TIME TO VOTE
THE final countdown is underway to election time on Saturday when Whitsunday residents will choose a political candidate to represent them in the Federal Parliament for the next three years.
There are seven candidates vying for the seat of Dawson which covers an area from the coast of Mackay in the south to the outskirts of Townsville in the north.
Sitting member George Christensen (Liberal National Party) was elected in 2010 when he defeated former Australian Labor Party (ALP) candidate Mike Brunker.
Mr Christensen says he is “nervously confident” at this point.
“I’m nervous because I have 93,000-plus people who are about to do my job appraisal this weekend, but I’m confident that both I and the Liberal National Coalition have the right plan to fix the Bruce Highway, give a fair share to regions, get the economy back on track and give a fair share for all and that’s what people want to see,” he said.
Mr Christensen said the most recent poll showed him pulling ahead by a narrow margin, but like his party leader, Tony Abbott, he does not believe in polls. “I think it’s over-inflated and we’ll find out the real numbers on Saturday night,” he said.
“Until then, I’m just going to keep moving about the electorate, selling the [LNP] plan.”
Australian Labor Party (ALP) candidate Bronwyn Taha says she too is “not looking at the polls”.
“They’re irrelevant at this moment – there are still a lot of undecided people out there coming into the final days of the election and I’m concentrating on reaching out to those people and explaining to them that we can have a [Labor] Government that will contribute to the regions or a Coalition Government that will make cuts,” she said.
Fighting against Ms Taha and Mr Christensen for Whitsunday residents’ votes are Jonathon Dykyj (The Greens), Lindsay Temple (Family First), Ian Ferguson (Palmer United Party), Andrew Harris (Citizens Electoral Council) and Justin Englert (Katter’s Australia Party).
Each of the candidates have their final say on page 4 of today’s Whit