Campaign off to a good start for Labor hopeful
LABOR had to admit it got things wrong during its last term in office, the party's endorsed candidate for Glass House at the next state election has acknowledged.
Brent Hampstead, 48, has a pedigree that straddles both sides of the political divide and a refreshing willingness to admit the obvious.
"The electorate smashed us,'' he said of the 2012 election result.
"We would be silly to not admit that we made mistakes.
"There will be some familiar faces but it's a different group of people (this time)."
Mr Hampstead's grandfather ran a farm in Maleny in the early 1900s and was dyed-in-the-wool Country Party, serving first as a Caboolture Shire councillor before spending 33 years on Laidley Shire.
By contrast his father, who he didn't live with after his parents split up, was an Electrical Trades Union organiser.
Born in Ipswich and raised in Logan City by his mother and stepfather, Hampstead managed bands around Brisbane and edited Time Off magazine before going to work for Sony Music for 12 years - ultimately as its Australian PR manager.
It was a role that took him to the United States and allowed him the experience of spending two weeks in North Queensland with Michael Hutchence and INXS as the icons warmed up for a tour to promote their Kick album.
Mr Hampstead and his wife Christina Warry eventually started their own public relations company, Media Hammer, in Brisbane.
Three years ago they down-sized the business, shifting to acreage at Maleny where the couple joined the local Labor Party branch.
It's an engagement born of a keen desire to stop just sitting around on the sidelines and complaining.
Glass House, held for the LNP by Environment Minister Andrew Powell, is an electorate that has shared its vote between the two parties.
Former Labor member Carolyn Male has joined Mr Hampstead's team to help guide the campaign which he says will involve a lot of door-knocking and grassroots fundraising.