Still op­ti­mistic for win

Central Queensland News - - NEWS - Kris­ten Booth Kris­ten.Booth@cqnews.com.au

ALTHOUGH LNP’s Lach­lan Mil­lar is cur­rently the clear front-run­ner, One Na­tion can­di­date Mark Hig­gins is still look­ing op­ti­mistic.

Mr Hig­gins said there were still a lot of votes to be counted.

“I’m still op­ti­mistic,” he said. “Even though I’m a long way be­hind, there’s al­ways a chance.

“The re­sults for Queens­land it­self, well I’m fairly dis­ap­pointed with the way the pref­er­en­tial dealt a blow to democ­racy.”

Mr Hig­gins said, although they didn’t have a lot of time to cam­paign, he was happy with the re­sults.

“We cer­tainly didn’t have a lot of time to pre­pare,” he said. “The leader of La­bor said there was not go­ing to be an elec­tion un­til next year, but next thing you know, here we are.

“We are one of the most pop­u­lar and big­gest elec­torate in Queens­land, and to cover the en­tire area is im­pos­si­ble.

“I was happy with what I was able to do in the time frame we were given – I will be back next time.”

Sit­ting LNP mem­ber for Gre­gory Lach­lan Mil­lar said that un­til the re­sults were de­clared, he would con­tinue to work to­wards a bet­ter Gre­gory.

“I am very grate­ful for the sup­port I re­ceived at the elec­tion,” he said. “How­ever, at this stage, the votes con­tinue to be counted.

“Un­til the re­sults have been of­fi­cially de­clared, I will con­tinue to work for the con­stituents of Gre­gory as I have done so for the bet­ter part of the past three years.

“If I am for­tu­nate enough to be re-elected, I will con­tinue to work hard to de­liver the best out­comes for the Gre­gory Elec­torate in­clud­ing bet­ter roads, in­fra­struc­ture, ed­u­ca­tion and health care ser­vices.”

ALP can­di­date Dave Ker­ri­gan said over­all he was very happy with how things went with his cam­paign.

“I’m re­ally pleased, not just with re­sults, but over­all,” he said.

“There was a lot of

sup­port, and I was so happy with the help and sup­port and vol­un­teers who got in and worked hard through­out the cam­paign.

“We re­ceived a lot of great feed­back and even the premier, An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk, ac­knowl­edged the re­sults and ac­knowl­edged that more needs to be done in the re­gion.

“There is more work to do, not just in Queens­land, but in Aus­tralia. A lot of coun­try ar­eas are do­ing it tough and need poli­cies put in place to ad­dress th­ese is­sues.”

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One Na­tion can­di­date for Gre­gory, Mark Hig­gins stays con­fi­dent, even though LNP is lead­ing the way.

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