2020 Queensland Candidates

Queensland election, Saturday 31 October 2020

Roberta Albrecht for Moggill
Melinda Dodds for Ninderry
Ali King for Pumicestone
Kaylee Campradt for Currumbin
Tracey Bell for Theodore
Lisa O'Donnell for Chatsworth
Susan Krause for Toowoomba South
Danielle Shankey for Everton

Roberta Albrecht for Moggill

Roberta is a Moggill local, raising her daughter in the close-knit community of Kenmore. She is passionate about serving our community, volunteering regularly for domestic violence services as well as having held positions in networking groups, such as Deputy Chair of Women in Super (Qld) and currently as Secretary of Women in Contracting.

With over 20 years experience in the finance sector and as the National Manager of Strategic Partnerships for Energy Super, Roberta understands the importance of supporting industry, helping small business and delivering job opportunities for local families.

With the financial experience, the local knowledge and as a member of Annastacia Palaszczuk’s team, Roberta will build on Labor’s successful management of the COVID-19 pandemic by investing in future infrastructure now, delivering jobs and kick-starting the economic recovery.

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Melinda Dodds for Ninderry

Melinda grew up in regional Victoria, studied in Melbourne, and worked as a physiotherapist in Melbourne and then Cairns. An injury requiring a career change lead her to join the Queensland Police Service in 1999. She worked in regional centres and communities on the Cape, Far North Queensland and Central Queensland before settling at Mount Coolum on the Sunshine Coast 10 years ago. 

Melinda is passionate about both training and leadership in professional and ethical decision making in order to best serve our community. Her experiences in Disaster Management have highlighted the urgent need to protect our environment and address climate change.  

Melinda has two young children attending a local state school and cannot speak highly enough of our education system and its importance in managing ongoing economic and environmental challenges. The Queensland Labor government has shown what can be achieved when evidence-based reasoning wins over ideology in managing the current pandemic, and the successful abortion law reform. 

Melinda’s experiences have given her a deep understanding of the issues caused by inequality and disadvantage and believes Labor is the only party with the policies to address these problems. Her drive to serve the community and build a healthy and safe future led her to put her hand up to represent the people of Ninderry in the upcoming State election. 

Melinda is being mentored by Judith Graley, Former Victorian State Member for Narre Warren South

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Ali King for Pumicestone


Ali grew up in a family where her father’s life changing accident meant that she and her brother and sister could very easily have fallen through the cracks.

Instead, the commitment of Labor governments over generations to free education, accessible healthcare and supporting people through adversity meant that Ali was able to get a quality public education, go to university and eventually start a small business working with other vulnerable people to make sure they in turn didn’t fall through the cracks.

Ali went on to work as an advisor to the Queensland Health Minister and is proud that her policy work helped Queensland women to finally access legal abortion services after 119 years, and to access those essential health services with privacy and dignity via Safe Access Zones.

Ali’s focus now is on making sure the people of Pumicestone have access to the services and policies they need so they don’t fall through the cracks, and that women in Pumicestone and right across Queensland don’t have their reproductive rights stripped from them all over again, as the Queensland LNP has promised to do if elected.

Pumicestone is a must-win seat and your support has never been more important.

Ali is being mentored by Sonya Kilkenny, the Victorian State Member for Carrum and ELA National Committee member.

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Kaylee Campradt for Currumbin


Kaylee grew up and has lived most of her life locally in Currumbin. Having attended Palm Beach Currumbin State High School, Kaylee still lives in Currumbin with her husband Troy and her two children Indie and Tom.

Kaylee was recently the president of Parents and Citizen’s Association (P&C) Queensland – the state’s peak parenting body for the parents of state school students. She was a board member of the Queensland College of Teachers.

Kaylee is committed to world-class education for all students. As president of the Currumbin State School P&C and on the executive of the Palm Beach Currumbin State High School P&C, Kaylee will always fight for education funding for Gold Coast schools.

As a former member of the Gold Coast Health and Hospital Network Community Advisory Group, Kaylee is committed to fighting for health funding for the Gold Coast.

