Warren Truss and Keith Pitt will represent the Fraser Coast in the Federal Government.
Warren Truss and Keith Pitt will represent the Fraser Coast in the Federal Government. Mitch Crawley

Minor parties take big part of the vote on Fraser Coast

MINOR parties took a major chunk of votes across both Hinkler and Wide Bay electorates in Saturday's federal election, but it wasn't enough to defeat the Liberal National Party's strong hold on the Fraser Coast.

Despite a 10% swing against him, Wide Bay MP Warren Truss comfortably secured the seat with about 34,000 votes, or about 48% of the vote.

His Palmer United Party opponent Steve Anderson saw a 17% swing to the party in its first election.

Mr Anderson gained about 11,700 votes.

Labor candidate Lucy Stanton suffered a 3.5% swing against the party, gaining about 14,600 votes or about 21% of the vote in Wide Bay.

Katter's Australian Party candidate Gordon Dale won about 6% of the vote and the Greens candidate Joy Ringrose took about 6.3%.

In the Hinkler electorate, LNP MP Keith Pitt secured about 32,000 votes or about 44% of the vote.

It was an estimated 11% swing against the LNP as Mr Pitt stood for the seat for the first time.

Retiring Hinkler MP Paul Neville held the seat for the LNP since 1993.

Labor candidate Leanne Donaldson suffered a 4% swing against the party, but still gained more than 20,000 votes or about 28%.

The Palmer United Party also had a strong showing in Hinkler, with an 18% swing to candidate Rob Messenger.

Mr Messenger gained about 13,100 votes.

Katter's Australian Party candidate David Dalgleish took out about 3200 votes or about 4.5%, while Greens candidate Mark Simpson gained about 2.6% of the vote.

The full distribution of preferences was not available for the Hinkler and Wide Bay electorates on Sunday.



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