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   Jun 21

Correctional officer endorsed to run as candidate

Norm Jacobsen
Nanjing Night Net

NORM Jacobsen has been endorsed as the Labor candidate to tackle Bob Katter’s grip on the seat of Kennedy at the next federal election.

The Atherton Tablelands Correctional Officer is among the latest group of candidates to join Bill Shorten’s federal ALP team, ready to take the fight to Tony Abbott in the key battleground of north Queensland.

A 46-year-old father of two adult children, Mr Jacobsen lives in Mutchilba, having called the Kennedy region home his entire life.

Born in Innisfail, Mr Jacobsen has lived in a variety of Kennedy townships, including Herberton, Atherton, Gordonvale, Tolga and Mareeba, before settling in Mutchilba.

Mr Jacobsen also tried his hand at several occupations, including being a tradesman, farmer and small business owner, before settling into a career as a Custodial Correctional Supervisor at Lotus Glen on the Atherton Tablelands, where he has worked for the past 18 years.

“I’m honoured by the opportunity to stand for Labor for a chance to represent Kennedy and ensure the concerns of our electorate are heard loud and clear down in Canberra,” said Mr Jacobsen.

“We have local businesses closing and rising unemployment due to the mining downturn.

“Yet all we hear from sitting member Bob Katter and the Abbott LNP government is a lot of big talk and very little action.”

ALP Queensland State Secretary Evan Moorhead said Mr Jacobsen would be a hard working representative for the vast electorate of Kennedy.

“Norm will be a great addition to Labor’s team in the north,” he said. “His extensive knowledge of the region’s communities gives him the first hand experience needed to be a strong voice for the people of Kennedy.”

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