SURROUNDED The seat of Bundaberg is surrounded by Burnett.
SURROUNDED The seat of Bundaberg is surrounded by Burnett. ECQ

BUNDABERG COUNTS: 'It is all up in the air'

Candidates

  • David Batt- LNP
  • Leanne Donaldson- Labor
  • Dr Jane Truscott- One Nation
  • Ric Glass- Independent
  • Alan Corbett- Independent
  • Richard Smith- Independent
  • Marianne Buchanan- Greens

 

The Bundaberg division had 34,247 electors at Close of Roll.

UPDATE 9.07PM:

WITH the seat of Bundaberg hanging in the balance it could be days before a winner is declared.

Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson has just nudged in front of  LNP candidate David Batt in the two-party preferred count.

She has not conceded.

Ms Donaldson's media advisor reminded commentators calling an LNP victory that one third of Bundaberg voters pre-polled and there was still a lot of votes to be counted.

It won't be easy for Ms Donaldson to maintain the lead.

Despite leading the primary count by 4 per cent the majority of One Nation preferences are expected to go to Mr Batt and with counting finishing at 10pm the spokesman said it was too early to call the election result tonight.

"We are still in with a shot," he said.

It was the same message coming from Mr Batt's LNP camp.

Mr Batt was too busy to talk but a campaign spokesman said he would not claim victory saying the result may not be known for days.

"It is all up in the air," the spokesman said.

"There will be no result tonight."  

 

 

 

 

No Caption
No Caption Ashley Clark

 

UPDATE 7.56PM

MEMBER for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson is tonight calm, telling ABC TV she doesn't expect a result until the next few days.

While experts are predicting a 2.8% swing towards the LNP, Ms Donaldson is currently in the lead on the primary voting with 36.5%.

However, she is still behind LNP candidate David Batt in predicted two-party preferred voting.

"I think it's still way too early to tell. We're just getting the primary votes in on a lot of the booths," she said.

"It will be hard to tell but I think you never take anything for granted."

Ms Donaldson said they were expecting One Nation to have quite a presence in the region, so it wasn't unexpected. She said the splits would be quite interesting when they came in.

Asked whether she thought her past financial troubles would hurt her chances, the Member said most people she had come across were more worried about their cost of living and what she could do for them.

"That's what I've been focused on," she said. 

 

Leanne Donaldson.
Leanne Donaldson. Craig Warhurst

 

 

 

UPDATE 7.45PM

WITH 32 percent of the vote counted LNP candidate David Batt still has the lead in two party preferred voting but Member of Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson is closing in.

Mr Batt has 52 per cent of the two party preferred vote while Leanne Donaldson has 48 percent.

Ms Donaldson has been slowly pulling in the gap and has now extended her lead in the primary vote.

She now holds 36 per cent of the primary vote with Mr Batt holding 33 per cent.

On Nation's Dr Jane Truscott is still polling at more than 20 per cent and her preferences will decide who takes the seat. 

 

David Batt at the East State School polling booth.
David Batt at the East State School polling booth. Mike Knott BUN251117ELECTION3

 

UPDATE 7.20PM

Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson's primary vote continues to surge.

She has now overtaken LNP candidate David Batt.

Currently with  15 per cent of the vote counted Ms Donaldson has  35.55 per cent of the vote and Mr Batt 35.10 per cent.

MS Donaldson is still in trouble in the two party preferred behind  by 15%. 

 

 

Bundaberg votes.
Bundaberg votes. Hayley Nissen

 

 

UPDATE 7.10PM

The early lead held by LNP's David Batt has been clawed back by the Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson.

The Labor sitting member  now has 34 percent of the vote behind Mr Batt who holds 36 per cent of the vote.

One Nation candidate Jane Truscott's vote has softened.

She is now in third place with 21 per cent of the vote.

Her preferences look likely to decide who is the new Member for Bundaberg.    

Independent candidates Richard Smith, Richard Glass and Alan Corbett are out of the race.

 

 

 

 

UPDATE: 7PM

Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson has surged in the polls over taking One Nation's Jane Truscott with just 4.5 per cent of the vote counted.

The two party preferred vote has David Batt still in the lead with 63 percent of the vote in front of Labor's Leanne Donaldson at 37 per cent.

Bundaberg votes.
Bundaberg votes. Hayley Nissen

 

It's still early days but if the trend continues David Batt could be the new member for Bundaberg.

State wide Labor is still tipped to hold  power. 

 

 

 

 

EARLIER:

WITH less than 1 per cent of votes counted the LNP's David Batt has taken an early lead over member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson.

Mr Batt has almost 40 per cent of the vote with One Nation's Jane Truscott with 25.5 percent and Leanne Donaldson with 23.49 per cent. 

 

LNP candidate David Batt.
LNP candidate David Batt. Paul Donaldson BUN050317LNP2

 

 

 

 

 

 



No i-deer: Buck runs wild in Bargara park

premium_icon No i-deer: Buck runs wild in Bargara park

The deer was spotted in Barolin Nature Reserve

290 Queensland fires in 24 hours

290 Queensland fires in 24 hours

Fireys called to 290 bushfires in the 24 hours to 8am today.

'Low life' steals Lester's handicap permit

premium_icon 'Low life' steals Lester's handicap permit

His niece was confused by the items the thief took from Lester's car

Local Partners