All smiles for term two

With votes counted Keith Pitt looks at re­turn­ing to Hin­kler seat

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - Jodie Dixon Jodie.Dixon@isistc­news.com.au

VOT­ERS queued at polling booths around the re­gion from the mo­ment the vot­ing started last Satur­day morn­ing.

Coali­tion can­di­date Keith Pitt looks cer­tain to hold on to the seat of Hin­kler for a sec­ond term.

Mr Pitt said it had been a very long campaign, but it had been won­der­ful to have the sup­port of the peo­ple of the elec­torate.

The Aus­tralian Elec­toral Com­mis­sion is yet to de­clare Mr Pitt as the win­ner, having all polling booths around the re­gion counted.

Mr Pitt se­cured 57.96% of the votes com­pared to Labor’s 42.04%.

In the lead-up to vot­ing day, Mr Pitt said if elec­tors backed him he would not let them down and he stood by this.

“I will do my ab­so­lute ut­most for the peo­ple of Hin­kler and will spend the next three years try­ing to kick more goals and build on the work I have al­ready done,” he said.

“It’s been an ab­so­lutely hum­bling ex­pe­ri­ence, so I thank all of the peo­ple of Hin­kler for their sup­port.”

Sup­port­ers of Mr Pitt took to so­cial me­dia to con­grat­u­late him on his win.

Alice Daniel posted on Mr Pitt’s Facebook page, say­ing the rea­son he was elected was “how you rep­re­sent us for our elec­torate.

“Aus­tralia needs con­sis­tent, de­pend­able and re­li­able govern­ment, who are only con­cerned with all Aus­tralian peo­ple no mat­ter what.

“So glad you will be rep­re­sent­ing us for our re­gion, thank you for your con­sis­tent per­for­mance, I know you will do us proud,” Ms Daniel said.

Mr Pitt said the elec­tion had been very close and that he looked for­ward to see­ing the fi­nal count.

In the lead up to the elec­tion, Mr Pitt had said it would be very close and that ev­ery vote would count, and that seems to be the case.

“Through­out the campaign I spoke about what the Coali­tion can de­liver for the peo­ple of this elec­torate, hope­fully we can hold govern­ment, but the vote is very, very close,” Mr Pitt said.

“None of this would be pos­si­ble with­out the great sup­port of not only my staff, but the mem­bers, vol­un­teers and sup­port­ers.

“This is not about just one per­son, it is a team ef­fort,” he said.

Labor can­di­date Tim Law­son said he had fought the campaign on fair­ness and so­cial jus­tice for all.

“I have been over­whelmed by all the sup­port,” he said.

“Win, lose or draw I have been hum­bled by this campaign.”

PHOTO: PAUL DON­ALD­SON BUN020716PITT3

BUSY DAY: Fed­eral Mem­ber for Hin­kler Keith Pitt at the Walk­er­vale School Polling sta­tion in Bund­aberg.

PHOTO: PAUL DON­ALD­SON BUN020716PITT1

VOT­ING: Fed­eral Mem­ber for Hin­kler Keith Pitt at the Walk­er­vale School Polling sta­tion in Bund­aberg.

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