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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

sun­day Times.

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