Dawson battle in final stage
AUSTRALIANS head to the polls this Saturday for the Federal election – and the residents of the Whitsundays are living in one of the most marginal seats in the country.
In our electorate of Dawson, Labor's Mike Brunker and the LNP's George Christensen appear to be neck and neck just two days out from the election.
Mr Brunker was involved in a physical altercation at the Bowen races on Saturday but is confident this has not affected his chances of winning.
On Sunday, he was in Airlie Beach with Tourism Minister Martin Ferguson promising $5 million toward the upgrade of Airlie's main street if he wins on the weekend.
The LNP's George Christensen had already been in Airlie on Thursday to announce he would be asking the Government for $15 million if he becomes our local member at a federal level.
The other three candidates contesting the seat of Dawson are Jonathan Dykyj (Greens), Damian Herrington (Family First) and Bill Ingrey (Citizen's Electoral Council).
Labor currently holds Dawson with a margin of just 2.6 per cent.It will be one of 15 key seats that will help decide the election.
Dawson was held by the National Party from 1975 until 2007 when James Bidgood won the seat from Deanne Kelly in one of the biggest swings in the country.
Mrs Kelly had held the seat since 1996.
Mr Bidgood is not contesting the election.
Labor's Mike Brunker is currently the mayor of the Whitsunday Regional Council and LNP's George Christensen is a councillor with the Mackay Regional Council.
Polling places on Saturday open at 8am and close at 6pm and voting is compulsory.