Health Minister Lawrence Springborg was in Gatton today to launch Ian Rickuss's campaign for re-election in the seat of Lockyer.
Health Minister Lawrence Springborg was in Gatton today to launch Ian Rickuss's campaign for re-election in the seat of Lockyer. Derek Barry

Lawrence Springborg launches Ian Rickuss Lockyer campaign

HEALTH Minister Lawrence Springborg has launched party colleague Ian Rickuss's bid for re-election in Lockyer saying he stood up for his electorate.

"He is a very strong advocate who knows his community and has been able to effectively represent them," Mr Springborg said.

Mr Springborg was speaking at the Gatton RSL this morning where LNP supporters including Federal MP Scott Buchholz gathered for the Lockyer campaign launch.

The Minister defended the government's record in areas such as education, bikie laws and public transport.

In his own portfolio, Mr Springborg said the health and hospital boards were doing an extraordinary job of local decision making.

"Six thousand people on the long wait waiting list are now down below a hundred, and by the end of the financial year we'll have cleared the long wait for ophthomology, and with no additional resources," he said.

Mr Rickuss said he had delivered for the people of Lockyer on items like the upgrade of the timber rail bridge west of Laidley, Warrego Hwy safety improvements, flood reconstruction projects and a one-stop government shop opening in Gatton in the next month.

"The one stop shop is a first for Queensland, it's a pilot program and it will be great for the area," Mr Rickuss said.

"Plus Laidley gets a kiosk out of it and Plainland gets a kiosk out of it."

He also said biosecurity needed strong management particularly on rabbits and fire ants.

Mr Rickuss then apologised if he offended anyone over his outburst at the Lockyer Doctors on Wednesday.

Mr Rickuss had taken issue with a Medicare petition sent to him which he said was aimed at his Federal counterparts and some clients at the centre said he was abusive to staff, a claim Mr Rickuss denied.

"There has been some information put out on Facebook which has been fairly erroneous but I apologise if I've offended anyone," he said.

"I was getting a lot of flak about Federal Government issues from the Medical Centre but I probably should have been more private in my conversations."


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