Media release

United Australia Party endorses Jen Sackley as candidate for Leichhardt 

The United Australia Party executive has officially endorsed North Queensland Secretary Jen Sackley as their Leichhardt candidate for the next Federal Election.

Federal leader Clive Palmer said he was happy the party had endorsed Ms Sackley unanimously to contest the seat against sitting member Warren Entsch who had done little to support the people of the Far North.

Ms Sackley said she was happy to serve the good people of North Queensland.

“The Division of Leichhardt has been totally forgotten. The people of Brisbane and Canberra don’t care about us in North Queensland.

“The United Australia Party wants to change all of that, to give the people the voice and the representation they deserve,’’ she said.

“I am passionate about representing the people of Leichhardt, creating opportunity and protecting its ecological beauty and diverse landscape.

“Throughout the last six months I have had the privilege of exercising the role of North Queensland Secretary of the United Australia Party which has seen me travel extensively across the electorate, engaging with the general public on their community issues,’’ she said.

Mr Palmer said Jen Sackley was an excellent candidate.

“In the last State election, she performed very strongly in the seat of Cook where she attracted 28.25% of the vote after preferences,’’ Mr Palmer said.

“With a degree majoring in social sciences and a masters in social work, along with experience in running both state and federal political campaigns, Jen is well placed to understand the needs of the community,’’ he said.

Ms Sackley’s extensive employment history includes work in domestic violence case management, indigenous welfare and child safety through her role at the Department of Communities.

A passionate member of her community and a Justice of the Peace, she has been both an organiser and participant in regional women’s business associations and actively takes part in many community or charity fundraising events.

“I have a strong resolve for the people of Leichhardt. Our citizens deserve better and should be rewarded with a better standard of life now and for their children and their grandchildren,’’ she said.