OPINION: Real help needed for Wide Bay electorate
POLITICAL strategists make fine calculations before picking the seats worth fighting for.
Considered safe for the conservatives and too hard for Labor, Gympie region's Wide Bay electorate is one of the ones they may often ignore.
The LNP's Warren Truss is only in power by 2.45%, but it does seem a fairly solid and unchanging 2.45%.
Seats seen as unlikely to change notoriously find their loyalty rewarded by neglect, as the strategists take them for granted.
But some things are different this year.
Mr Truss is retiring and his LNP replacement, Llew O'Brien, says he is not taking anything for granted.
Nor should he. He faces a big job establishing himself over a large territory, from Fraser Island to Peregian Beach and from Booubyjan to Imbil
His Labor rival Lucy Stanton faces a similar challenge.
A growing sense of anger at our "Coles-Woolworths" political system is one of those unexploded bombs which could benefit the Greens' Bron Marsh.
To add complexity, redrawn boundaries mean the electorate now includes Noosa, which at state level is LNP. Maryborough on the other hand, switched from LNP to Labor at the most recent state election.
Who else will run?
And if we are seen as safe, who cares about us anyway?
Some sort of real help, like maybe money for the Rattler, could answer that question.