Pauline Hanson’s One Nation have announced local resident and motor vehicle mechanic Glen Cookson as their candidate for the upcoming state election for the seat of Springwood.
“Mr Cookson has strong local ties to the Springwood Electorate having lived in the electorate for long periods of his life including currently in Shailer Park. He did his schooling at Springwood High, played sport at Rochedale South and currently works as a mechanic in Springwood. Glen knows the electorate and wants to make a difference for the betterment of the wider community” Candidate Coordinator Neil Symes said.
Mr Cookson saw jobs, the economy and cost of living as major issues facing Springwood families that will be the focal point of his election platform.
“Having a trade can take you anywhere, that is why I am proud to be part of the One Nation Queensland Team who values the need for a comprehensive apprenticeship scheme to help young people upskill for the workforce. Local jobs and trades will help keep the community and the economy running in these uncertain times.” Mr Cookson said.
Furthermore, Mr Cookson understands the pressures facing local small business even before the Chinese virus stifled the local economy. “We need the Queensland Labor Government to get out of the way of small business that are already doing it tough, unfortunately the two tired old major parties have overtime placed unwanted regulations and red/green tape that have made businesses go to the wall. If elected, I will work with local business to reduce red/green tape whilst delivering a proper Buy Local to help promote and support Queensland owned businesses.”
It is the first time since 1998 that the seat has been contested by One Nation and shows the dissatisfaction with the two major parties as well as the resurgence of minor party within Queensland since the election of Pauline Hanson and Malcolm Roberts to the Federal Senate in 2016.