Kaylee is active in her community as a member of local environment groups, Tugun SLSC Nippers and Tallebudgera Tigers FC.

As a local, Kaylee will stand up for the Gold Coast – fighting for school and health funding, strong investment in new infrastructure, roads and transport.

Kaylee is being mentored by Michelle O'Byrne, Deputy Leader of Tasmanian Labor Party, Member for Bass.

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Tracey Bell for Theodore

Labor’s candidate for Theodore has lived on the Gold Coast for more than 20 years.

Tracey worked three jobs to make ends meet while raising two children on the Gold Coast. That’s why she’s passionate about fighting for local jobs and fair pay for workers.

Having worked for twenty years as an early childhood educator and advocate, Tracey is director of a local childcare centre and believes all children – regardless their background – deserve the best start in life.

Tracey is proud to be part of Labor’s team who are committed to being part of a government that can deliver a world class education for every child. Tracey has been instrumental in advocating for pay rises for early child educators - some of the nation’s lowest-paid workers.

Tracey will always put the Gold Coast first and will prioritise fighting for extra funding for schools, TAFEs and health care along with funding for road and transport projects in the Coast’s burgeoning northern growth corridor.  As an active member of her community and a Commonwealth Games volunteer, Tracey will always put our community first.

Tracey Bell is being mentored by Tamika Hicks, former candidate for Rowville, Vic.

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Lisa O’Donnell for Chatsworth

Lisa O’Donnell, Labor’s candidate for Chatsworth is a senior school mathematics teacher.

As a teacher and mum of three, Lisa has seen first-hand how vital proper investment in education is for our young ones.

Lisa is proud to be part of Labor’s team who have employed additional 1,291 teachers and 347 teacher aids in schools in Brisbane and the Redlands under the Palaszczuk Government. Lisa is an active member of her community, participating in various local sporting groups from netball, to scouts, to little athletics and AFL.

Through her job as a teacher Lisa has promoted and run girl’s AFL teams. All politics is about community and Lisa will always stand up for our community – for local school funding, infrastructure funding and funding for local community groups.

Lisa is being mentored by Justine Keay, former Federal Member for Braddon.

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Susan Krause for Toowoomba South

Susan is a local candidate committed to improving her community and state.

Susan and her family moved to Toowoomba when she was 10, attending local schools and then working in retail, education and private enterprise with her husband Paul.

A mother of three, Susan is committed to public education, with her children having attended state schools and her eldest daughter now at USQ. Susan has experienced many of the issues that are affecting working families first hand, and is passionate about health, education and job security across the region.

Susan is dedicated to her family and improving the lives of Toowoomba South residents by making the community better. Susan is very proud to stand up for Toowoomba South and be the ALP candidate for the seat.

Susan is being mentored by Leanne Atkinson, former candidate for Bega, NSW.

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Danielle Shankey for Everton

Danielle was raised to value hard work, kindness, and responsibility, and has always been known for her optimism and tenacious work-ethic.  

Originally a teacher, Danielle was the first university graduate in her family. The continued commitment to free education of successive Labor governments gave Danielle a firm foundation, and she wants that for all Everton families.

As a first-time candidate, Danielle is new to politics, but she is no stranger to the fight for women’s rights and equity in the workplace.

Danielle has held senior roles in the disaster management field as well as being a founding member of an all-female, award-winning theatre company.  With a proven history of innovation and achievement, Danielle has a reputation as a transformational leader driven by challenge, undeterred by obstacles, and committed to furthering standards of excellence. Whether it’s working with not-for-profit organisations, acting on the issues impacting families or supporting local businesses, Danielle can be counted on to be a strong voice for Everton.

There is no greater risk to Queensland’s progressive reform platform than Tim Mander’s conservative position, as shown by his opposition to LGBTIQ+, abortion and dying with dignity reforms. Danielle needs your support to take the fight to Mander and the LNP.

Danielle thanks the women who have come before her, supports those coming after her and is driven to deliver positive impact in her community through collaboration, culture and care.  See Danielle’s LinkedIn profile 

Danielle is being mentored by Jenny Beacham, Former ALP Vic State Secretary and candidate for Ballarat

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