Tempers flare as election heats up in Groom

Bronwyn Herbertson hit out at LNP candidate John McVeigh
Bronwyn Herbertson hit out at LNP candidate John McVeigh

THE race for Groom has heated up in the last days leading up to the election with the two leading candidates criticising each other's party.

Labor candidate Bronwyn Herbertson hit out at LNP candidate John McVeigh saying his party had taken Groom for granted.

"For too long Groom has been ignored by the LNP," she said.

"We lost 22 industries while Ian Macfarlane was industry minister; the foundry closed down.

"If we had someone who cared about industry they could have used their power to support industry but that did not happen."

Ms Herbertson said people in Toowoomba South were disappointed at Mr McVeigh's retirement which led to a by-election.

"People are really cynical and I've had people ring me up to tell me how upset they are that once again they've been taken for granted by Mr McVeigh," she said.

"He alone has cost the Queensland economy the money it will take to run a by-election."

Ms Herbertson said Labor would properly fund education from early childhood to university and would not give tax cuts to big business.

"We're going to make multi-national corporations pay their fair share of tax."

Her LNP rival was quick to strike back and rejected Ms Herbertson's claim that the electorate had been ignored.

Mr McVeigh called her comments "ridiculous and ignorant".

"The $1.6b Toowoomba Second Range Crossing is the biggest inland road project in Australia and was never prioritised by federal or state Labor.

"It took an agreement between the LNP governments to finally get that project under way."

Mr McVeigh said he was also proud that his party had been able to allocate $584m to secure corridors for the Inland Rail project.

He said a Labor election victory would put the brakes on infrastructure and job creation in Groom.

"Labor does not like the regions, farmers and small business and that's what the heart and soul of Groom is.

"We would see our national debt increase.

"In this uncertain time we need to stay with a stable government focused on jobs and growth."

Topics:  candidates election federal election 2016 groom toowoomba

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