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Ken O’Dowd (LNP-Flynn) – Maiden Speech

This is the maiden speech of Ken O’Dowd, the Liberal National Party member for Flynn.

O’Dowd won the Queensland seat at the 2010 federal election, defeating the ALP’s Chris Trevor, who had held the seat since it was created in 2007.

Flynn is based around Gladstone and O’Dowd will sit with the Nationals in Canberra. He secured a swing of 5.82% to win the seat with 53.58% of the two-party-preferred vote.

O’Dowd, 60, has been a self-employed business owner since 1978. He has operated a fuel distributorship, a timber and hardware business, and been a publican and company director. [Read more…]

Ross Vasta (LNP-Bonner) – Maiden Speech No. 2

This is the maiden speech by Ross Vasta, the Liberal National Party member for Bonner.

Bonner, in outer metropolitan Brisbane, was created in 2004 and won by Vasta. He lost the seat to the ALP’s Kerry Rea but defeated her at the 2010 federal election. Vasta polled 52.82% of the two-party-preferred vote and secured a swing against the ALP of 7.35%.

Vasta, 43, has qualifications in Commerce. Prior to 2004, he worked in marketing and management. Between 2007 and 2010, he was business development manager.

This is Bonner’s second maiden speech. [Read more…]