LNP favoured to wrest Capricornia Federal seat from Labor
MICHELLE Landry was surprised to learn yesterday she was leading the federal electoral race after Capricornia was first considered too close to call.
Online bookmaker Sportsbet.com.au was offering $1.75 to LNP and $1.95 to Labor.
Betting markets were released on all 150 electorates a month ago and punters with sportsbet.com.au indicate a 92-seat-to-54 victory for the Liberal National Party.
"I don't take much notice of these things," Ms Landry said yesterday.
"Really it's just about getting out and listening to the constituents … getting to know them and getting across the issues."
She said the cost of living was the biggest issue and people were really struggling.
"The amount of red tape in business … small business is struggling very badly and there are too many government regulations. We will address that," she said.
With 50% of the population now employed in small business, Ms Landry said it was important to look after the sector.
"We keep hearing the same thing everywhere.
"People are just keeping their heads above water. They're not really doing well, just treading water.
In the punters' eyes, the other two Central Queensland seats of Flynn, held by Ken O'Dowd, and Dawson, held by George Christensen, were safe bets to stay with the LNP.
Meanwhile, Federal Opposition leader Tony Abbott will be in the Rockhampton region tomorrow on an official visit. He is pictured below with cattlemen Graeme Acton and Cameron McIntyre at Paradise Lagoons outside Rockhampton. Mr Abbott will throw his support behind LNP candidate Michelle Landry before heading to the Capricorn Coast as special guest at a cocktail party. Ms Landry says Mr Abbott is expected to address the carbon tax and issues facing small business during his visit.
Kirsten Livermore held Capricornia for the ALP for almost 15 years before she declared her intention to retire from federal politics earlier this year.
The ALP candidate for Capricornia is expected to be announced on Wednesday.
In the 2010 election, Labor suffered an 8.4% swing against the party.
On a two-party preferred result, Ms Landry managed to secure 46.32% to Ms Livermore's 53.58%.
Third on the count was The Greens candidate Paul Bambrick is expected to run again.
$1.75 Coalition, $1.95 Labor, $15 any other
$1.05 Coalition, $8.00 Labor, $51 any other
$1.17 Coalition, $5.50 Labor, $15 any other