George calls seat but nation in doubt
AS WE wait to find out which major party will form government, it seems certain Dawson candidate George Christensen will retain his seat.
The LNP candidate made an announcement on Facebook last night stating his Labor opponent, Frank Gilbert had conceded.
"I suppose that's what's ordinarily done," Mr Christensen said this morning.
"I do take joy out of the fact that people have given us their support and once again, at the end it looks like we'll have a bit over 53% of the two party preferred vote," he said.
Mr Christensen said despite a nationwide swing towards the ALP and groups like GetUp! throwing at him everything they could, he'd managed to withstand it all.
"We had the union movement, the maritime union, electoral trades union and even GetUp! organisation pouring a lot of money in the seat of Dawson," he said, looking back on the eight-week campaign.
Also during this time, Mr Christensen was targeted personally, with campaign signs throughout the Whitsundays vandalised on a number of occasions.
Despite this he still had a positive outlook.
"I think it's been a bit of a dirty campaign," he said. "I copped a lot of personal abuse on advertisements and it's probably the dirtiest election I've seen.
But despite all that, we've retained the seat."
Overall Mr Christensen said he thought the Whitsunday region in particular had been very favourable towards him which he was "glad to see".
Mr Christensen made his commitments to the Whitsundays well known throughout the campaign- the most notable being a multi-million dollar pledge to the Whitsunday Sports Park.
"I am hopeful that the Liberal National Coalition is going to retain government and if we do, we can get those commitments delivered," he said.
"We want to put nearly $2million in the Whitsunday Sports Park project and we're wanting to deliver a new walking track over at Whitehaven Beach."
Another of Mr Christensen's promises was that he would work closely with Whitsunday Regional Council to help them benefit from reef funding.
But a project Mr Christensen did not make mention of throughout his campaign was flood-proofing the Goorganga Plains in Proserpine.
"Another thing I want to see is funding to deliver a fix for the flood prone area of the Goorganga Plains on Bruce Highway," he said today.
"It's an area just after the airport in Proserpine that floods quite regularly and even though it wasn't part of the election commitment, it's one thing I want to fight for."
With the Australian Electoral Commission saying this morning it could be weeks before a national result is announced and the ALP currently ahead by just a couple of seats, Mr Chrisrensen faces the possibility of either a hung parliament or being an opposition MP.
"We'll just have to wait and see what happens," he said.
"We're not there yet but I think we're in with a better chance of forming government."