Senate team on the road in FNQ

Discovering the concerns and issues of people across FNQ is the focus of the LNP Senate Team and LNP candidate for Kennedy Noeline Ikin as they start a 10 day, 1500 km trip around the north tomorrow.

Led by sitting Senator Ian Macdonald, the Senate team - James McGrath, Matt Canavan, Theresa Craig, and Amanda Stoker will begin their trip with two days at the LNPs Latitudes North conference in Cairns before travelling to the Tableland on Monday.

After the do-nothing-for-the-North budget earlier this week, we are keen to talk to those on the ground about their hopes and plans for the future, Senator Macdonald said.

Should we be re-elected to government, we plan to ready for action, armed with strong, relevant information from the voters about what they need from Government.

Senator Macdonald, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern and Remote Australia said the North had been virtually ignored by the Gillard government, both over its term in power and specifically in this weeks Budget.

It appears that the Gillard government has no interest in the North and, as we saw yesterday, no concern about the looming animal welfare crisis in the North, having refused permission for starving cattle to be agisted on conservation reserves.

Senate candidate James McGrath, who was the campaign manager for the successful Newman election campaign, said that this was his third road trip around the state with the team and every trip had been useful.

Travelling around the state and talking to people about their concerns makes you realise what a diverse state Queensland is, and what a wide range of issues need to be addressed, he said.

Candidate Matt Canavan agreed that the road trips were vital for a full understanding of what was needed in Queensland.

Although I have travelled a lot around Queensland in my previous job with Senator Barnaby Joyce, now travelling as a Senate candidate myself I am learning more about all corners of the state, he said.

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