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Monday, 9 February 2015
Page: 56


Dr CHALMERS (Rankin) (13:29): A very special thing happened the Saturday before last in my community and right around my home state of Queensland. In my own area it was best captured by the headline from The Logan Reporter 'Labor wins back Logan'. It was a very proud day for our community. It was a spectacular outcome that saw swings in favour of Labor of between 13 and 22 per cent in the six state seats represented within the Rankin electorate that cover the northern end of Logan City and some of the southern suburbs of Brisbane.

I am really looking forward to working with six tremendous, community minded people: Mick de Brenni in Springwood, Duncan Pegg in Stretton, Leeanne Enoch in Algester, Linus Power in Logan, Cameron Dick in Woodridge and Shannon Fentiman in Waterford. I want to congratulate Annastacia Palaszczuk and her team for the tremendous effort they put in and Anthony Chisholm and all the team in the party office for their campaign and strategy. I want to thank branch members and supporters for all of the work they did. Most of all, I want to thank the people who make up my community for standing up and speaking as one, for sending a message that the arrogance, division and unfairness that characterise both the former Newman government in Queensland and the current Abbott government nationally are not the way forward for my community, for my state of Queensland or for this nation.