Trevor facing a tough tussle
AFTER the 2007 election Labor's Chris Trevor held the seat of Flynn by the slimmest of margins – just 0.2%.
While a redistribution now gives him a notional 2.2% margin, he faces a tough fight to hold on to it.
Disquiet over the minerals resource rent tax introduced by Labor could damage Mr Trevor's bid to hold the seat.
He will also not be helped by reports he was toying with the idea of standing down from the seat over his disgust with the ousting of Kevin Rudd as prime minister on June 23.
But he was talking tough after the announcement of the election date on Saturday.
“The ref has blown the whistle and it's game on,” he said. “I've been in training for this for the past two and a half years so I'm more than ready.
“Centrebet has me the underdog so I am going to have to fight for every vote.”
Mr Trevor said the last thing the Flynn community needed was a backbencher in an Opposition government.
“We need a seat at the prime minister's table,” he said.
LNP candidate Ken O'Dowd said the biggest issue influencing Flynn voters was the uncertainty of the mining tax issue.
“Companies such as Rio Tinto, the Gladstone Port Authority and the coal mining industry will be affected by this issue as well as the future Emissions Trading Scheme uncertainty,” Mr O'Dowd said.
Mr O'Dowd said other issues influencing Flynn voters were the ageing population and mental health care.