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GOLD COAST BUL­LETIN Tues­day Au­gust 13, 1968

IN THEIR bid to wrest the Gold Coast state seats from the Coun­try Party, the Lib­er­als re­ceived sup­port from an un­ex­pected quar­ter – none other than Pre­mier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen.

In his choice of Allen Hodges as the new Cabi­net Min­is­ter, Mr Bjelke-Petersen clearly in­di­cated that he was not pre­pared to ma­noeu­vre po­lit­i­cally to safe­guard the Gold Coast seats.

He showed that he was not out­wardly con­cerned about per­pet­u­at­ing the image of the Coun­try Party as the party for the farm­ers in the state which ev­ery day was be­com­ing more ur­banised and there­fore more vul­ner­a­ble to Lib­eral in­flu­ence.

Mr Hodges, who took over the Words and Hous­ing Min­istry, was the mem­ber for Gympie, an unas­sail­able Coun­try Party seat sur­rounded by other safe elec­torates.

He had a fine party record - 11 years in par­lia­ment and a fine back­ground - farmer, co­op­er­a­tive man­ager and grand­fa­ther.

He was thought to no doubt make a solid and con­sci­en­tious Min­is­ter.

But the Bul­letin ar­gued that there were oth­ers would fit that bill, MPs who were faced with a de­ter­mined Lib­eral chal­lenge at the 1969 elec­tion - in­clud­ing South Coast MP Russ Hinze.

Mr Hinze had won the seat with the aid of La­bor pref­er­ences at the pre­vi­ous poll but couldn’t count on get­ting them again at his se­cond tilt.

Also not con­sid­ered as Al­bert MP Cec Carey who had a slightly more se­cure seat than Mr Hinze but who had only won in 1966 by 49 votes.

The Bul­letin ar­gued that both would have made a bet­ter choice.

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