MP sends out 70,000 surveys about hot topics

KEN O'Dowd is putting the power in the hands of his electorate when it comes to the hot topics.

The Member for Flynn released a paper survey on Saturday intended to gauge public opinion on controversial issues including same-sex marriage, euthanasia and daylight saving.

Going out to over 70,000 households, Mr O'Dowd said he expected to have the full results from the exercise in the coming weeks.

"I just hope a good percentage will come back ... it's over things that people talk about and are on one side or the other, not just within my electorate but every other electorate in Australia," he said.

"I am elected by the people and I do what they tell me to do. There are always those for and against but if there is an outstanding majority then that's the way I'll go."

If the results come back evenly divided, Mr O'Dowd said he would be forced to make a "captain's call".

If the survey is a success, the MP said he was looking forward to putting more issues to the people to ensure he is getting an accurate representation of the values of his electorate.

"No one can say they haven't had their say," he said.

"I will certainly tell them what my survey resulted in, I think they should all be discussed."

The move follows a phone poll conducted earlier this year by Rockhampton MP Bill Byrne in his electorate.

Participants were asked for their positions on various issues including poker machines, dams in the Fitzroy Basin, net-free zones and the Great Keppel Island casino licence.

Requests last month by The Morning Bulletin to see the results of the survey went unanswered and a spokesman from Mr Byrne's office yesterday said he had no comment to make.



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