Bruce Diamond at the 2016 Rockhampton Regional Council Mayoral Debate held at the Pilbeam Theatre. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Bruce Diamond at the 2016 Rockhampton Regional Council Mayoral Debate held at the Pilbeam Theatre. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

Bruce Diamond: 'It's a vendetta against the Mayor'

HE wore a plain $10 Target shirt and claimed council too should "live within their means" but Mayoral candidate Bruce Diamond was bold in saying there was a vendetta against Mayor Margaret Strelow.

Making the allegation at yesterday's Mayoral Debate, Mr Diamond said two Labor Party members running against each other at the March elections, although neither were offering preference votes, made way for a vendetta between Michael McMillan and Margaret Strelow.

"One would have to ask the question, why do we have two people going head-to-head, Labor going head-to-head with Labor, why are we doing that," he said.

"Why is it happening here, it's a vendetta against the Mayor.

"They want her out so they're going to put the other bloke in.

"That's what local council has come to and we're in real, real trouble."

Despite the claims, Cr Strelow said she would not be doing a preference deal.

"I have never hidden from the fact and it has been published in my literature over and over that I am a proud member of the Labor Party but I am not doing a preference deal," she said.

Michael McMillan said although he too was a "proud member" of the Labor Party, Team McMillan would not be offering preference votes.

He said Mr Diamond's claims were questioning the integrity of Team McMillan.

"Our process coming up with our team model has been well publicised," Mr McMillan said.

"We went out to the whole community asking for representatives across the spectrum of the political boundary, those people who wanted to put towards defining Rockhampton's future.

"We put together a totally independent interview panel, those people again came from various backgrounds, various social backgrounds, various political backgrounds.

"I would suggest the statement Bruce made is bringing into question the integrity of the process and I take offence to that."

Where the candidates stand

Chris Hooper, "I'm an independent, I don't like political parties at all. No matter who they are or what side of the fence they're on."

Michal McMillan, "I am a proud member of the Labor Party and there will be no preference votes with team McMillan."

Bruce Diamond, "I'm an independent, no preferences to anybody. Vote for me, you get me."

Dominic Doblo, "I am a life member of the National Party since I was 22-years-old. I'm shitty as hell they joined with the Liberals. No preference, we want a definite direction for the region."

Lea Taylor, "I am a true independent, I am totally independent. I have no membership with any party and have not for many years. I am a total independent and my preference goes nowhere."

Margaret Strelow, "I have never hidden from the fact and it has been published in my literature over and over that I am a proud member of the Labor Party but I am not doing a preference deal."