CELEBRATIONS: Leanne Donaldson with supporters including members of Not4Sale on Saturday night.
CELEBRATIONS: Leanne Donaldson with supporters including members of Not4Sale on Saturday night. Mike Knott BUNCELEB

Donaldson 'grateful' to Not4Sale for targeting Bundy

WHILE the Bundaberg seat remains on a knife edge, Not4Sale campaigners are jubilant with the massive swing in the electorate.

At last count, Labor's Leanne Donaldson held 51.88% of the vote while Mr Dempsey held 48.12% of the vote, after preferences - a difference of 815 votes.

Interestingly, about noon yesterday the Queensland Electoral Commission removed the notional votes for all electorates from its site.

Questions were sent to the ECQ as to why this was done but the NewsMail did not receive a response by print deadline.

Whether Labor wins the seat or not, Not4Sale Bundaberg campaign co-ordinator Stephen List said it had been a successful campaign.

"Without a doubt, Not4sale unseated Jack Dempsey (and) I don't think he'll be able to pull back those votes," he said.

Ms Donaldson said she was "grateful for Bundaberg being a seat that they did target" however she said the ALP had nothing to with that decision.

"We knew a number of seats would change but didn't predict the LNP wouldn't be there."

Mr List said Bundaberg was among a number of seats it targeted including Cairns, Barron River, Cook, Mundingburra, Mirani, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Kallangur, which all recorded huge swings to Labor.

"A ReachTEL poll indicated to us that there were a lot of undecided voters in Bundaberg," he said.

"This was never about Jack; this was all about the LNP's policies.

"If we could swing about 80% of them, then we would have a chance of winning the seat."

Mr List said his group had not endorsed Labor. However, he and other Not4Sale campaigners were at Ms Donaldson's function on election night.

"We were invited guests and it was a pleasure to be there," he said.

"Everyone tried to say we endorsed Labor but we didn't.

"Our campaign was to put LNP last, and to put them last you have to number every box.

"There's no doubt Leanne was a beneficiary of our

campaign."

Ms Donaldson said she was "grateful for Bundaberg being a seat that they did target" however she said the ALP had nothing to with that decision.

"They independently made a decision of which seats to target," she said.

"In the 2012 election they actively campaigned against the ALP when that (selling assets) was something we were looking into doing."

Mr List said both major parties had learned a valuable lesson.

"I don't think any government will want to go down the path of privatising assets again," he said.


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