June 10, 2016
Nominations for the July 2 Federal election closed at noon on Thursday, and the draw which determines the order in which candidates appear on ballot papers was carried out on Friday, June 10.
After a slow start in May when just 10 candidates indicated their intention to nominate for the three Federal electorates that cross the South Burnett (Maranoa, Flynn and Wide Bay), the field has now expanded to 23 – the same number that ran in the 2013 poll.
Eight candidates will stand in Maranoa and eight in Flynn, while seven will contest Wide Bay.
The ALP, LNP, The Greens, Pauline Hanson’s One Nation and Katter’s Australian Party will field candidates in all three electorates.
Family First will field candidates in Maranoa and Wide Bay; Rise Up Australia and CountryMinded will field a candidate apiece in Maranoa; the Glenn Lazarus Team will field a candidate in Wide Bay; and three independents will throw their hat into the ring for Flynn.
All three electorates are currently held by the LNP.
However the retirement of sitting members Bruce Scott (Maranoa) and Warren Truss (Wide Bay) at the July 2 election will see newcomers David Littleproud and Llew O’Brien trying to retain the seats for the party.
Maranoa is considered one of the safest LNP seats in the country, and Mr Littleproud would need to suffer a swing greater than 22.3 per cent to lose it.
Wide Bay is also considered safe for the LNP, and a 13.2 per cent swing would be needed to prevent Mr O’Brien becoming its next Federal member.
However the margin in Flynn is tighter (6.5 per cent) and sitting member Ken O’Dowd will not be helped in this election by being the last candidate on the ballot paper.
The ballot draw order for all three electorates is shown below: