Fractures within the Liberal Party in Canberra are increasing the likelihood of a snap Federal Election, with the Gold Coast a vital location for major parties.
As reported by MyGC here, there are a number of Gold Coast MPs who have abandoned Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for Peter Dutton.
Queensland is an extremely important location for the Liberal and National Party with Mr Turnbull falling out of favour with voters in the Sunshine State a number of our local MPs have jumped ship to support Mr Dutton’s leadership bid.
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The most recent election statistics show the Gold Coast seats are very safe for the LNP with the exception of Forde.
Electorate- MP- Margin
Fadden – Stuart Robert – 14.4%
McPherson – Karen Andrews – 13%
Forde – Bert van Manen – 4.4%
Moncrieff –Steven Ciobo – 18%
Wright – Scott Buchholz – 11.8%
However, the recent results in the by-elections, particularly Labor’s thumping victory in Longman, have given the opposition hope they can pinch votes on the Gold Coast.
Labor Senator Murray Watt told MyGC his party is eyeing off the seat of Forde.
“We’re very hopeful of our chance in Forde,” he said.
“Frankly, we won’t win the government if we don’t win there.
“We’re very confident from the feedback we’re getting from voters there, that they’re sick and tired of the LNP infighting.
He added, the latest leadership drama within the party shows Gold Coast LNP MPs don’t care about their constituents.
“We get elected to parliament to do a job for the people of the Gold Coast, not to get ourselves higher up the political ladder.”