Bleijie’s in the firing line but retains his seat
DESPITE a heavy slice of the primary vote, Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie, Member for Kawana, was pushed in the two-party preferred voting, but he retained his seat.
In the face of a night of heavy LNP bloodshed, the Member for Kawana faced a live television panel in Brisbane, putting on a brave face as his colleagues fell like characters in a game of political Guess Who?
The much-maligned Attorney-General scored more than 50% of the primary votes after 64.15% of votes had been counted, however, ALP candidate Mark Moss had closed the gap on the two-party preferred system to less than 15%.
Mr Moss spoke yesterday with optimism, as he was confident of clawing votes off the sitting member, and polled strongly, scoring more than 6000 votes as of about 9pm last night.
"I reckon we're going to give them a scare," Mr Moss said yesterday.
Did you expect such a massive statewide swing against the LNP?
This poll ended on 01 February 2016.
No. I thought things would stay roughly the same.
No. I thought they'd lose seats but nothing like this.
Yes. There was always going to be a correction.
Yes. The LNP had to go.
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
The Greens' Marcus Finch said the work of the minor parties, combined with Mr Moss' campaigning, would hopefully put a dent in the enormous margin of comfort Mr Bleijie had enjoyed.
"They've (LNP) basically been asleep at the wheel for the past 20 years because it's been such a safe seat," Mr Finch said.
Independent candidate Michael Jessop said the short campaign had been a tough hurdle, but remained positive yesterday of polling a few votes.
"We're in with a chance but you can never tell," Mr Jessop said.
Palmer United Party candidate and state deputy leader Jeremy Davey, who secured a decent slice of votes, said he'd relished the challenge of taking on one of the safest LNP seats, and hoped between himself and other candidates; Mr Bleijie's margins would be smashed.
"Kawana's been neglected for years," Mr Davey said.
Copping plenty of criticism live on-air last night, Mr Bleijie defended his contentious anti-bikie laws, which were bashed by political pundits.
"Only six months earlier we were being criticised for not doing enough about organised crime on the Gold Coast," Mr Bleijie said on-air last night.
After 64.16% of Kawana votes counted:
Primary votes: Jeremy Davey (PUP): 11.44%, Jarrod Bleijie (LNP): 50.48%, Michael Jessop (IND): 1.58%, Marcus Finch (GRN): 8.83%, Jason Deller (Withdrew): 0.76%, Mark Moss (ALP): 26.92%.
Two-party preferred: Jarrod Bleijie (LNP): 57.96% led Mark Moss (ALP): 26.92%.