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We are out and about in Capricornia talking with locals about their issues and viewpoints.  We want be be sure the Capricornia Electorate knows Labor is listening.

Why is it so hard for families to get ahead today?

My grandparents Walter and Hazel Turner lived in Rockhampton and when I look back now I can't help but wonder what is happening to our standard of living. Wally was a storeman at a local feed and seed company in Rockhampton, 'Redcomb'.  Grandma never worked to my knowledge.  They had a little house in a flood area down in Little Stanley Street, just behind the Saleyards Hotel.  When the rains came down, the waters came up, but never inside the house.  The house's location was handy because Grandad liked a cold beer or three on a Friday night after a week's work.  I recall they had a little car (I think it was a Morris) and that every Saturday they seemed to have a few bob to put on the horses, both locally at Callaghan Park and afar.  I grew up listening to them call out to those horses on a Saturday over the top of the transistor radio.  They lived a simple life.  Grandad's job would be termed as low skill work ...

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The Amazing North of the Electorate

Members of the campaign team visited Mackay, Sarina, Marian, Mirani, Walkerston, Eton, St Lawrence and Ogmore late in September.  Again, the beauty and expansiveness of the Capricornia Electorate had to be seen to be believed.  The fields of cane are a constant reminder of the role sugar has played in the economy of the north and we were treated to a tour of the Sugar Shack in Sarina to learn about how sugar is transformed into the granules that we find in our cups of tea and coffee each morning.  The tour was very informative and really made us realise how much work goes into every spoonful of sugar.

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Volunteers Campaign Roadside

On 19 September our volunteers were out on the roadside near the Kershaw Gardens, building a presence in our community.  We chose this site because it is one of the places which have not seen sufficient investment from the federal government in cylone recovery money.  The gardens, once a great community asset for walkers and families, were badly damaged by Cyclone Marcia in February this year.  As it was an old landfill site, when big trees fell in this significant weather event, their root balls brought a lot of nasties to the surface.  The gardens remain closed, despite council's best efforts to restore them to use.

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Volunteers Campaign Roadside

On 19 September our volunteers were out on the roadside near the Kershaw Gardens, building a presence in our community.  We chose this site because it is one of the places which have not seen sufficient investment from the federal government in cylone recovery money.  The gardens, once a great community asset for walkers and families, were badly damaged by Cyclone Marcia in February this year.  As it was an old landfill site, when big trees fell in this significant weather event, their root balls brought a lot of nasties to the surface.  The gardens remain closed, despite council's best efforts to restore them to use.

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Campaigning, the Canning By-Election and a Change of Prime Minister

Whilst the LNP ousted Tony Abbott and replaced him with Malcolm Turnbull, our volunteers were out and about talking with locals about local issues.  This week we attended   Emu Park's Bell Park Markets.  We discussed concerns that the elderly have with rising medication costs, with one pensioner telling us she was now paying an extra $1.50 each time she filled a script because she had hit her threshold for medication. Lots of locals wanted to talk about their growing concerns for their children, as more and more jobs become casual rather than permanent.  The high cost of living for our young people is meaning their parents are continuing to support them into their twenties and thirties.  Many parents are struggling to pay their own bills as well as their children's.

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Markets at Yeppoon 12/9/15

Our volunteers were out talking to locals about issues of concern on Saturday morning 12 September in Yeppoon.  The Yeppoon community markets provide a relaxed opportunity to talk with voters, with early risers out topping up their cupboards with fresh produce straight from local farms.  When asked about their level of satisfaction with the Abbott Government many locals expressed their disappointment with falling community confidence, instability of jobs, and cuts to education and health.  The elderly were concerned about pensions and cuts to Medicare, whilst families with young children were generally concerned about funding for education and the threats of $100 000 university degrees.

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