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Simpson working out the message

REDUCED MARGIN: Fiona Simpson, pictured with constituents at the Duporth Tavern, suffered a swing of 15.3% against her.
REDUCED MARGIN: Fiona Simpson, pictured with constituents at the Duporth Tavern, suffered a swing of 15.3% against her. John Mccutcheon

QUEENSLANDERS had spoken, but the ultimate message they had delivered might not be certain for several weeks, returning Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said last night.

Ms Simpson, who suffered a swing of 15.3% against her, said the clear message she had received was that people wanted to retain the government but also to reduce its margin.

"I expected a swing of that magnitude," she said.

"But I'm humbled to have been returned by my electorate.

"We still don't know the state result. I said it would be tight. I was seeing surveys of voter expectation of who would win compared with their own intention.

"They didn't want a change of government but they wanted to reduce our margin. The trouble is there is no moderating switch."

Did you expect such a massive statewide swing against the LNP?

This poll ended on 01 February 2016.

Current Results

No. I thought things would stay roughly the same.

1%

No. I thought they'd lose seats but nothing like this.

39%

Yes. There was always going to be a correction.

16%

Yes. The LNP had to go.

42%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Ms Simpson acknowledged the angst in the north of her electorate over the proposed Sekisui House development, but said she had been consistent since last year about her position.

She said there were other issues though. People wanted to ensure their voice would be heard.

"Every vote does count and matter," Ms Simpson said.

"At a state level it's too close to call. It make take weeks to resolve.

"There is a lot of uncertainty. The people have spoken, but we don't know yet what the message is.

"I have had a sense today that while the people didn't want a change of government, they didn't want the same level of margin.

"This is my three-year job review.

"There's always lessons to be learned. You have to listen to people."

Labor candidate Bill Gissane opened his waterfront Minyama home last night to campaign workers from the Buderim, Kawana and Maroochydore electorates.

Given Ms Simpson's 20.9% margin going into the contest, he said if the vote went to a preference count he would be pleased with the outcome.

After struggling through the pre-polling period from January 19, he was buoyed by interest in the party's How To Vote cards yesterday.

Mr Gissane said Ms Simpson had spoken out against the controversial Sekisui House proposal at Yaroomba, but he was pleased voters realised that given the involvement of Planning Minister Jeff Seeney and the LNP's Brisbane headquarters, her promises were not worth a cracker.

THE NUMBERS

Two-party preferred: Fiona Simpson (LNP) 54.18%, Bill Gissane (Labor) 45.82%

Primary vote: Fiona Simpson (LNP) 45.65%; Bill Gissane (Labor) 26.57%, Trudy Byrnes (Green) 14.07%; James McDonald (PUP) 13.7%

Topics:  fiona simpson lnp maroochydore queensland election 2015


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