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Pauline Hanson begin campaigning in Lockyer electorate

Pauline Hanson on the street in Laidley near a poster of her campaign logo of "Never Give Up".
Pauline Hanson on the street in Laidley near a poster of her campaign logo of "Never Give Up". Derek Barry

Coal Seam Gas, public transport and road safety are the issues Pauline Hanson has nominated she will fight on as the candidates began their Lockyer campaign in earnest today.

Ms Hanson was out on the street today, as were the LNP's Ian Rickuss and Labor's Steve Leese as the countdown begins for the Queensland election on January 31.

Ms Hanson attracted the biggest media attention as she visited the main street in Laidley and also toured Gatton Plaza and said she was running hard on CSG.

"The Newman Government and Labor should realise that coal seam gas is allowing multi-nationals to come in, rip the guts out of this county and possibly destroy the water supply," Ms Hanson said.

Ms Hanson also said the fact there was no pedestrian crossing over the Warrego Highway in Withcott and the lack of good public transport to metropolitan areas as issues voters had raised with her.

"Withcott needs a by-pass for school kids, it's too dangerous to cross the highway there," Ms Hanson said.

"We also need to look at an electric rail line to Gatton so that commuters have a clear way of getting down to Brisbane."

LNP MP Ian Rickuss dismisses Pauline Hanson's concerns about coal seam gas.
LNP MP Ian Rickuss dismisses Pauline Hanson's concerns about coal seam gas. Derek Barry

"There are no exploration permits here, there are no coal seam gas wells here and there never will be because of the high quality agricultural land," Mr Rickuss said.

He also said the Withcott pedestrian crossing was removed at Lockyer Valley Regional Council's request in 2011.

"This is an issue that someone elected to the government can take up with the minister after the election to make you we end up with the best result.

Mr Rickuss said the election was about issues not about personalities.

"This is about representing the people of Lockyer which I've done for a number of years now, the hard work through the floods to delivering services and better roads and betterment programs," he said.

Labor candidate Steve Leese was also on the hustings in Gatton today.

The ALP's Steve Leese on the campaign trail in Gatton.
The ALP's Steve Leese on the campaign trail in Gatton. Derek Barry

"People are not happy about the cuts to services, they're not happy about the cuts to jobs and they are not happy about selling off the assets, or privatising or leasing or whatever they want to call it," Mr Leese said.

"If you want someone to stop the sale of the assets, if you want to create jobs, if you want someone to look after the entire electorate of Lockyer, you need to vote for me and the Labor party."

Topics:  ian rickuss, lockyer, pauline hanson, queensland election 2015, steve leese


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