Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Inge Hansen

WHILE the na­tional re­sult was tee­ter­ing on the edge of a knife, Daw­son can­di­date Ge­orge Chris­tensen was able to claim his seat on elec­tion night.

The LNP can­di­date made an an­nounce­ment on Face­book on Satur­day stat­ing his La­bor op­po­nent, Frank Gil­bert had con­ceded.

“I do take joy out of the fact that peo­ple have given us their sup­port and once again, at the end it looks like we’ll have a bit over 53% of the two-party-pre­ferred vote,” he said the next day.

“... it’s prob­a­bly the dirt­i­est elec­tion I’ve seen” – Ge­orge Chris­tensen

Mr Chris­tensen said de­spite a na­tion­wide swing to­wards the ALP and groups like GetUp throw­ing at him ev­ery­thing they could, he’d man­aged to with­stand it all.

Also dur­ing the elec­tion cam­paign, Mr Chris­tensen was tar­geted per­son­ally.

He had his cam­paign signs through­out the Whit­sun­days van­dalised on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions.

De­spite this he still had a pos­i­tive out­look.

“I think it’s been a bit of a dirty cam­paign,” he said.

“I copped a lot of per­sonal abuse on ad­ver­tise­ments and it’s prob­a­bly the dirt­i­est elec­tion I’ve seen.

“But de­spite all that, we’ve re­tained the seat.”

Over­all Mr Chris­tensen said he thought the Whit­sun­day re­gion in par­tic­u­lar had been very favourable to­wards him which he was “glad to see”.

With the Aus­tralian Elec­toral Com­mis­sion an­nounc­ing it could be weeks be­fore a na­tional re­sult is clear, Mr Chris­tensen faces the pos- sibil­ity of ei­ther a hung par­lia­ment or be­ing a mi­nor­ity gov­ern­ment MP.

“We’ll just have to wait and see what hap­pens,” he said.

“We’re not there yet but I think we’re in with a bet­ter chance of form­ing gov­ern­ment.”

JU­BI­LANT: Fed­eral Mem­ber for Daw­son Ge­orge Chris­tensen cel­e­brat­ing on elec­tion night.

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