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.