Hinkler LNP candidate Paul Neville gets ready for election day with Cathy Heidrich and John Rutherford.
Hinkler LNP candidate Paul Neville gets ready for election day with Cathy Heidrich and John Rutherford. Alistair Brightman

Veteran romps home

PAUL Neville has already been rewarded for his dominant win in the Federal seat of Hinkler with an appointment as acting party senior Whip.

“My job is to pull the troops together with Warren Truss and plan our future and our tactics,” he said.

“If we do form the government Warren will be deputy prime minister and it will be up to him and Tony Abbott to decide on the new ministry,” he said.

“At the moment it is up to Mr Abbott to deal with the Independents.”

A disappointed Belinda McNeven said she believed Labor’s plans for health, education and the economy were better than the LNP’s and called on Mr Neville to open an office in Hervey Bay.

“I always said that if I were elected I would have offices in Hervey Bay and Bundaberg.

“People here have missed out for too long.

“I’d like to thank all the people who supported me. The swing against Labor wasn’t just about Hinkler – it was across the board.”

Family First candidate Trevor Versace said he had achieved what he wanted.

“I made the statement that there were more options there,” he said.

“People need to be given the opportunity to have their say.”

Greens candidate Jenny Fitzgibbon said she was delighted to see the state-wide swing to the Greens.

“I wish there had been more time for election education,” she said.

“People did not understand they could vote 1 Greens and 2 LNP.”

Independent candidate Cy D’Oliveira said he was very disappointed with the Hinkler electorate’s outcome.

“I’m disgusted, I can’t believe it,” Mr D’Oliveira said.

“I thought there was a good chance of a hung parliament and was hoping to get elected to push my policies. The result lost me my deposit.

“The people of Hinkler lost a good opportunity to put me in parliament.”



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