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Election 2016: Lilley held by a ‘wafer thin’ margin by Wayne Swan

The Lilley electorate was created in 1913 and named after Sir Charles Lilley, a former Premier and Chief Justice of Queensland. It has been held by all parties over the years, but in recent years has become more of a Labor seat, though seen as marginal, held by Wayne Swan (by 1.3%).

He is opposed by LNP candidate David Kingston, who recently received bad press after publishing an online travel diary, reported by the Courier-Mail (7.6.16) for its sexist comments about ‘women’s chores, women’s work and how he was surprised a woman could drive a truck’.

Former Treasurer, Swan, received praise from the Head of the Treasury, Dr Martin Parkinson PSM, at the time of the Global Financial Crisis for his handling of the Australian economy – achieved by applying Keynsian economics.

Parkinson resigned after Tony Abbott became Prime Minister (jumping before he was pushed) but was appointed by Turnbull in 2015 as secretary of Prime Minister and Cabinet, taking up the position in January 2016. One can only wonder about how he views the vilification of Swan and the ALP as poor economic managers.

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