McAr­dle faces a real fight

MP bat­tles to hang on

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS - BILL HOFFMAN bill.hoffman@sc­news.com.au

MARK McAr­dle faces a real chal­lenge in Caloundra where the ero­sion of 20 per cent of his mar­gin in 2015 and bound­ary re­dis­tri­bu­tion have com­bined to make the once safe seat mar­ginal re­quir­ing a nom­i­nal 4 per cent swing to un­seat him.

La­bor chal­lenger Ja­son Hunt who in 2015 rode hard work cam­paign­ing and the state wide back­lash against the New­man Gov­ern­ment to re-frame the once blue rib­bon LNP seat is back in a four-way con­test that also in­cludes Rod Jones (PHON) and Mar­cus Finch for the Greens.

The seat of Caloundra has its north east­ern bound­ary at Dicky Beach fol­low­ing Bud­erim Ave, the Nick­lin Way and Caloundra Rd be­fore tak­ing a north­ern track to scoop up Glen­view be­fore stretch­ing west to Maleny Road and then south em­brac­ing Lands­bor­ough and Beer­wah.

The south­ern bound­ary then heads east fol­low­ing Coochin Creek to Pu­mice­s­tone Pas­sage. In the process it picks up Bells Creek, Pel­i­can Waters, Golden Beach, Caloundra Mof­fat Beach, Dicky Beach, Lit­tle Moun­tain and Caloundra West.

Mr McAr­dle en­tered par­lia­ment in 2004 and is a for­mer Lib­eral Party leader be­fore amal­ga­ma­tion with the Na­tion­als in 2008 and for a short pe­riod, deputy leader of the LNP.

The for­mer so­lic­i­tor was a mem­ber of the New­man Gov­ern­ment Cab­i­net from 2012-2015.

La­bor’s Ja­son Hunt is a cor­rec­tions of­fi­cer at Wood­ford Prison who grew up in Caloundra and is mar­ried with a young son.

He ran an en­er­getic cam­paign prior to the 2015 elec­tion and has kept go­ing since main­tain­ing the pro­file that helped gen­er­ate the 20 per cent swing that has not left the seat vul­ner­a­ble.

Rod Jones of the Pauline Han­son One Na­tion Party is a past win­ner of the Stawell Easter Car­ni­val, Aus­tralia’s pre­mier pro­fes­sional foot race, is a for­mer carpenter and con­struc­tion man­ager and now runs his own re­tail tourism out­let at Glen­view.

Mr Jones has been pres­i­dent of the Glass House Moun­tains Ro­tary Club and con­tested the 2016 Sun­shine Coast lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions se­cur­ing more than 13 per cent of the Di­vi­sion One vote.

Mar­cus Finch for The Greens ran in Kawana in 2015 win­ning 8.69 per cent of the pri­mary vote.

He is a for­mer high school sci­ence teacher, grad­u­at­ing af­ter at­tend­ing Caloundra High and went on to suc­cess­fully own and op­er­ate a num­ber of child care cen­tres with his part­ner.

Mark McAr­dle, LNP.

Ja­son Hunt, La­bor.

Mar­cus Finch, The Greens.

Rod Jones, One Na­tion.

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