FLYNN RESULTS TOO CLOSE TO CALL
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.