Elec­tion count­down is on

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

tIN JUST 10 days, the peo­ple of the Whit­sun­days will go to the polls to de­cide our next fed­eral rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the elec­torate of Daw­son.

The elec­torate cov­ers the coast from Mackay in the south to the out­skirts of Townsville in the north.

The seat cov­ers the coastal ar­eas but not all in­land ar­eas of Burde- kin or Whit­sun­day lo­cal govern­ment ar­eas.

Seven can­di­dates will con­test the elec­torate which is cur­rently held by the Lib­eral National Party’s Ge­orge Chris­tensen with a mar­gin of just 2.4 per cent.

Mr Chris­tensen was elected in 2010 when he de­feated La­bor’s James Bid­good who only held the seat for one term.

Prior to that, Daw­son was held by the National Party’s Deanne Kelly for 11 years un­til the shock re­sult at the 2007 elec­tion when there was a 13 per cent swing against La­bor.

Ms Kelly held a 10 per cent mar­gin at the time but the swing was one of the big­gest in the coun­try at that elec­tion.

This year, there are 508 more women than men reg­is­tered to vote in the elec­torate of Daw­son.

How­ever the fig­ures also show that for nine of the 12 age-spe­cific groups, more male vot­ers had en­rolled.

The largest en­rolled group, ac­cord­ing to the Aus­tralian Elec­toral Com­mis­sion, is the 70-plus group with 11,833 en­rolled vot­ers, fol­lowed by the 50-54 age group with 10, 273 and the 40-44 group with 9504.

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