Queensland Community Alliance - State Election Forum: Stafford

Helping Queenslanders fight for a fairer and better life through the issues that matter to them
Date and Location
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 11:00am to 2:00pm
Queen of the Apostles Roman Catholic Church
70 Appleby Road
Stafford QLD 4053

Local issues take centre stage in Stafford as Labor, LNP and Greens candidates face community next Sunday.
The Queensland Community Alliance, a non-partisan coaliton of the largest faith, union and community and ethnic associations in South East Queensland, is inviting Stafford locals to join an assembly for the Stafford electorate.


Stafford’s current Labor MP, the Hon Anthony Lynham, LNP candidate, Mr Ed Sangjitphun, and Greens candidate, Mr John Meyer, have all confirmed they will attend the assembly on Sunday 12 November at the Queen of Apostles Catholic Church on Appleby Road in Stafford.
“We’ve heard so many powerful stories from voters who are disillusioned and angry -- so we will be asking candidates to commit to work with us on solutions to hospital parking costs, better jobs and inadequate aged care and mental health care,” said Rev Yvonne McRostie, local Alliance leader and Minister at St Paul’s Uniting Church.


“In the last two years we’ve fought hard and won parking concessions at the Royal Prince Charles Hospital that became a blueprint for cheaper parking in all Qld hospitals. We want these concessions to continue and that they help the people who need them most,” she said. The Stafford region was one of the first communities to embrace the community organising methods of the Alliance. Alliance leader and Queen of Apostles parishioner, Mr Gary McLean, said “A?er several years fighting for local issues, the Alliance formally launched two state-wide campaigns at our Founding Assembly in front of the Premier and a full house at City Hall in August this year.
Premier Palaszczuk publicly pledged to support the Alliance and their campaigns: for better mental health, aged care and disability (NDIS) care; and for an end to worker exploitation and access to vocational training. “It was an incredible night. Hundreds bussed in from as far south as Beenleigh and as far north as Nambour,” said Mr McLean.
“The Founding re-affirmed our commitment to figh?ng for the common good of Queensland,” said Rev McRostie, “so at the Stafford Assembly we will ask each candidate to make a promise to work on these issues. We’re interested in building a good relationship with whoever wins and a stronger local community that cares.”


The Alliance will hold its next assembly in the Springwood electorate where they have strong community engagement following years of campaigning for improved public transport and maternity care. Other electorate assemblies and meetings with MPs and Candidates are being planned for the coming weeks.

Contact Details
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Dave Copeman