Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Bruce Saunders ALP Candidate

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Bruce Saunders ALP Candidate

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A REGIONAL Queenslander and devoted Labor politician, MP Bruce Saunders will always be grateful to his parents for instilling in him the values he now represents.

Mr Saunders, the Labor Member for Maryborough in the Queensland Legislative Assembly since 2015, said this week he left Longreach when he was 18, by which time he had established his own personal standards that would later help mobilise a successful political career.

"The grounding I got from my mother and father is what set me up for life. They were unreal parents, and that's what set me on the right trajectory for life," he said.

He said his interest and zest for politics began when he was eight. "With my father...my father was a candidate in Longreach, in the State seat of Gregory."

Mr Saunders, a father-of-three who later this year celebrates his 39th wedding anniversary, said his own father lived by steadfast social justice values and beliefs, and he had been inspired by his actions and watching him help others in the community.

"He had a motto: You always leave something for the next man following.

"That's the way I was brought up."

Mr Saunders said his upbringing had also motivated him to reinvest in the community, and stand and fight for community and family values.

Known around town as a "traditional Labor man", he said his priorities were housing, jobs, healthcare and education".

"I always put people first. That's not a slogan, that's just what I do. That's something that I do all the time, since I was elected in 2015."

He said a large part of his responsibilities, was to advocate for the region at State and Federal Government levels.

"I'm making sure the we get a fair share of everything that's on offer."

A former radio announcer at Longreach, Gladstone, Rockhampton and Maryborough - and until about a year ago an ice-cream shop owner - Mr Saunders has had 25 years of experience as a small business owner. …

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