Swings in Fairfax and Fisher
LNP strengthens its grip
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.