Member for Mirani, Stephen Andrew with voters Peter McNeill and Alan Crowley at CQ University Polling Booth on election day. Picture: Daryl Wright
Member for Mirani, Stephen Andrew with voters Peter McNeill and Alan Crowley at CQ University Polling Booth on election day. Picture: Daryl Wright

One Nation claims sole victory in Queensland election

STEPHEN Andrew has finally claimed victory for Mirani as the final round of postal votes are tallied and the preference flows start to move.

More than a week after ballots closed, election officials and scrutineers are still picking through the Mirani results with about 100 votes separating One Nation's Mr Andrew from the ALP's Shane Hamilton.

With just more than 10 per cent of the vote left to count, Mr Hamilton is in the lead on first preferences with 32 per cent of the vote to Mr Andrew's 31.68 per cent.

But a strong conservative vote, split between One Nation, LNP and NQ First, is expected to push Mr Andrew back into parliament.

"When the preferences get handed out I believe I'll pick up most of Jason Borg's and 60 per cent of Tracie Newitt's," Mr Andrew said.

"They should bring me pretty easily across the line.

"And then that's me a winner."

Mirani MP and sole One Nation politician Stephen Andrew watched the results come through with volunteers, friends and family on election night. Picture: Zizi Averill
Mirani MP and sole One Nation politician Stephen Andrew watched the results come through with volunteers, friends and family on election night. Picture: Zizi Averill

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Mr Hamilton has held off conceding defeat but said victory would be difficult as preferences started to kick in.

"I think we're just ahead in the primaries, but I think preferences will mean we'll struggle to get across," Mr Hamilton said.

He said scrutineers were reporting votes falling heavily to One Nation.

Mr Hamilton said he relished the campaigning experience and he was prepared to spend the next four years building up his role in the Mirani community.

"I'll wait for the dust to settle and see what happens," he said.

Mr Andrew said the long campaign had been followed by an extensive wait for the votes.

He said tireless volunteers had watched as more than 5000 postal votes were counted.

Mr Andrew said the sudden growth in postal votes had led to many informal ballots being thrown out.

Mirani Labor candidate Shane Hamilton watched the election results with his volunteers on Saturday October 31. Picture: Zizi Averill
Mirani Labor candidate Shane Hamilton watched the election results with his volunteers on Saturday October 31. Picture: Zizi Averill

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He said 500 postal votes were classified as informal and thrown away because voters had not followed Electoral Commission of Queensland instructions.

"It's a sad thing to throw away your vote," Mr Andrew said.

"It's an important thing we do as a society.

"It's important to make sure every vote hits the mark."

While he has not officially been declared, Mr Andrew said he was still moving ahead with the job.

"We still get paid for two months after the election," he said.


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