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Zac Beers: What it says to me is that peo­ple are dis­sat­is­fied with Ken.

FIVE days af­ter the Fed­eral Elec­tion, the seat of Flynn still hangs in the bal­ance and the re­sult could de­cide who runs the coun­try.

With a hung par­lia­ment look­ing more and more likely, the party that takes Flynn is one step closer to the 76 seats needed to win gov­ern­ment in its own right.

As I write this, La­bor’s Zac Beers is es­ti­mated to be lead­ing in­cum­bent LNP MP Ken O’Dowd by about 1800 votes or 2.5%.

“What it says to me is that we ran a re­ally good cam­paign and peo­ple are dis­sat­is­fied with Ken,” Mr Beers said.

“Across the elec­torate there was a lot of dis­ap­point­ment with the level of ac­tiv­ity with the in­cum­bent mem­ber. Whether or not that’s enough to get us over the line we will see what hap­pens.”

There are still al­most 10,000 postal votes to be counted, and if 63% of those votes go to Mr O’Dowd, he will be able to re­tain the seat.

Out of the first 800 votes counted, 65.27% of votes have gone to Mr O’Dowd.

If he falls short, a seat that was once con­sid­ered a safe Na­tion­als seat will fall into La­bor hands for the sec­ond time in a decade.

“His­tor­i­cally the num­bers haven’t fallen our way with the postals, so it’s go­ing to be a close race,” Mr Beers said.

Mr Beers said there were a lot of work­ers from Glad­stone who had moved in­ter­state who could still be vot­ing in Flynn.

“There are a lot of work­ers (who are tra­di­tional La­bor vot­ers), from Glad­stone that are now in Dar­win and Western Aus­tralia,” he said.

“I have no clue how or if they voted but they could change the com­po­si­tion of the vote.”

A spokesper­son for Mr O’Dowd said he will not com­ment un­til the re­sult be­comes clearer.

In first pref­er­ences, La­bor is lead­ing with 24,532 votes, fol­lowed by the LNP with 24,045 votes.

Fig­ures cor­rect 4 pm Wed­nes­day.


IN FRONT: La­bor can­di­date for Flynn Zac Beers was in the lead by about 1800 votes as we went to press.

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