Ex-mayor wins Nationals' Preselection for Clarence

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The National party’s candidate for Clarence says he is ready for life in the State Parliament’s infamous bearpit.
Former Maclean mayor Chris Gulaptis won preselection for next month’s by-election at a ballot in Grafton yesterday.
Mr Gulaptis says he has worked on a number of successful campaigns for the party in Queensland recently.
He says funds will continue to flow into the Clarence if another Nationals’ MP is returned.
“So we’ve got $9 million for the Grafton Base Hospital’s orthopaedic ward, $1.2 million for Maclean Hospital as well, $4 million for the Grafton Bridge,” he said.
“So there’s money coming into this electorate right now and it’s important that we continue to serve the people this way and that’s what I’m trying to do as the Nationals’ candidate.”
Labor’s candidate for Clarence is raising the spectre of WorkChoices in relation to his new opponent.
Peter Ellem says Chris Gulaptis was a fan of the Howard government’s unpopular industrial relations policy.
“He’s the man who in 2007 described WorkChoices as a positive move,” he said.
“The Nationals chose a candidate yesterday who will do the bidding of the Liberal Party which has taken control of the new Coalition Government, a Government which is no friend of working people.”

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