Federal election candidate for the seat of Flynn, Steve Ensby, standing for the Palmer United Party.
Federal election candidate for the seat of Flynn, Steve Ensby, standing for the Palmer United Party. Luka Kauzlaric

Replay live chats with Steve Ensby and Ken O'Dowd

WE all have a question or two that we would like to ask each of our local federal election candidates, and The Observer has been giving readers the chance to do just that.

On Wednesday we hosted a live chat online with Palmer United Party candidate Steve Ensby from 1-2pm and with sitting LNP member Ken O'Dowd from 2.30-3.30pm.

To replay what happened all you need to do is scroll down to the chats at the end of this story.

Steve Ensby, PUP:

Mr Ensby says one of his main focuses is on recent flooding.

"If elected, some of the important issues that I'd like to address include insurance. The recent natural disasters have left many people now facing dramatically increased premiums or ineligible for appropriate cover," he said.

"If appropriate legislative reforms cannot be agreed with industry, then I would look at creating a new government insurance office."

Mr Ensby, 34,  is a businessman from Mt Morgan. He is involved in the polythene manufacturing industry and has a registered cattle and land business.

Click here for our full election coverage, and here for a guide to the seat of Flynn. To view our Pollie Ticker videos, where candidates have 60 seconds to put their case, click here.



Ken O'Dowd, LNP:

Mr O'Dowd won the seat of Flynn at the last election, and is a member of the Liberal National Party. 

Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd.
Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd. Tom Huntley

He says he has five objectives he'll aim for if re-elected.

"To eliminate as many mobile phone black spots as possible in Flynn," he said.

"I want to get a fast broadband service to all areas of the electorate by the year 2016.

"I want to continue to improve aged care facilities, hospitals and address housing and unemployment issues.

"I want to see ongoing and increased investment in the Bruce Highway, local roads and ongoing projects.

"And I want to get rid of the carbon tax, the MRRT and red tape to keep local businesses afloat and give them every chance to succeed."