LNP wins Hinkler
MEMBER for Hinkler Paul Neville was celebrating his re-election after Labor candidate Belinda McNeven called to officially concede defeat.
Mr Neville entered his Bundaberg office to cheers and applause from about 30 LNP volunteers and staff after taking the call just before 8.30pm.
With just under 80% of the vote counted, Mr Neville received a swing of 9%.
Mr Neville had 37,457 of the vote compared to Ms McNeven’s 22,595.
“It’s an endorsement of the policies that I have put forward and that they are what the people of Hinkler wanted,” Mr Neville said.
With a number of seats around the country hanging on a knife-edge, Mr Neville was cautious about which party would form government.
“Even if we do not win government today, I will do my best to deliver the things which I have promised in this campaign period,” he said.
“The only way these things won’t happen is if a Labor government is bloody minded about them.”
Mr Neville has held the seat since 1993.
Ms McNeven thanked her family, supporters, staff and volunteers for helping with the campaign.
“I have to say that I’ve worked as hard as I could work,” she said.
“I honestly still believe the Labor Party’s plans are the right way forward.
Ms McNeven said she would return to her position at the Fraser Coast Regional Council.