Costigan makes maiden speech
STATE member for Whitsunday Jason Costigan may be the envy of his fellow MP's after calling himself the "member for paradise" in his maiden parliamentary speech.
Mr Costigan addressed the 54th Queensland parliament for the first time last Wednesday in what he described as a chance for MP's to explain "what makes them tick and what their vision is for the electorate they represent".
After introducing himself and giving a brief synopsis of his life so far, Mr Costigan acknowledged the support of friends, family, voters and political peers, and spoke of his "burning passion" for the electorate he now represents.
"If there is one thing I will be doing in this job, it is fighting for our fair share as I stand up for the people of Whitsunday, including those people who did not vote for me.
"I particularly hope to reach out to the bushies and the battlers, people in small business, tradies and pensioners - the "forgotten people" in the words of Sir Robert Menzies," he said. "That is the principal reason I stand here in the house today - in the hope of making a difference, to make the system better."
Mr Costigan now has a big job ahead of him having also been appointed to two committees over the past couple of weeks.
The first is a committee for agriculture, resources and environment, which is one of seven portfolio committees created by the new state government to review legislation. The second is a tourism committee consisting of eight backbenchers, established as an initiative of the new tourism minister Jann Stuckey.
Mr Costigan described himself as "delighted" with his new appointments and said he looked forward to making a positive contribution and achieving good policy outcomes.
"We've got to come up with better policies and I believe the LNP does have better policy and then some - and that's why we got elected," he said.