Large swings in re­gion

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Will Hunter & Tobi Lof­tus

THE Lib­eral Na­tional Party has suf­fered swings above the na­tional av­er­age in the seats of Flynn, Mara­noa and Wide Bay.

In the seat of Flynn, which in­cludes the North Bur­nett, a swing of -8.06% could cost the LNP vic­tory.

LNP sit­ting mem­ber Ken O’Dowd was at last count trail­ing La­bor’s Zac Beers on a two-party pre­ferred ba­sis, with his pri­mary vote down 10.87% on the 2013 elec­tion.

The re­sults in the North Bur­nett divi­sion do not how­ever equate to those in the wider elec­torate.

Mr Beers gar­nered 1334 votes on a two-party pre­ferred ba­sis while 2554 peo­ple voted for Mr O’Dowd. That equates to a 34% to 66% split to the LNP.

The re­sults were clos­est in the Eidsvold divi­sion where 116 peo­ple voted La­bor and 136 peo­ple opted for the LNP, or 46% to 53% which is a 13.25% swing to the ALP.

The ma­jor­ity of North Bur­nett di­vi­sions pro­duced about a 3% swing to the ALP on av­er­age, ex­cept for Mount Perry which de­liv­ered a 4.64% swing to the LNP, and Mun­dub­bera, which pro­duced a 0.67% swing to the LNP.

The largest gap in two-party pre­ferred pref­er­ences oc­curred in Mulgildie with 18 peo­ple vot­ing for La­bor and 157 op­ing for the LNP, or 10.29% to 89.71%.

In the seat of Mara­noa, the LNP suf­fered a 6.58% swing against the party on a two-party pre­ferred ba­sis.

The party’s pri­mary vote was also down nearly 10% on the 2013 elec­tion.

De­spite the swing, David Lit­tleproud was re­turned with 65.7% on a two-party pre­ferred count.

In the seat of Wide Bay, the LNP had a sim­i­lar swing against it but the party se­cured 57.52% of the vote on a two-party pre­ferred count, 5.64% less than the 2013 elec­tion. The LNP pri­mary vote was down 5.24% in Wide Bay.

In Wide Bay, Mara­noa and Flynn the One Na­tion party claimed be­tween 10-20% of the vote.

Across Aus­tralia, the Lib­eral/Na­tional coali­tion suf­fered a swing against it of 3.72%.

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