Keith Pitt wins political bingo game
BATTLELINES have been drawn and ballot positions in the seat of Hinkler allocated ahead of the July 2 Federal Election.
At noon today across the country, the Australian Electoral Commission played a special game of bingo as politicians eagerly awaited to hear their position on the ballot paper.
At the Maryborough St electoral office, seven Hinkler candidates were officially declared, with incumbent Hinkler MP Keith Pitt drawing first blood, taking out the coveted top spot.
Family First candidate Stephen Lynch came in second with One Nation's Damian Huxham in third place.
Bill Foster, who is standing as an independent, placed fifth while Greens candidate Tim Roberts was in sixth.
Mr Pitt said while it was great to be at the top of the ticket, he was quick to point out a clear distinction between himself and his Labor opponent Tim Lawson, who drew last spot on the ballot.
"You have a choice between more jobs and a stronger local economy and we have a plan to deliver those things," he said
Mr Lawson said he was not disappointed with his position on the ballot and that it all came down to face-to-face encounters with voters.
"I'm spending a lot of my time out meeting people in Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, Childers, Burrum Heads," he said.
"I think people will make their own minds up when they meet me and realise I really am keen to help the community."
One Nation candidate Damian Huxham said he was just happy being on the ballot and immediately went on the attack.
"We need to end the stranglehold that is the stagnant LNP and we need to move forward," Mr Husham said.
"With myself in the seat and Pauline (Hanson) backing me from the Senate, we can release ourselves from the chokehold of the LNP and move forward in this region."
Australia Liberty Alliance's Robert Windred, fourth on the ballot paper, hoped his party's policies would get him across the line.
Mr Windred said he wanted to remove pressure from the public hospital system in Hinkler by setting up publicly funded day surgery clinics.