Few electorates have seen so much drama in their existence, and this election is not much different…
•North of Brisbane and on the southern end of the Sunshine Coast, Longman takes in Burpengary, Caboolture and Bribie Island. It’s another seat that’s sensitive to infrastructure concerns with the area experiencing high population growth and many commuting into Brisbane for work.
• Susan Lamb is the current MP – she won the seat in 2016 (beating the parliament’s youngest member, Liberal Wyatt Roy). She won it again with an increased margin in a byelection last year forced by her inherited UK dual citizenship.
• The Liberals’ candidate at the byelection was Trevor Ruthenberg, a former State MP. But he wrongly claimed he’d earned a prestigious defence service medal, which adversely impacted his campaign. This time they’re running with local businessman, Terry Young.
• With a margin of just 0.8%, United Australia Party and One Nation preferences will play an important factor in this election’s result.
• It’s a seat that some think could be a Coalition gain, but given last year’s byelection and the support the electorate showed for Lamb, it is a tough one for them to pick up.