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Campaign focus returns to ‘marginal’ SE Qld seats

On the dinosaur trail in Fairfax

The ABC’s Paul Donoughue and Tim Leslie have compiled a pictorial essay (23.6.16) exploring voter sentiment among residents of the Sunshine Coast electorate of Fairfax, where anti-Clive Palmer feelings run high.

With Palmer’s departure, over a quarter of the electorate’s 2013 primary vote is now up for grabs. Just as last time, there are eight candidates vying for the seat, which is expected to return to the LNP fold.

‘For his constituents on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, the Clive Palmer experiment is over. We tour the sleepy seat of Fairfax as it says farewell to one of the country’s most recognisable MPs.’

Jobs and infrastructure key to winning votes in Forde

The ABC’s Katherine Gregory reports (23.6.16) on the main issues driving voter sentiment in the seat of Forde, south of Brisbane, where Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has promised federal funding to upgrade the M1 motorway.

The Forde electorate is held by the LNP’s Bert van Manen by a margin of 4.4 per cent, after he held off a challenge for the seat by former Premier Peter Beattie at the 2013 election. Based in and around parts of Logan City, the electorate has been held by both major parties and has a habit of falling to the party that forms government. The ALP’s candidate for the 2016 election is Des Hardman, who stood aside in 2013 to make way for Beattie’s campaign entry.

Longman voters unhappy with Wyatt Roy, want focus on business, social issues

The ABC’s Katherine Gregory reports (22.6.16) on voter dissatisfaction in the seat of Longman, north of Brisbane, where some residents complain that key issues and concerns are being overlooked.

The incumbent LNP member, Wyatt Roy, holds the seat with a reasonably comfortable margin of 6.9 per cent, though he faces off against ten other candidates at the 2016 election. Opinion polls in the electorate, based around Caboolture and highway suburbs on Brisbane’s northern outskirts, show the LNP and ALP deadlocked, so preference flows will be key to securing victory.

‘Some voters in the south-east Queensland seat of Longman say they are unhappy with LNP MP Wyatt Roy, as his Labor opponent nudges closer in the polls.

‘The electorate, which encompasses the satellite city of Caboolture and Moreton Bay, has become one to watch for the upcoming election.

‘The region has been plagued by high rates of unemployment, domestic violence and suicide. And voters have been demanding their candidates manage those social problems, along with helping the plight of small business.’

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