Claims candidate said drinkers should 'destroy themselves'

UNDER SCRUTINY: Southern Downs Labor candidate Louise Ryan.
UNDER SCRUTINY: Southern Downs Labor candidate Louise Ryan.

BORN-AND-BRED Eukey girl and running Southern Downs Labor candidate Louise Ryan has found herself in hot water after a string of comments relating to alcohol and drug use were discovered on her Facebook page- which is set up under an alias.

And her party's response was to blame current LNP local member Lawrence Springborg.

A report published by a metropolitan news outlet claimed Ms Ryan, using the alias of Eloise Rhian, made comments on Facebook advocating that boozers be allowed to drink themselves to death and that marijuana should be legalised for recreational use.

Her comments are believed to have been in response to a Federal Government proposal to increase alcohol prices.

Ms Ryan reportedly wrote that allowing drinkers to "destroy themselves" would ease the burden on the state's public health system.

"I personally don't understand the logic of it all," she allegedly posted on her Facebook page in late 2012.

"The longer we live the more health care we need, thus the larger the burden on the healthcare system.

"Let people destroy themselves I say."

The media source also stated Ms Ryan was a fan of legalising marijuana after she made comments applauding Colorado for legalising marijuana for recreational use.

Ms Ryan also labelled Queensland as "backward" for its anti-daylight saving stance.

The Daily News phoned Ms Ryan several times yesterday and sent an email asking her to confirm or deny the allegations and explain the need for using an alias on Facebook.

The Labor candidate failed to answer or return any of the numerous phone calls or respond to the email.

Instead the Daily News was contacted by the Australian Labor Party media team in Brisbane.

And instead of providing a response they shifted the blame to current local member Lawrence Springborg - Ms Ryan's biggest opponent at the upcoming State Election.

"This is just Lawrence Springborg desperately trying to distract attention from Campbell Newman's cuts to local services," the Labor spokesman said.

Mr Springborg said the issues were highlighted by the media were publicised on Facebook by the candidate herself.

"Every candidate for election stands on their record. For my part, I am proud of my achievements working on behalf of the people of Southern Downs," he said.

"In this case, the Labor candidate has made strong public statements in the past.

"The candidate should now be prepared to explain those comments to voters.

"For the record, I am against the recreational use of marijuana; against daylight saving and in favour of responsible drinking.

"As Health Minister, I am very much aware of the tremendous efforts of ED staff in particular, who work hard to address the consequences of alcohol misuse."


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