Attorney-General in firing line over 'right wing' agenda
THE man chosen by Labor to take on Jarrod Bleijie at the state election says the LNP has lost touch with the people of Queensland.
Former construction worker and university student Mark Moss has all but received the tick of approval from Labor to contest the seat of Kawana at the next poll. Mr Moss yesterday introduced federal shadow minister for indigenous affairs Shayne Neumann at an ALP function at Birtinya.
While he has not been officially ratified as the party's candidate for the Coast seat, Labor officials said it was a "done deal".
The Attorney-General retained the seat at the 2012 election with 76.4% of the vote after preferences, and Mr Moss faces a tough task to make any inroads.
The Palmer United Party has announced that Member for Yeerongpilly Carl Judge will ditch his Brisbane electorate and contest Kawana.
Mr Moss attacked the anti-bikie laws introduced by Mr Bleijie, saying they were heavy-handed and generated fear in the community.
"I think the LNP doesn't understand the people of Queensland," Mr Moss said.
"I honestly believe you can't send a boy to do a man's job as far as being the Attorney-General.
"It's like buying a house, you want the best conveyancing lawyer when you buy the house, same when you want a criminal or civil lawyer.
"I'm not a lawyer and I don't profess to be. But I do want my Attorney-General to have some experience under his belt."
Mr Moss was born in Brisbane and worked in the construction industry for 20 years before moving to the Coast in 2011.
He is studying politics, international relations and art history at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
President of the ALP Fisher Federal Electorate Council Bill Gissane said: "The more I look at Jarrod, the more I think this bloke (Moss) will take the case to him.
"Jarrod is running an agenda straight out of the Tea Party in America.
"It's very much right wing, tough on crime, no room for discussion or mercy or any of those qualities. It's just trying to look tough all the time."