FORMER Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Wayne Swan MP spoke to a crowd of loyal Gympie Labor supporters and guests at the RSL last Saturday morning, in support of State Labor Candidate for Gympie Stephen Meredith.
Mr Swan spoke about some of the highlights of his career in federal politics which had led him to writing his book The Good Fight.
He gave a powerful and sometimes humorous speech, of the highs and lows of federal politics and being the Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer.
He mentioned that one of the highlights of his trip to Gympie was travelling on the new section of the Bruce Hwy and looking at the current progress.
Mr Swan emphasised that this notorious part of the highway had been neglected for far too long by previous governments and he was proud to be part of the Federal Labor Government that played a valuable part in providing funding and commencement of safer roads for the region.
He went on to talk about his parents and parts of his life, growing in Nambour. He made mention of having fond memories of playing football against Gympie in the Wide Bay competition.
In thanking Mr Swan for giving of his time and in appreciation of his support, Labor candidate for Gympie Stephen Meredith said that the Gympie region was hurting due to the dramatic rise in the cost of living and the cuts to health, education and other essential services in region by the current government.
It is time to send a clear message that it deserved better, he said, and for this reason he had decided to stand at the upcoming state election.