Seats hang in balance across the region
IT’S a far cry from their pre-election hopes but One Nation will have a presence in the next Queensland parliament.
In Gregory, which encompasses Emerald and surrounds, the LNP’s Lachlan Millar picked up close to 45 per cent of the primary vote and will be returned.
One Nation’s Mark Higgins came second.
Pauline Hanson’s party has won the seat of Mirani, with candidate Stephen Andrew ousting Labor stalwart Jim Pearce, though yesterday neither was prepared to declare the race over.
With more than 78 per cent of the vote counted, Mr Andrew had 31.64 per cent of the first preference vote to Mr Pearce’s 37 per cent; however, with the LNP’s preferences Mr Andrews pushes ahead with 54 per cent of the vote.
He is the only One Nation candidate to win a seat despite Senator Hanson’s pre-election hopes her party could win as many as 10.
Wade Rothery remains in the mix for Rockhampton.
Meanwhile, the frontrunner for the seat of Callide, the LNP’s Colin Boyce, is refusing to claim victory as counting continues following Saturday’s state election.
The seat remains a three-horse race, with Mr Boyce leading with 32.11 per cent of the primary vote, leading One Nation’s Sharon Lohse (26.04 per cent) and the ALP’s Darren Blackwood (22.3 per cent) at 5pm last night.
The LNP candidate is likely to claim Callide, but will wait until later this week for an official declaration.
“I’m not claiming victory and it’s the same statewide,” Mr Boyce said.
“The LNP has not conceded and the ALP cannot claim victory either.
“Postal votes are still valid until Tuesday so it will be several days until we have a result I’d imagine.”
Mr Boyce said the addition of compulsory preference voting in the election was a “complicated business that just takes time”.
An Electoral Commission of Queensland spokesperson said they were receiving hundreds of postal votes each day following the election.
“In seats where the race is tight, we could be waiting for the postal votes to be sent back before it is possible to declare a winner,” the spokesperson said.
The deadline for the return of postal votes is 5pm on December 5.