Most local voters had already made up their minds. But just in case, volunteers such as Carmel Watson (LNP) and Gary Schulze (Labor) were there to help.
Most local voters had already made up their minds. But just in case, volunteers such as Carmel Watson (LNP) and Gary Schulze (Labor) were there to help. Alistair Brightman

Fraser locals say Labor stinks

FRASER Coast voters were among the loudest in Australia in declaring the Labor Party was on the nose.

The National’s Paul Neville recorded the third-highest swing against Labor in Queensland in decimating his ALP opponent, Belinda McNeven, while Wide Bay victor Warren Truss’s dominance was just as impressive.

Just a few months ago Hinkler was regarded by the Labor Party as a seat it could win with McNeven only needing a 1.5 per cent swing against the veteran Neville to unseat him.

When Kevin Rudd fell off the back of the union bandwagon McNeven’s hopes crashed along with him.

Before his black night in Canberra he had become a close mentor of the former deputy mayor of the Fraser Coast council and had made a number of quick trips to the Hinkler electorate.

There were plenty of smiles for the camera from Rudd and McNeven on Melbourne Cup Day at the Boat Club, but they would have been a distant memory yesterday for the deflated Labor Party candidate.

A Fraser Coast Chronicle poll just days before the election predicted that McNeven was about to get crunched and that’s exactly the way it panned out.

McNeven was out the door after the first two booths had been counted and she went on to record just 22,753 votes compared to Neville’s 41,428.

The voter backlash over Rudd’s midnight assassination and the Labor Party’s poor performance while in power was felt right across Australia.

Of the 30 electorates in Queensland, the most dominant victories were recorded in Brisbane City and on the Fraser Coast.

Neville recorded an 8.5 per cent swing in his favour on a two-party preferred vote and Warren Truss a 7.41 per cent swing. That put both seats in the top five best performances by the Coalition in the state.

With the counting and lobbying still going on there is now a chance that Wide Bay will have a deputy prime minister as their member and that Hinkler will have a representative back in the seats of power.

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