By HARRY CLARKE
THE Australian Labor Party has announced Barcaldine local Dave Kerrigan as the party’s candidate for the seat of Maranoa in the upcoming federal election.
Maranoa, which covers Queensland’s vast south west spanning from Nanango in the east to Birdsville in the west, is the fourth largest electorate in the Australian Commonwealth.
It’s also the Liberal National Party’s strongest seat. Current MP, deputy National Party leader David Littleproud, secured 56 percent of Maranoa’s primary vote at the 2019 election and currently holds a 25.5 percent margin.
Mr Kerrigan has in the past made bids for government office at both a state and federal level. He ran against Mr Littleproud in 2016 and was Labor’s candidate for the Queensland seat of Gregory at the 2017 and 2020 elections.
Mr Kerrigan has spent four decades living in Barcaldine and works in rural health.
He said rural communities had been neglected under the Morrison Government and that more investment in manufacturing was necessary to keep local jobs.
“I put my hand up so I can deliver a better future for the people of Maranoa by making healthcare more accessible, creating secure jobs for locals, and investing more in education and skills,” he said.
MARANOA ELECTORATE / IMAGE: Australian Electoral Commission