SCOTT STORMS HOME, NEU­MANN CLINGS ON

Gatton Star - - FRONT PAGE - — Navarone Far­rell

WHAT was ex­pected to be a La­bor land­slide in the seat of Blair has turned out to be a nar­row mar­gin sep­a­rat­ing the ALP and LNP.

In­cum­bent Blair MP Shayne Neu­mann won the seat for the ALP but not with­out fierce com­pe­ti­tion from the LNP, fol­lowed closely by One Nation.

Lib­eral can­di­date Robert Shear­man con­ceded de­feat and said it was a mas­sive wake-up call for Mr Neu­mann.

“The local mem­ber hasn’t been do­ing any­thing to sup­port busi­nesses out there or in­fra­struc­ture re­quire­ments, he hasn’t put in any­thing to sup­port the peo­ple of Blair,” he said.

“He needs to be able to sup­port the ru­ral (vot­ers) as well as greater Ip­swich.”

Mr Shear­man said com­mon sense had im­proved LNP chances in what was widely re­garded as a safe La­bor seat.

“I was talk­ing a lit­tle bit of com­mon sense, we wanted to have busi­nesses thriv­ing in Ip­swich, sup­port those busi­nesses, sup­port in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment and sup­port the whole Blair elec­torate,” he said.

“We want to cre­ate the jobs and the eco­nomic opportunit­y.”

Mr Neu­mann held the seat with a mar­gin of 8.1 per cent at the pre­vi­ous elec­tion and was widely tipped to hold the seat with ease.

How­ever the shock tight race on Satur­day has shrunk that mar­gin to just 1.57 per cent.

PHOTO: ROB WIL­LIAMS

JUST IN: Blair MP Shayne Neu­mann.

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