Who­ever you cast your vote for - give it time

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS - Matthew Pur­cell

IT WOULD be fair to say that Satur­day’s South­ern Downs elec­tion re­sult threw up a cou­ple sur­prises.

At a time when much of the state gave lit­tle con­sid­er­a­tion to One Na­tion, de­spite ex­pec­ta­tion, our re­gion lent plenty of sup­port to Pauline’s bri­gade.

In­de­pen­dent Rob Macken­zie put to­gether a won­der­ful cam­paign, tra­versed the re­gion for sev­eral months, spread a pas­sion­ate, suc­cinct mes­sage... but still polled fourth be­hind two can­di­dates who came late to the race.

In the clos­ing days many had Rob as a dark horse who’d run run a close sec­ond to LNP’s suc­cess­ful can­di­date James Lis­ter, or pos­si­bly pip him at the post.

Lis­ter him­self was at pains to re­mind peo­ple that South­ern Downs isn’t the safe seat it was once re­garded.

Some ques­tioned Lis­ter’s can­di­dacy at times and were cau­tious about a rep­re­sen­ta­tive some sug­gested had been “parachuted” into the elec­torate.

But which­ever way your po­lit­i­cal per­sua­sion falls, there’s lit­tle deny­ing he and his fam­ily have a great love for the re­gion and will work around the clock to see it pros­per.

There are few big­ger po­lit­i­cal boots to fill than that of Lawrence Spring­borg. If he’s pos­i­tive about James, then it’d be hard to go against that vote of con­fi­dence.

Ev­ery­one de­serves a chance to suc­ceed or fail.

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