Swings in Fair­fax and Fisher

LNP strength­ens its grip

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS - Bill Hoffman [email protected]­news.com.au

FISHER MP An­drew Wal­lace has re­vealed his sur­pris­ing proud­est mo­ment of his first term, as he and col­league Ted O’Brien (Fair­fax) strength­ened the LNP’s grip on the Coast.

While se­cur­ing $3.2 bil­lion for the Bruce High­way and $390 mil­lion for rail were among his big­gest achieve­ments, it was end­ing the Sun­shine Coast Coun­cil’s push for a casino that ranked as one of his greatest per­sonal high­lights.

“I earnestly be­lieve a casino would de­stroy the Sun­shine Coast we all know and love,” Mr Wal­lace said. “I’m the proud­est of that.” An ec­static An­drew Wal­lace was returned for a sec­ond term in Fisher after se­cur­ing a 2.2 per cent swing to­wards him on Satur­day night in what was an LNP rout across Queens­land.

Mr Wal­lace warned that Queens­land Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk who faces a state elec­tion next year should be “very wor­ried by this re­sult”.

“This is a clear warn­ing to An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk and has been made clear to La­bor that the elec­torate won’t ac­cept vac­u­ous, un­costed poli­cies,” he said.

Mr Wal­lace said he was ec­static with the outcome at a lo­cal level and that it looked good na­tion­ally for the gov­ern­ment.

“It’s a very clear re­pu­di­a­tion of Bill Shorten’s high tax, high spend­ing agenda,” he said.

“From Wide Bay to Long­man the Sun­shine Coast has spo­ken with one voice. They didn’t want to see a high tax, high spend­ing Shorten gov­ern­ment.”

He said he was pleased to have helped bring $16.9 mil­lion to the Sun­shine Coast to de­velop mental health pro­grams.

“That wouldn’t have come if Greg Hunt and I hadn’t got on.”

He said the Sun­shine Coast had at­tracted no infrastruc­ture at­ten­tion from La­bor.

“There’s a lot more to be done,” Mr Wal­lace said.

“The sec­ond stage of the Bruce High­way starts in 2020. An­thony Al­banese didn’t com­mit to that.”

He re­vealed the third stage up­grades to come would make the high­way three-lane from Ca­bool­ture to Nam­bour.

Mr Wal­lace would also pri­ori­tise ne­go­ti­at­ing a rail outcome with the Queens­land La­bor Gov­ern­ment.

“There’s more work to be done,” he said.

Clive Palmer’s United Aus­tralia Party could garner only three per cent de­spite the bil­lion­aire’s big-spend­ing cam­paign which splashed in the order of $58 mil­lion on ad­ver­tis­ing, bill­boards and so­cial me­dia.

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