Gold Coast election reaction: Labor has ‘taken our city for granted’

The Gold Coast remains an LNP stronghold, with all five seats remaining safely in the hands of the Liberal National Party (LNP) following last night’s shock election result.

Angie Bell, Karen Andrews, Stuart Robert, Scott Buccholz and Bert Van Manen will remain in their respective seats of Moncrieff, McPherson, Fadden, Wright and Forde.

While all five members will spend the day talking to the media, taking down their signposts, and celebrating with friends and family, one of them is wondering ‘where was Labor?’.


Speaking with myGC this morning, Stuart Robert said he was shocked at his Opposition’s lack of effort.

“I had almost 300 locals out on polling booths in my electorate, Labor had 10. Ten people, just 10, not 10 on one booth,” Minister Robert said.

“Unfortunately the Labor party has taken our city for granted.

“Bill Shorten never turned up to our city… at all.

“He would make announcements about the light rail out of Beenleigh. And you can’t do that.”

Heading into the election, Labor looked poised to take the Forde seat which was neck and neck in the polls, though lost it in a shock result.

Though defeated Labor candidate Des Hardman says the result is disappointing, he denies the Labor party gave up on the Gold Coast, telling myGC his team did everything they possibly could.

“It felt like we did a really good job, and had a really good campaign,” Mr Hardman said.

“I was surrounded by a lot of wonderful people who worked really hard. I got support from everywhere.

“We had a good team on the ground on polling day, and we had a good team on the ground for the whole campaign.

“As far as the Forde campaign is concerned, we did everything that we could and we threw everything at it that we had.”

He went on to say that if he had to pinpoint where it all went wrong, he’d say voters were overwhelmed by the LNP’s ‘dishonest fear campaign’.

Though Member for McPherson, Karen Andrews, says it’s because the LNP didn’t taken anything for granted.

“We’ve been out there everyday for years, and we’ll continue to be out there, working hard for Gold Coasters,” Minister Andrews said.

Ms Andrews is out taking down her own signs this morning, and says the Gold Coast can now look forward to a hard working and united team.

“You’ve got a very committed and united team here on the Gold Coast,” she said.

“The five of us will be working hard to make sure we continue to deliver.

“Transport is one of the most significant issues.

“But we’ll also be looking at employment issues and making sure we’re at full employment here on the Gold Coast.”

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