BURNETT COUNTS: Bennett in front but not celebrating yet
- Lee Harvey- Labor
- Stephen Bennett- LNP
- Tim Roberts- Greens
- Ashley Lynch- One Nation
The Burnett division had 33,378 electors at Close Of Roll
Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett is not taking anything for granted despite holding a massive lead in race for the seat of Burnett.
Mr Bennett's nearest rival, One Nation's Ashley Lynch, is more than 20 per cent behind the sitting member in two-party preferred voting but a cautious Mr Bennett says preferential voting could change that.
"This whole phenomenon of compulsory preferences is going to give us a mixed bag in a lot of seats," Mr Bennett said
"Early indications are we polled well and I thank the general public for that.
"I will take nothing for granted and I will let the commentators make the predictions.
An incredibly tired Mr Bennett said he had worked non-stop across the Bundaberg and Burnett regions.
"We have worked very hard on a positive campaign on issues that matter to Queensland," Mr Bennett said .
He said it has been frustrating to see negative campaigning by opponents around the region and his party had a lot to do regain the trust of regional voters.
" I look forward to claiming the seat once all the voting is done," Mr Bennett said.
"This doesn't happen without a mountain of support from family, friends and volunteers."
With 18 booths in, Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett can almost break open the champagne.
Although Just 14 per cent of the votes are counted Mr Bennett will win comfortably if the trend continues.
At first One Nation's Ashley Lynch looked to be making a contest of the seat but Mr Bennett holds a commanding lead on the two party preferred vote, 60 per cent to 40 per cent.
WITH 1.89 per cent of the votes counted, Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett has taken the lead.
Mr Bennett holds 40% of the votes followed by One Nation candidate Ashley Lynch with 32%, Lee Harvey from ALP with 22% and Greens candidate Tim Roberts with just 5%.