Voters in Flynn follow trend
VOTERS in the seat of Flynn followed the national pattern at the weekend, ousting first-term Labor member Chris Trevor and installing LNP challenger Ken O'Dowd with a 3.75% swing.
Mr O'Dowd outstripped Mr Trevor in a number of country towns, including Gayndah, Biggenden, Miriam Vale, Monto and Mundubbera.
With 72.98% of votes in the seat counted, the LNP challenger received 45.38% of the first preference vote compared to Mr Trevor's 42.15%.
In the two-candidate preferred tally, Mr O'Dowd received 51.51% of the vote compared to the incumbent's 48.49%.
Mr O'Dowd was still receiving congratulatory phone calls and media interview requests at 4pm yesterday.
One of the first things he did after being declared the winner was to pay his respects to the family and friends of the soldiers killed in Afghanistan at the weekend, before going on to thank his team.
“There can only be one winner,” he said.
“To all the candidates, they were very good opponents. They fought a very hard and very tough campaign.”
Mr O'Dowd said he believed people feared the loss of jobs from Labor's proposed Mineral Resources Rent Tax, which was the key factor in his winning votes.
“Chris Trevor brought in every Tom, Dick and Harry to the Flynn electorate during the campaign to try and secure votes, making promises that are still questionable as to their affordability and it seems it hasn't made a difference,” he said.
“I pay credit to Chris on behalf of the people of Flynn because he's done a good job for the people — he just works for the wrong party.”
Mr O'Dowd said there was hardly a corner of the electorate he did not travel to during the campaign, talking to people and covering all issues.
“I want to go down to Canberra and start working on some of the projects I have on my mind,” he said
“I think a lot of money has to come back here.”
Mr Trevor could not be contacted yesterday but, speaking on Saturday night, he paid tribute to his supporters and the help they gave during the campaign.
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