The state of play: How rural Queensland voted

Federal election 2019: Queensland votes swing toward LNP

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Queensland Country Life speaks with the familiar faces who are back in power.

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Familiar faces have been re-elected to represent rural and regional Queenslanders in the 46th Parliament of Australia.

Familiar faces have been re-elected to represent rural and regional Queenslanders in the 46th Parliament of Australia.

Rural and regional Queenslanders spoke decisively at the ballot box on Saturday, with the Liberal National Party experiencing swings towards its candidates in a number of seats.

On Tuesday morning, the LNP had secured 43 per cent of the primary vote, while the Australian Labor Party was on 27pc.

There was plenty of discussion in the lead up to the election about how minor parties such as Pauline Hanson's One Nation, Fraser Anning's Conservative National Party and the United Australia Party would fare, however they all failed to win seats in Queensland.

Queensland Country Life caught up with many of the politicians who will represent farmers for the next three years.

Maranoa

LNP incumbent David Littleproud will return for a second term in the seat of Maranoa after a convincing win.

He was the clear front-runner from the time votes began being counted, continuously claiming more than 70 per cent of votes on a two party preferred basis and earning a swing of more than six per cent.

We've been able to achieve a lot for farmers, and there's a lot more to do yet - Maranoa MP David Littleproud

Mr Littleproud garnered support in Queensland's largest federal electorate from his time as federal Agriculture Minister, and said it was deeply humbling to be returned with such a swing.

"To all those who voted for me and for all those who didn't, I'll continue to work as hard as I can to deliver for you," he said.

"I can't have worked any harder to get Maranoa its fair share over the last three years - securing $4.7 billion - and I'm committed to keep doing it.

"We've been able to achieve a lot for farmers, and there's a lot more to do yet, including delivering policy announced during the campaign.

"It's been a tough slog because of drought and I want you to know that the difficulties you face drive me to deliver results."

Kennedy

Katter's Australain Party leader and Kennedy MP Bob Katter has been returned to the vast northern seat, which he has held since 1993.

In winning his tenth election, Mr Katter thanked the people of Kennedy for their faith and support and acknowledged the responsibility he had in representing them in the 46th Parliament of Australia.

"I am very appreciative of the people that give me another opportunity because I love the fight," Mr Katter said.

Mr Katter claimed 63.61pc of the vote on a two party preferred basis over the LNP's Frank Beveridge.

Leichhardt

Veteran LNP representative Warren Entsch, who has been returned in the far northern seat of Leichhardt, has said this term will be his last.

By Sunday night Mr Entsch, 68, had 37.2pc of first preferences, a small swing of 2.2pc against him. His nearest rival, the ALP's Elida Faith had 29.4pc.

On a two-party preferred basis, Mr Entsch received almost 54pc of the vote.

Greens candidate Gary Oliver received 10.1pc of the primary vote while KAP candidate Daniel McCarthy recorded 8.3pc, a 4pc increase for the party on the last federal election.

United Australia Party's Jen Sackley picked up 4pc of the primary vote and One Nation candidate Ross MacDonald had 5.7pc.

Herbert

The LNP had a sweeping victory in the ultra marginal seat of Herbert, which takes in most of Townsville, with first time politician Phillip Thompson taking the seat from Labor's Cathy O'Toole, who held the seat by just 37 votes after the 2016 federal election.

Mr Thompson, an army veteran and 2018 Queensland Young Australian of the Year claimed the seat with a swing of 7.62pc. On a two party preferred basis he was ahead 57.6pc, or 11,986 votes ahead of Ms O'Toole when the seat was declared.

Mr Thompson said he would begin fighting for Townsville residents immediately, and has spent this week meeting with business leaders.

Dawson

Dawson MP George Christensen has retained his seat and increased his margin in the seat he has held since 2010.

Mr Christensen had an outstanding victory over Labor's Belinda Hassan, claiming 64.64pc of the vote on a two party preferred basis. His margin has increased to 11.27pc.

Mr Christensen has been vocal in his support for Adaini's Carmichael coal mine and opening up the Galilee Basin.

Capricornia

The LNP's Michelle Landry finds herself in rare air after retaining Capricornia for the Coalitiion.

Ms Landry first captured the seat for the LNP in 2010, edging out the ALP's Chris Trevor. She retained the seat in 2013 with a slender margin of 1pc.

However, she has made the seat an LNP stronghold after a pro-coal agenda delivered a margin of about 11pc over rivals and has thanked former Greens leader Dr Bob Brown as much as more than 30,000 constituents who voted in her favour.

