All smiles for term two
With votes counted Keith Pitt looks at returning to Hinkler seat
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.”
BUSY DAY: Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt at the Walkervale School Polling station in Bundaberg.
VOTING: Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt at the Walkervale School Polling station in Bundaberg.