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Liberals strengthen
grip in Coast seats

by Cameron Outridge

Sunshine Coast Liberals Strengthened their stranglehold of the hinterland at Saturday’s election.

Peter Slipper holds probably the region’s largest margin with 62.87 percent support in the Fisher electorate, on a two party preferred count.  His support grew 1 percent.  In Fairfax, Alex Somlyay had reached 60.57 percent of the two party preferred count. His support grew by 1.39 percent.

A delighted Mal Brough was a comfortable winner in his marginal electorate of Longman. The result means the hard working member member has, for the first time, a safe Liberal seat rather than a marginal seat.  Mr Brough retains the seat he has held since 1996 with 52.52 percent of the two-party preferred vote.

Support for Labor’s Stephen Beckett dropped five percent in the electorate that was a key to the party’s hopes of taking government.  The Howard government won its fourth term in office with a decisive victory after the Labor vote fell away across the country.

Final results from the Australian Electoral Commission are not expected for another two weeks. Pre-polls, postal and absent votes have to be collated before the process is finalised.  The Government has been returned with an increased majority of seats in the House of Representatives and also in the Senate.

In his column this week Mr Brough says this means that a number of key pieces of legislation which have previously been blocked by the Senate can be re-introduced.  “For example overturning unfair dismissal laws and the sale of Telstra,’’ he said.

“One of the first things on the agenda is the Investing In Our Schools initiative. Funding of $1 billion will be paid directly to Australian schools and local parents, teachers and principals need to start thinking about what it is that their school needs.”

Mal & Sue Brough, centre and centre left,
and supporters celebrate the win on Saturday.

Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.