A LABOR comeback campaign for Capricornia is underway.

Yesterday afternoon Rockhampton principal Leisa Neaton was announced as the person who would take on that campaign. She will step up against the LNP's Michelle Landry as the Labor candidate for Capricornia at next year's federal election.

The three-horse race for the ALP position, between former Capricornia candidate Peter Freeleagus, Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow and the new Labor candidate, was largely in favour of Mrs Neaton who won preselection with 85 votes.

Mr Freeleagus received 60 votes while Cr Strelow drew 41 in her favour.

On Friday night, Mrs Neaton received a text message saying the votes were looking positive and very much in her favour. However, a formal announcement wasn't made until yesterday afternoon at a Labor Party meeting down south.

She threw her hat into the ring about 12 months ago when prompted by members of the community and the Labor Party.

Mrs Neaton was keen to campaign for more education investments; particularly for initiatives that improved education programs, created more apprenticeships and allowed easier access to universities.

Neaton has won Labor Party pre-selection for the federal seat of Capricornia. Lisa Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Neaton has won Labor Party pre-selection for the federal seat of Capricornia. Lisa Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

She criticised the Abbott government's stance on education, claiming everyday Australians weren't able to pursue tertiary education endeavours because it cost "$100,000 to do a degree".

She also attacked Ms Landry for not securing enough funding for the post-Cyclone Marcia disaster relief crusade.

"This region does not deserve the LNP's scraps after this region went through one of the biggest natural disasters Central Queensland has seen."

Superannuation and health were also priorities.

Ms Landry responded to Mrs Neaton's attack, saying she was working hard for the region.

"All I focus on when I get to Canberra is my electorate; I don't waste any time. Several Rockhampton and Livingstone infrastructure projects in the State Government's submission for Category D funding did not meet the criteria."

Cr Strelow congratulated Mrs Neaton yesterday, saying she would help her wherever she could be of use.


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