Belinda McNeven never lost her smile despite a tough election campaign.
Belinda McNeven never lost her smile despite a tough election campaign.

Beaten candidate is not upset

“LOOKING at those figures I wouldn’t do anything differently if I went back to fight the federal election all over again.”

With those confident words Belinda McNeven, Labor’s candidate for the seat of Hinkler, which was won by sitting MP Paul Neville yesterday with 54.9 per cent of the primary vote, does not rule out one day seeking higher political office.

“It’s a bit difficult at this stage to rule in or out but I believe I did a good job and people have told me that.

“I worked very hard, handled the campaign with integrity and in 33 days brought 11 ministers to this region.

“I have always tried to help people within our community. That’s just me.”

The Hinkler poll was declared at the Australian Electoral Commission’s Hinkler division office.

The divisional returning officer, Trevor Jordan, announced that Paul Neville had won the seat with a primary vote of 44,393. His nearest rival was Ms McNeven with a vote of 26,245.

The other contenders were Jenny Fitzgibbon (Green) 4613, Trevor Versace (FFP) 2568, Adrian Wone (Ind) 1700, Cy D’Oliveira (Ind) 1264.

A notional preference distribution also favoured Mr Neville with 48,750 to Ms McNeven’s 32,033.

Of the state seats within Hinkler, Hervey Bay was kindest to Mr Neville with 62% (2PP) and Maryborough (part) 61%. Ms McNeven’s average primary vote across the Hervey Bay and Maryborough booths was 31% and 2PP 38%.

House of Representative candidates paid a $500 deposit and that will only be refunded if they achieved at least four per cent of the first preference votes.



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