Townsville-born firefighter and former soldier John Ring was endorsed by the Labor Party to contest Herbert’s seat in the next Federal election.
John has spent more than 14 years with the RAAF and currently works at Townsville Airport as an aviation firefighter.
The father of three and the elderly Ignatius Park boy said he feels privileged to have the opportunity to run for election in his hometown today.
“I know we have a lot of hard work ahead of us and I am fully committed to doing my best to highlight local issues and get a better deal for our area,” Mr Ring said.
“We’re not getting the leadership we deserve from the Morrison Government, it’s all about spin.
“The government has failed to popularize vaccines, failed in aged care and veteran support, and failed to provide adequate economic support to our communities.
“Our city and residents deserve better for our community than a lawmaker who is failing and watching more government cuts while he is busy doing politics.”
“I am a local who loves my hometown, and with my 15 years of experience at the RAAF, I believe I have a strong understanding of the issues facing our wider community and our serving men and women.”
Mr Ring said the Government’s attempt to cut aviation firefighting services in Australia inspired him to consider running.
“Together with many of my firefighter colleagues, we have struggled hard to prevent the continuation of the cuts that threaten to leave airports in the regional QLD without a deployed firefighting capacity at the airport.
“This was an important moment for me and I wanted to do something about it for the regional communities.”
“Herbert is a voter who needs an MP willing to fight for regional Queenslanders,” said Labor leader Anthony Albanese.
John will be a champion for better healthcare for his community and a strong advocate for good local jobs in the region.”
“Under a Labor Government, we will always ensure Townsville gets its fair share and regional Queenslanders have a say in Government.”