Nick Cedric-Thompson.
Nick Cedric-Thompson.

Candidates take their ballot places

SOUTHERN Downs residents have just over two weeks to read up on the seven people who are vying to take out the Federal Seat for Maranoa.

The candidate nominations closed at noon last Friday with the draw for ballot paper positions happening over the weekend.

Family First candidate John Spellman pulled the number one spot on our electorate paper.

Mr Spellman moved to the Southern Downs in 2011.

He contested Southern Downs as the Family First candidate at the 2012 Queensland election.

Next up is 29-year-old Roma resident Nick Cedric-Thompson for the Australian Labor Party.

Mr Cedric-Thompson co-ordinates Roma's Aboriginal Family Legal Service Southern Queensland.

He was born in Toowoomba and has a Bachelor of Social Science and is currently studying to attain a Masters of Social Work as well as a graduate certificate in human resource management.

Third spot went to Grant Newson from The Greens party.

And after living in the Darling Downs for 17 years Mr Newson is no stranger to the region.

He contested the Maranoa seat at the 2010 federal election and Nanango at the 2012 Queensland election.

Current Federal Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott is fourth on the list.

Mr Scott launched his campaign in Warwick yesterday, opening the doors to his campaign office in Grafton St.

He was accompanied by Senator Brett Mason.

Fifth on the list is Rise Up Australia candidate George Mousley Clouston.

Born and raised on a dairy, beef and crop farm in the Republic of South Africa, Mr Clouston and his family migrated to Australia in 2008 and currently works in the agriculture sector in Dalby.

He is running to help preserve Australia's freedoms and to serve the country that welcomed his family as their own, when they were strangers.

John Bjelke-Petersen, son of former Queensland premier Sir Joh and former Queensland senator Lady Flo, is running for the seat as a member of the Palmer United Party.

He takes up sixth spot on the ballot paper.

The last spot goes to Katter's Australia Party candidate Rowell Walton.

Mr Walton said he would fight for the survival of rural communities to bring in laws such as a two-year moratorium on coal seam gas and limit foreign ownership of Australian agribusinesses and land.

Early voting kicks off in Dalby today and everywhere else from August 26.

Postal votes close on September 5.

For more information on the election head to

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