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CANDIDATE FOR STRADDIE

PROMINENT CANDIDATE! AMANDA STOKER LIBERAL NATIONAL PARTY CANDIDATE FOR STRADDIE AND OODGEROO One of Australia’s best known politicians and media personalities, Amanda Stoker, could soon represent North Stradbroke Island in the Queensland State Parliament. The Liberal party in Queensland has announced Ms Stoker as its candidate for the seat of Oodgeroo in next year's Queensland state election, standing in place of the retiring sitting MP Mark Robinson. Amanda Stoker has had an impressive career. She joined Federal Parliament as a senator for the Liberal National Party (LNP) in 2018 after working as a barrister for more than a decade. She was appointed assistant minister to the attorney-general in 2020, as well as taking on the titles of assistant minister for industrial relations and assistant minister for women in 2021. She lost her Federal positions when the Coalition was defeated at the last Federal Election. Since then Amanda Stoker has made a name for herself in the media via Sky News. She currently hosts the Sunday with Stoker program on Sky News. As a Barrister, Amanda Stoker went on to serve as a Commonwealth prosecutor as well as a judge’s associate to Phillip McMurdo in the Supreme Court of Queensland and to Ian Callinan in the High Court of Australia. In a statement Ms Stoker said she wanted to deliver the change Queensland "so desperately needs". "As someone who talks with a lot of Queenslanders, it is clear the Palaszczuk Labor government has lost its way," she said. "We need a government that will stem the chaos at the Redland Hospital, take youth crime seriously, improve housing supply, and reduce cost pressures for local families." LNP leader David Crisafulli said Ms Stoker would bring a wealth of experience to the role. "As a former senator, Amanda has a proven track record of serving Queenslanders," Mr Crisafulli said. "She has worked tirelessly over many years for our state.” The LNP's long-time Oodgeroo MP, Mark Robinson, announced in June his intention to step down from the seat in Brisbane's east. (Elements of this story have been obtained from several internet sources. Pix courtesy The Courier Mail)

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