"This was about jobs and coal mining and that worked for us and a big thank you to Bob Brown," she said, alluding to the controversial anti-Adani convoy led by Dr Brown which rolled into central Queensland and polarised the community.

"Labor lost its way and people were worried about what deals has been done with The Greens. Independent retirees made a silent protest."

Flynn

Ken O'Dowd proved a winner in Flynn once again despite losing ground with voters.

Mr O'Dowd, the LNP's successful defender of Flynn, had a swing against him of 1.06pc. Only Labor's Zac Beers (-2.75pc) had a more negative outcome in terms of comparative figures on the 2013 election.

Nonetheless, Mr O'Dowd will return to Canberra after voters backed his stance on coal jobs in a mining dependent region.

"I have been righting for coal and miner's jobs because they feel threatened by Shorten and Labor," Mr O'Dowd said.

Groom

LNP incumbent John McVeigh has retained the seat of Groom and on a two party preferred basis received 69.54pc of the vote. He enjoyed a swing of more than 4pc on his 2016 campaign.

Mr McVeigh said he was very proud and humbled by the election result.

He said he had a lot of work to follow up on the issues raised with him throughout the campaign.

"We are back to work after a big election campaign and have lots to do and lots of policies to implement," Mr McVeigh said.

Wide Bay

The Wide Bay electorate has voted to return LNP incumbent Llew O'Brien for a second term.

Mr O'Brien claimed more than 60pc of votes on a two party preferred basis, and garnered a 4.5pc swing away from Labor.

Mr O'Brien thanked his electorate for their support, saying there were exciting times ahead for Wide Bay.

"Prior to the election, I announced funding for a range of infrastructure, economic, community service, and sports projects that were locked into the 2019 federal budget," Mr O'Brien said.

"I now look forward to being part of the Liberal and Nationals team that delivers these projects that will create jobs and improve local services throughout Wide Bay."

The list of projects includes Maryborough's sugar industry benefiting from a new off-stream water storage supply that will sustain its operations and support 600 local jobs.

Hinkler

The LNP continues its reign in the Hinkler electorate, with Keith Pitt being re-elected for a third term.

There was a swing of almost 6pc away from the Labor party, with Mr Pitt claiming 65pc of the votes on a two party preferred basis.

Clearly the Australian people are not prepared to see the economy destroyed in the name of climate change - Hinkler MP Keith Pitt

Mr Pitt said it was a humbling experience to be elected for another term.

"I think this result is a win for common sense. People have recognised how important the resources industry is not only to this region, but the state of Queensland and the entire nation," Mr Pitt said.

"Clearly the Australian people are not prepared to see the economy destroyed in the name of climate change.

"I want to thank the Labor voters who for the first time have put their trust in us; we won't let you down."

Wright

Scott Buchholz has started his fourth term in office after winning last week's federal election in the seat of Wright.

The LNP MP said he was ready to work and grateful for the support.

"I am humbled to be once again supported by the people of Wright, with a swing to me of about five per cent two-party preferred," he said.

"But I know I have more to do. The community has spoken, choosing lower taxes, a stronger economy and safer borders over higher taxes.

"We are getting on with delivering our agenda of lower taxes, more jobs, better infrastructure and guaranteeing spending in health and education."

Blair

A 6.6pc swing against the ALP's immigration spokesman Shayne Neumann hasn't been enough to unseat him from the Ipswich, Kilcoy, Esk and Rosewood-based electorate of Blair.

Described as a safe Labor electorate with a margin of 8.1pc, the LNP's Robert Shearman nearly caused another of the upsets on Saturday night when he pushed that back to a 3.2pc margin.

Mr Neumann polled 31.9pc of the primary vote to Mr Shearman's 28.6pc.

The next highest number of votes went to Pauline Hanson's One Nation's Sharon Bell, who received 16.9pc. The electorate was created after a redistribution of the seat of Oxley, won by disendorsed Liberal candidate Pauline Hanson in 1996.

Longman

Small businessman Terry Young helped return the Coalition to power when he wrested Longman, the electorate between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, from the ALP's Susan Lamb on Saturday night.

Mr Young, whose parents were dairy farmers, has no previous political experience. He received 38.7pc of the primary vote but after preferences were distributed he leads with 53.1pc.

Ms Lamb won the seat for the ALP in 2016 when she defeated Wyatt Roy with a 7.7pc swing, and then won the 2018 by-election that was brought about by questions over her UK citizenship.

Familiar faces have been re-elected to represent rural and regional Queenslanders in the 46th Parliament of Australia.

Familiar faces have been re-elected to represent rural and regional Queenslanders in the 46th Parliament of Australia.

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