LNP marching to huge win
O’brien faces massive fight to retain seat
THE Queensland Labor Party faces political oblivion in Saturday’s state election, with Member for Cook Jason O’brien likely to be swept aside along with Premier Anna Bligh.
Mr O’brien won Cook with a slender 2.2 per cent margin in the 2009 state election and would be one of the first Labor politicians to lose his seat if the predicted swing to the LNP eventuates in his electorate.
But even if Mr O’brien man- ages to cling on to his seat, he is predicted to be joined by as few as a cricket team of Labor parliamentary colleagues in what is expected to be one of the biggest routs in Queensland political history.
Katter’s Australia Party candidate for Cook Lachlan Bensted, Greens candidate George Riley and One Nation’s Jim Evans are long shots to win office but their preferences may play a significant role in the election outcome for the seat.
If the LNP does win office, premier-in-waiting Campbell Newman has promised to establish a boundaries commissioner and ask Treasury to establish the costs of de-amalgamation for the Douglas region in the first 100 days.
LNP candidate Mr Kempton has also promised a roundabout for the Captain Cook Highway/ Port Douglas Rd intersection as well as state assistance for the Port Douglas Waterfront masterplan and the proposed conference centre at the Sheraton Mirage.
Mr O’brien outlined securing funding for the Waterfront and attracting more flights for Cairns as major initiatives for Labor while reducing state debt.
The Gazette asked each candidate for their final thoughts before voters go to the polls on Saturday. “The Greens aim to help strengthen job security and skilling for people living in the Cook electorate.
“We pledge to help small businesses by cutting red tape, offering them real assistance when needed, and to help locals create small businesses in new sustainable industries and markets.
“The Wild Rivers legislation is totally necessary to protect our land and beautiful country up on the Cape without taking away our right to govern our own land.
“And we need to get the right balance between Aboriginal self-determination and protecting Aboriginal cultural heritage and protecting our amazing wilderness and natural heritage values, especially concerning some of the last wild rivers in Australia.”