Butcher doesn't mince his words in beef against Frecklington
GLADSTONE MP Glenn Butcher has lashed out at Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington's claims he is taking the electorate for granted.
The war of words comes after Ms Frecklington made a short stop in Gladstone on Tuesday to discuss all things Central Queensland.
The Opposition Leader was asked by The Observer whether the LNP would take the seat of Gladstone more seriously after Chay Conaglen was a candidate in 2017.
Mr Conaglen copped a hiding by Mr Butcher - and One Nation candidate Amy Lohse - at the November 25 election.
Mr Butcher received 17,307 primary votes - 11,810 votes ahead of Ms Lohse and 14,194 ahead of Mr Conaglen - representing 64.30 per cent of the electorate to make Gladstone one of the safest seats in the state.
Mr Conaglen's campaign was stalled from the beginning, quite literally, as his Ford Fiesta had a flat battery preventing him from driving from Rockhampton until the morning of his campaign launch.
The next state election is set for October 31, 2020.
"The LNP will put a candidate in every seat and will work very hard to earn the trust of the people of Queensland in the upcoming state election," Ms Frecklington said.
"We get this region and we know how important, for example, the port is to a place like Gladstone.
"We know how important industrial areas around Gladstone are.
"We know how important resources, agriculture and tourism industries are.
"We believe we can certainly give Glenn Butcher a good shake-up and we're more than happy to do that.
"This is a local member that is increasingly taking Gladstone for granted."
Mr Butcher didn't mince his words at Ms Frecklington's comments, describing the state LNP leader as "an absolute joke" while defending his record since being elected in 2015.
"That just goes to show how out of touch Deb Frecklington is with working areas like Gladstone," Mr Butcher said.
"She knows full well I've delivered the Calliope High School in her member's electorate of Callide, Colin Boyce."
Mr Butcher listed a handful of his achievements for Gladstone including the hospital's emergency department upgrade, the introduction of the biofuels industry, hydrogen strategy, record exports at the Port of Gladstone and countless grants and other projects.
"She also knows full well they've never run a fair-dinkum candidate in this electorate and on top of that I've also spent $40million in the seat of Callide in bridge replacements," Mr Butcher said.
"She's an absolute joke if she thinks I'm letting this community down."
Mr Boyce said the Labor Party was on notice following the recent federal election.
The Observer understands any potential LNP candidate for next year's state election wouldn't be decided until the new year.