Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Tough Election Fight for Landry

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Tough Election Fight for Landry

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CONGRATULATIONS to Michelle Landry for winning the LNP pre-selection battle to contest Capricornia.

I will admit I didn't expect to see her in this position, considering how many people initially put their hand up for the shot at the Labor stronghold.

Ms Landry, in my opinion, did not have the depth of policy knowledge in 2010 to counter long-standing member Kirsten Livermore's experience and political toughness.

Even though she did well to secure an 8.4% swing, I thought Ms Landry was thrown into the 2010 contest without sufficient preparation.

The big question now is: Has she learnt enough from that experience and the past two years to fortify her with the weaponry to defeat Ms Livermore?

It goes without question that the LNP has faith in her, as Ms Livermore is considered to be at serious risk of losing the seat due to the unpopular Gillard government policies Co such as the mining and carbon taxes.

I have been a close observer of all Ms Livermore's election campaigns since 1998 and the only candidate to seriously challenge her on the hustings was crocodile farmer John Lever. …

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