local schools.
how will you help to improve the state’s health and education systems?
As a father of two, I understand it’s important to give our
kids the best start in life. I’ve
secured over $20M in new facilities and other funding for every local school
and got Government funding for 11 new kindergartens in our area. If re-elected,
I will continue to fight for the best deal for our local schools.
I have also worked hard to deliver improvements at
Chermside’s Prince Charles Hospital, including a new ward for hip surgery, and
a new Children's Emergency Department. This service opens mid-year, and will provide
great emergency care for local families, even closer to home.
What are your
main policies on employment and the environment?
As a lawyer, I
represented people who had been unfairly sacked. This means I care deeply about
helping people keep their jobs.
The Bligh Government is
well on the way to meeting our target of creating 100,000 new jobs in this term
of office, despite difficult economic times. I have supported the Government’s
programs to train and employ people who have lost their jobs..
I am a strong supporter
of local environmental groups such as Kumbartcho Sanctuary and Bunyaville
Environmental Centre. Labor has also
promised to protect our wild rivers and our best farming land from coal seam
What do you think have been your main contributions to Everton?
From Day 1, I have fought hard for our area, to:
Fix major road intersections
at Albany Creek, Everton Park and Enoggera;
Resurface Old Northern Rd,
Eatons Crossing Rd, South Pine Rd and Samford Rd;
Improve public transport,
with more bus services and duplicating the Ferny Grove rail line, to allow for
more regular train services;
Secure over $20M in new
facilities and other funding at every local school and got Government funding
for 11 new kindergarten services in our area; and
Keep our community safe by
stopping local pubs trading till 5am.
If re-elected, how would you improve Everton in the future?
I pledge to continue working hard for our community, to
build on what I’ve achieved in the last three years. We need someone who will fight for us, not someone who will
remain silent on things that matter.
If re-elected, my priorities will be:
to improve our local roads and public transport;
to provide the best schools and hospitals;
our community safe; and
to relieve cost of living pressures.