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New Labor candidate for Dawson electorate

NEW CANDIDATE: Browyn Taha, pictured with her husband Darin and children Aiden and Sasha, has won endorsement to contest the seat of Dawson at the next Federal election.
NEW CANDIDATE: Browyn Taha, pictured with her husband Darin and children Aiden and Sasha, has won endorsement to contest the seat of Dawson at the next Federal election.

THE Labor candidate for the seat of Dawson at the next federal election will be Bronwyn Taha.

Ms Taha previously worked as electorate officer for the former Labor Member for Whitsunday, Jan Jarratt and is also a former hospitality worker and community volunteer.

Ms Taha is currently a member of the Midge Point State Emergency Service (SES).

She worked in Jan Jarratt's office for about six years, previously owning the "Where Else" restaurant in Proserpine.

Ms Taha will contest the seat of Dawson currently held by George Christensen.

Mr Christensen said the new candidate needed to answer questions about why the Labor Party supported the carbon tax and other government imposts that had contributed to the mining downturn and which are costing jobs locally.

Ms Taha said she "totally disagreed" that the carbon tax had caused a mining downturn and said the price on carbon was affecting the big polluters, not individual households.

The election is due sometime in the next 12 months and Mr Christensen said the "sooner the better".

"Until the election date is called, I'm going to continue doing my job, which is to stand up for people and communities in the electorate of Dawson and to hold a bad government to account," Mr Christensen said.

Ms Taha said she would be working hard to win the seat back for Labor.

"I commit to offer the people of Dawson a real choice next year," she said.

She said she was from the same working class background as many people of the electorate and was acutely aware of what many families were facing in today's current economic climate. She said she was primed to deliver on Labor's commitment to funding education, health, the NDIS and community infrastructure.

"I am doing this because I am very passionate about it. You need to be able to relate to everyday people from all walks of life and I know I can do that," she said.

She said she would start the campaign by touring the electorate, visiting local community groups and businesses and organising a series of meet the candidate forums.

"The truth is that the people of Dawson deserve better representation than what the current Member has offered to date"

"Engaging in publicity stunts and being regularly excluded from parliament, does not put more money into our highways, schools and hospitals. It does not deliver for Dawson." she said.


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