‘No elec­tion un­til af­ter the bud­get this year’

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Scott Tib­balls

MEM­BER for Cook Billy Gor­don has given his two cents on when the next state elec­tion could (or should) be held: af­ter an “elec­tion-win­ning bud­get” is tabled midyear.

An­other fac­tor that would push an elec­tion date fur­ther into 2017 is the cur­rently in­progress elec­toral re­dis­tri­bu­tion, which was ini­ti­ated mid-2016.

“I think it would be a bit pre­ma­ture for the premier to take us to an elec­tion un­til she has a clear idea about what the new elec­toral bound­aries are,” said Mr Gor­don.

“I’m very in­ter­ested to see what those new bound­aries are for Cook.”

The ex­tra four di­vi­sions in Queens­land are ex­pected to en­sure there are no seats lost out­side of South­east and, in the­ory, safe­guard re­gional rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

Both ma­jor par­ties have pro­posed changes to Cook in the re­dis­tri­bu­tion.

La­bor has pro­posed that Ma­reeba be split from Cook and moved to Dal­rym­ple, al­low­ing the south­ern coastal bor­der to reach be­yond Wangetti deep into the North­ern Beaches of Cairns.

The LNP has rec­om­mended that Cook be ex­panded to in­clude large swaths of Gulf coun­try.

Mr Gor­don was coy on whether he’d run again af­ter a tur­bu­lent first term, but said that the surge to­wards One Na­tion was some­thing all politi­cians should be think­ing about.

“I think One Na­tion is go­ing to be a force in Cook,” he said, adding that he thought that for those want­ing to lodge a protest vote, there are other op­tions.

“My big is­sue is with peo­ple who want to look to­wards One Na­tion ... as a protest vote.

“I don’t know if they ac­tu­ally need to vote for One Na­tion, who I think peddle politics of fear and hate and ig­no­rance – to voice their dis­dain for the ma­jor par­ties.”

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