Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Analysis Reveals Neumann 'Inactivity' Claims Fall Short of Truth

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Analysis Reveals Neumann 'Inactivity' Claims Fall Short of Truth

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CANDIDATES have rebutted Federal MP for Blair Shayne Neumann's claims earlier this week in which he criticised the apparent lack of council candidate activity in Ipswich.

The QT investigation into candidates' social media activity showed varying degrees of engagement with the community over the past month.

Mayoral candidate Gary Duffy hit back at the MP's comments on social media.

He said most of the candidates announced for next year's election "were paying for our own elections out of our own pockets".

"We have families in bushfires to look after, we have people who are homeless we have to care for, and we have elderly people who cannot pay for basic things like bread and milk who we as community members take care of," Mr Duffy said.

Mr Duffy's policies and political history is available on his website.

According to social media, mayoral candidate Teresa Harding was in the community last in mid-September, surveying business owners at the Top of Town about what they would like done in the area.

"I did some business door knocking in top of town, spoke with six businesses and one former business owner," she said at the time.

Ms Harding's policies, as well as a declaration of interests, are available on her website.

Rosewood-based mayoral candidate Ursula Monsiegneur is lobbying against Lantrak's plan to fill the New Hope mine with building waste and approached the QT earlier this week. She does not, however, run an active campaign Facebook. Peter Luxton, who has previously run for council but is yet to confirm if he will run in 2020, is active on social media, reposting links he believed were relevant to an Ipswich constituency, but he has not posted about community meet and greets or policy.

Former councillor and mayoral candidate Dave Martin was active among the business sphere in the community, attending meetings, and posted regularly about community events but he has avoided strong policy commentary on Facebook. …

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