LNP march­ing to huge win

O’brien faces mas­sive fight to re­tain seat

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.”

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