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Flynn, newly created central Queensland seat running from west of Longreach to Gladstone, prime target for Nationals

Posted by gasweek on 17 October, 2007

The Nationals were pinning their hopes on a clutch of east-coast seats, particularly the newly cre­ated electorate of Flynn in Queensland and other recently redistributed seats in New South Wales, wrote Cath Hart in The Australian (15/10/2007).

Mayor Churchill candidate for Flynn: The prime target for the Nationals was Flynn, the newly created central Queensland seat that ran from west of Longreach to the coastal town of Gladstone. The Nationals’ candidate, Glenn Churchill, was also the mayor of the local Banana Shire, providing him with a solid base from which to criticise the state Labor Government’s con­tentious council amalgamation scheme.

Optimism in NSW: Another key area for the Nationals would be the north-western region of NSW, where the boundaries of federal seats were radically redrawn in a recent redistri­bution that abolished Gwydir, the seat of former Nationals’ leader John Anderson. The party was optimistic that candidate Chris Gulaptis could hold on to the NSW seat of Page, which had been vacated by the retirement of fellow National Ian Causley. Mark Coulton would contest Parkes. The former Parkes MP, National John Cobb, would run in Calare, a seat vacated by the retirement of Independent Peter Andren. Senior Nationals sources said the party had set its sights on winning Flynn and regaining Richmond on the Queensland-NSW border to make up for the loss of Gwydir.

Leichhardt, Capricornia hard to call: Other “dark horse” seats included Leichhardt in north Queensland, where Liberal Char­lie McKillop and the Nationals candidate Ian Crossland would fight a three-cornered contest for the seat vacated by Liberal Warren Entsch, who was retiring. Capricornia was another seat on the Nationals’ agenda, with Robert Mills taking on Labor MP Kirsten Livermore in a seat that had undergone dramatic changes since the last election, with strong growth within the mining community.

The Australian, 15/10/2007

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