WE'RE AFTER YOU RACHEL ALP Faces Renegade Candidates; Union May Run Its Own ,CyLabor' Candidate to Defeat City MP

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WE'RE AFTER YOU RACHEL ALP Faces Renegade Candidates; Union May Run Its Own ,CyLabor' Candidate to Defeat City MP


faces renegade candidates; Union may run its own ,CyLabor' candidate to defeat city MP. E2 I-2PQX-2010DEC07-2-0 EE 290 Public affairs LI English LX 1370 TO Political aspects TO Political activity SB Legislators Political aspects SB Legislators Political activity UT WE'RE AFTER YOU RACHEL ALP faces renegade candidates; Union may run its own ,CyLabor' candidate to defeat city MP. 1K Electrical Trades Union 1K Nolan, Rachel 1K Simpson, Peter FT FULL TEXT CP COPYRIGHT 2010 APN Newspapers Pty Ltd. FL 00038 WC 451 LP Byline: ZANE JACKSON zane.jackson@qt.com.au

ANGER at the privatisation of QR National could lead to a union putting up an independent candidate against Ipswich MP Rachel Nolan at the next election.

Ms Nolan, the transport minister, yesterday said she was ready to take on any challenge from the Electrical Trades Union Co but one political commentator warned such a contest could be "potentially disastrous" for her hopes of re-election.

While some unions last week signalled their intention to work closely with the Bligh Government in the future, the ETU said it would not back down.

ETU secretary Peter Simpson said his members were still fuming at the privatisation of QR National last month, including the 700 workers at the company's Redbank workshops.

Mr Simpson said the possibility of running a candidate against Ms Nolan would be discussed at the union's next conference in May.

He said Ms Nolan's position as transport minister and the "selling out" of Redbank workers in her constituency made her Ipswich seat a target. …

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