Election countdown is on

IN JUST 10 days, the people of the Whitsundays will go to the polls to decide our next federal representative for the electorate of Dawson.

The electorate covers the coast from Mackay in the south to the outskirts of Townsville in the north.

The seat covers the coastal areas but not all inland areas of the Burdekin or Whitsunday local government areas.

Seven candidates will contest the electorate which is currently held by the Liberal National Party's George Christensen with a margin of just 2.4 per cent.

Mr Christensen was elected in 2010 when he defeated Labor's James Bidgood who only held the seat for one term.

Prior to that, Dawson was held by the National Party's Deanne Kelly for 11 years until the shock result at the 2007 election when there was a 13 per cent swing against Labor.

Ms Kelly held a 10 per cent margin at the time but the swing was one of the biggest in the country at that election.

This year, there are 508 more women than men registered to vote in the electorate of Dawson.

However the figures also show that for nine of the 12 age-specific groups, more male voters had enrolled.

The largest enrolled group, according to the Australian Electoral Commission, is the 70-plus group with 11,833 enrolled voters, followed by the 50-54 age group with 10, 273 and the 40-44 group with 9504.


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