Neville takes seat
RE-ELECTED Member for Hinkler Paul Neville said yesterday he was “humbled” by the election result that put him back in Parliament.
Mr Neville was joined by supporters in the Australian Electoral Commission’s Bundaberg office as Hinkler divisional returning officer Trevor Jordan finally declared him the winner of the seat.
Just over two weeks after the federal election was held, Mr Jordan said the counting of votes in Hinkler was complete.
He said Mr Neville had won with 44,393 votes, a clear lead over the next candidate, Labor’s Belinda McNeven, who finished with 26,245.
The other contenders were Jenny Fitzgibbon of the Greens with 4613 votes, Family First’s Trevor Versace on 2568 and independents Adrian Wone on 1700 and Cy d’Oliveira on 1264.
As Mr Neville won the seat outright with 54.9%, the seat was declared on primary votes.
Mr Neville said yesterday that going into the election he sensed the voting public had some deep concerns.
“I think the result says a number of things,” he said.
“It says the public wanted a clear-cut decision.”
Mr Neville said the results also showed voters wanted their member to be local.
He said while people understood the major parties could not give a lot of promises, the message he got was they wanted some things that had been nagging at them for a long time fixed, such as fixing the mouth of the Elliott River.
However, a notional preference distribution also favoured him by 48,750 to Ms McNeven’s 32,033.
In the seat of Flynn, centred on Gladstone, no winner has been declared yet, although the LNP’s Ken O’Dowd has a lead of 5810 votes over Labor’s Chris Trevor on a two-party preferred basis.
An Australian Electoral Commission spokesman said a declaration was expected on Thursday or Friday.