Numbers vary for Callide
HAD Gin Gin voters had their say, Jeff Seeney would no longer be Member for Callide.
Based on the notional count, Palmer United Party’s John Bjelke-Petersen would have romped to victory over the outgoing deputy premier.
A revisit to Electoral Commission Queensland’s Callide results has since removed the notional count, but an analysis of first preferences shows Mr Seeney was well ahead in most readership areas.
His biggest strongholds were Mt Perry and Wallaville, where the LNP member claimed 47.26% and 43.54% of first preferences.
He also claimed Gin Gin on first preferences, scoring 36.45% of the vote to Mr Bjelke-Petersen’s 26.73% and Labor candidate Graeme Martin’s 27.33%.
It was a different story in Bullyard and South Kolan. The PUP state leader claimed 36.97% of first preferences in Bullyard, outscoring Seeney by just 16 votes.
In South Kolan the margin was even closer, with only 13 votes separating the pair.
The numbers are reflective of what happened across Queensland, with preferences leading to much of LNP’s undoing.
Bundaberg MP Jack Dempsey is facing a similar scene, and while ahead on first preferences, he is behind Labor’s Leanne Donaldson about 600 votes after preferences.
Neither party claimed Bundaberg at time of print.