Num­bers vary for Cal­lide

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

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.

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