Member for Bundaberg Jack Dempsey and Labor candidate Leanne Donaldson engaged in 21st century social media warfare today. A winner is yet to be determined.
Member for Bundaberg Jack Dempsey and Labor candidate Leanne Donaldson engaged in 21st century social media warfare today. A winner is yet to be determined. Max Fleet

Dempsey and Donaldson go toe-to-toe on election eve

UPDATE: A spokesperson for Member for Bundaberg Jack Dempsey said the Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services had been in Bundaberg since last week.

Mr Dempsey's supposed whereabouts became fodder for Labor candidate Leanne Donaldson, after she said she heard him tell voters at prepoll yesterday he would be flying to Brisbane today.

A spokesperson for Mr Dempsey said the Bundaberg MP had been in town "since last Wednesday", and this morning announced funding for RSPCA Queensland.

See their online exchange below.

EARLIER: As Premier Campbell Newman and Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk debated for the final time before tomorrow's election Bundaberg rivals Jack Dempsey MP and Leanne Donaldson took a more 21st century route for their own spat.

The pair traded shots on Twitter, using the social network medium to call each other out for a range of lies.

The slanging match stemmed from Labor candidate Ms Donaldson accusing of Mr Dempsey of lying to prepoll voters yesterday.

Labor candidate Leanne Donaldson kicked things off with this tweet, to which Member for Bundaberg Jack Dempsey called a lie. When the NewsMail clicked the link it Facebook said the page could not be found, so the contents remain a mystery (feel free to let us know Ms Donaldson). Mr Dempsey followed that effort up with a photo outside the prepoll booths in Bundaberg. Ms Donaldson soon hit back, demanding Mr Dempsey reveal his whereabouts this morning. The exchange follows a similar path, as other Twitter users added their two bobs' worth to the discussion. Ms Donaldson even suggested a solution to the LNP leadership discussion should Campbell Newman lose Ashgrove. Mr Dempsey and Ms Donaldson (or their media teams) kept strong however, and continued to bicker. And it continued.... At least one Twitter user wasn't happy with Mr Dempsey's response...


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