March 26th 2012
How Magnetic Island voted
Magnetic Island voted on Saturday in the Queensland State Election and, like almost everywhere, the ALP vote was mercilessly hammered. The ALP's Townsville member, Mandy Johnstone, lost her seat to the LNP's John Hathaway but unlike southern areas it was the impact of the Katter's Australian Party which did the greatest damage. Combined with the comparatively high Greens' vote the results perhaps reflect the more individual flavour of the Island's North Queensland voting style.
The Queensland Electoral Commission shows that, on the Magnetic Island primary vote, Mandy Johnstone lost almost 15% of her support - down from 42.33% to 26.84% and, it seems, the big beneficiary was Bob Katter's Australian Party who, appearing for the first time, attracted 21.8% of the Island vote.
The LNP's John Hathaway also lost votes on the LNP's 2009 vote: down 9.45% to take a primary lead of 35.3%. Meanwhile the new kid on the block, Katter's Australian Party, while taking a large bite out of the ALP and LNP vote, was lower on Magnetic than the Townsville average of 23.23%.
As has happened before, the Greens recorded the highest booth results for any Townsville-based polling places with a representation which was up slightly (0.3%) on 2009 to 13.86. This was nearly twice the Townsville average of 7.6%
We haven't yet seen the distribution of preferences listed on the Queensland Electoral Commission's website (Click here) but as all can see, across Queensland, Campbell Newman's LNP has had a staggeringly large victory.
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