One Nation candidate for Whitsunday Deb Lawson, incumbent Whitsunday MP and NQ First Leader Jason Costigan and LNP candidate for Whitsunday Amanda Camm at the ballot draw for the 2020 Queensland State Election. Photo: Elyse Wurm
One Nation candidate for Whitsunday Deb Lawson, incumbent Whitsunday MP and NQ First Leader Jason Costigan and LNP candidate for Whitsunday Amanda Camm at the ballot draw for the 2020 Queensland State Election. Photo: Elyse Wurm

Election: Ballot order drawn for Whitsunday candidates

CANDIDATES vying for the Whitsunday seat at the upcoming state election took part in the ballot “lottery” draw this afternoon as their position on the voting papers was decided.

Paul Hilder for the Legalise Cannabis Qld Party took out the top spot, with LNP candidate Amanda Camm claiming the second position.

Third on the paper will be Greg Armstrong from Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party.

Only three of the eight candidates vying for the seat at the upcoming election were present for the draw at Whitsunday Shopping Centre at 2.30pm today.

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Ms Camm said the ballot position would always be the luck of the draw.

“What counts is the work and effort the candidate has put in to get to know the issues, the community priorities and who has done the work to demonstrate that they can be a representative that can be relied upon to deliver for the Whitsundays,” Ms Camm said.

One Nation candidate Deb Lawson claimed sixth spot on the paper, saying she had been happy with the reception she had been given around the region.

“I would have liked to be higher but it is what it is,” she said.

Ballot draw for the Whitsunday electorate for the 2020 Queensland state election.
Ballot draw for the Whitsunday electorate for the 2020 Queensland state election.

Incumbent Whitsunday MP and NQ First Leader Jason Costigan will be seventh on the ballot sheet.

He said deciding the order was a “lottery”.

“You have to accept the umpire’s decision,” he said.

“We live in a democracy and that’s how it works.”

Mr Costigan drew the top spot for the 2015 state election, but today said he’d been “all over” the paper.

“Nothing phases me, it’s about the people, not the number,” he said.

Early voting starts on October 19 and residents can cast their vote at Whitsunday Shopping Centre Shop 15, 226 Shute Harbour Rd, Cannonvale or Proserpine Whitsunday Freemason Lodge, 29 Chapman St.


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