Labor clinches Bundaberg seat


The new member for Bundaberg believes voters made a clear choice in state election, despite Labor only holding the highly-contested seat by nine votes.

Tens of thousands of ballot forms had to be recounted for both Bundaberg and the Nicklin electorate, on the Sunshine Coast, due close margins in October's state election.

Former teacher and Labor MP Tom Smith says the results speak for themselves.

"It was nine votes but on the back on a 4.2 per cent swing, so I think the people of Bundaberg made a clear choice,'' Mr Smith tells us.

"Just like what we saw across the Wide Bay and Queensland".

The two seats were final pieces to the puzzle, handing the Palaszczuk Government 52 of the 93 seats.

Labor claimed an early victory in both regions, but the Electoral Commission did a recount following a request from the LNP.

Mr Smith says it has been an anxious wait.

"I tried to find better ways to fill my time then worry about it.

"The count was going to be what the count was going to be, so I just went out for a drive and see the good sights of Bundy''.

 Mr Smith is promising to deliver training opportunities across schools, TAFE and universities, by investing in local infrastructure.