Hoolihan ousted in landslide win
AFTER representing the Keppel electorate for eight years, Labor Party's Paul Hoolihan has been ousted as the Liberal National Party had a landslide win across the state.
The new member for Keppel is LNP's Bruce Young, who achieved a 13.6% swing to win the seat.
Mr Hoolihan brought Keppel into the Labor fold in 2004, increased his majority further in 2006 and suffered only a 0.5% swing against him in 2009.
Mr Hoolihan had said on Saturday night he wanted to wait for the pre-poll and postal vote results before conceding defeat.
But when the results yesterday morning showed 9254 primary votes to Mr Young and 7154 to Mr Hoolihan; and after preferences, 10,319 to Mr Young and 8230, the writing was on the wall.
"With those figures today, I can't win," he told the Morning Bulletin yesterday.
"I was looking to postal votes going heavily in my way.
"I don't think that will happen."
Mr Hoolihan said he was disappointed with the result, but he now planned on a well-deserved break with his wife, and teaching her how to play golf.
Mr Young, who celebrated his win Saturday at the Yeppoon Golf Club with about 200 supporters, said he looked forward to representing the Keppel constituents.
Mr Young said the first issue that needed to be addressed was getting more visiting medical officers (specialists) to Rockhampton and Yeppoon to stop patients having to travel to Brisbane all the time.
With 66.3% of the votes counted, primary votes
LNP Bruce Young 9254 votes
ALP Paul Hoolihan 7154
KAP Luke Hargreaves 3462
GRN Paul Bambrick 1339
I was looking to postal votes going heavily in my way