WIDE Bay Australian Labor Party Federal candidate Nikolee Ansell was in Gympie this week meeting and greeting in Mary Street and getting a feel for the issues residents are most concerned about.
A Cooroy resident herself, Ms Ansell said she could offer Wide Bay “a seat at the table of government”, as opposed to the current situation with the electorate represented by a minor party.
While she hasn’t run for Federal Government before, Ms Ansell isn’t a newcomer to politics, having been involved in local government in the past.
“I don’t feel represented by the Nationals in any way and disagree with the party platform. I feel the ALP is the way to ‘move forward’,” she said.
“Three years in government is not a long time. I think whilst the ALP has achieved an enormous amount, the nation needs another term to reverse the inequities of the Howard era.”
Saying the realm of social justice hadn’t enough attention under a conservative government, Ms Ansell said she joined the ALP as its social justice ethic suited her.
On that subject, Ms Ansell said the ALP was announcing some wonderful things for health and education and she hoped Wide Bay would get its share.
Her opinions on Julia Gillard taking over leadership of the ALP were summed up with the nation should “move forward quickly”.
“I really like (Gillard’s) leadership style, its fantastic.”
To ‘move forward’ Wide Bay needed to “get on the map” by “grabbing the nation’s attention” and choose a “seat in government” or continue to be represented by the nationals who stood for the region for the past 22 years.
Being a redhead like Gillard herself, Ms Ansell said she would make the most of her red hair power – determination.
“It’s a bit of fun, but a part of who I am,” she said.
Her website is under construction but should be available in the next day or two.