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Labor wins 20% swing in Stafford by-election

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Cameron Atfield

LNP Stafford candidate Bob Andersen looks on at Campbell Newman addresses the media at Wilston State School on Stafford by-election day.

LNP Stafford candidate Bob Andersen looks on at Campbell Newman addresses the media at Wilston State School on Stafford by-election day. Photo: Michelle Smith

The Newman government has suffered its second by-election loss this year, with a massive swing towards Labor in Stafford.

With 68.6 per cent of the vote counted the Liberal National Party’s Bob Andersen had suffered a 17.3 per cent primary vote swing against the party.

The Greens’ vote was also up 1.3 per cent, but with Labor candidate Anthony Lynham attracting 50.4 per cent of the primary vote their preferences would not be needed to see the ALP increase its representation in Parliament from eight to nine.

The two-party preferred swing to Labor was just over 20 per cent, meaning maxillofacial surgeon Dr Lynham appeared likely to finish the night as the newly elected member for Stafford.

On a two-party preferred basis Dr Lynham led Mr Andersen 62.2 per cent to 37.8 per cent.

If such a swing was replicated across Queensland at next year’s state election, the LNP would lose 48 seats – and government.

The Stafford by-election was forced by the resignation of former assistant health minister Chris Davis after philosophical differences with the Newman government about doctors’ contracts and electoral donation laws.

The LNP also suffered a significant swing in February’s Redcliffe by-election, which saw former federal MP Yvette D’Ath swept into office with a 17.2 swing away from the Newman government.

While the stench of disgraced former LNP MP Scott Driscoll aided that result, the Driscoll factor could not be blamed for the party’s poor showing in Stafford.

2 comments

  • A taste of things to come. Victoria in November will wipe the nasty liberal smell away from the state of Victoria as the same is coming to pass in Stafford.
    The next item of anticipation is the coming trial of Newman. I am sure he will look nice in Prison Green.

    Commenter
    Cap'n Smith
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    At the Helm
    Date and time
    July 19, 2014, 7:10PM
    • Cando isn't so shiney now. After redcliffe we were told he is listening then he promptly went about doing whatever he wanted while ignoring the needs of those less fortunate. His 4 pillars to cut the cost of living never happened, he single handedly rebuilt Brisbane after the floods and he's okay bastardising workers. bikie crime may be down but other crime continues unabated. I don't like bullies and snobs even less - so Stafford voters thanks for the payback on behalf of the rest of the state.

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      Lanie loves
      Date and time
      July 19, 2014, 7:16PM
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