On Sunday morning, electors woke to news that the third safest Labor seat in Queensland of Bundamba had seen a massive 13% swing away from the Palaszczuk Government due to a strong local campaign by Pauline Hanson’s One Nation candidate and local resident Sharon Bell.
Counting as of early Sunday, One Nation received 27.93% first preference compared to Labor 42.44% which saw Labor hold the seat of Bundamba on 58.5% two-party preferred against One Nation’s Sharon Bell 41.5%. It is the first time the minor party has contested the outer Ipswich seat since 2004.
“I am proud of the campaign my team and I have ran here in Bundamba focusing on the issues locals wanted addressed by the Queensland Labor Government. The massive swing against Labor shows locals are concerned by the SuperDump, lack of job creation as well as rising cost of living pressures under the Palaszczuk Government” Sharon Bell said.
Sharon Bell attributed the rise in support to One Nation over the weekend to many factors including her local connections, One Nation’s opposition to the Dump and Incinerators as well as the work of Senator Hanson and Roberts are doing in the Federal Senate on behalf of Queenslanders and Ipswich residents.
“Sharon has run a strong professional campaign which outlined and addressed the problems facing Bundamba under this Toxic Labor Government. She can be proud of her efforts and her desire to fight for Bundamba residents, that is why we would love for her to represent Bundamba in the general state election later this year. One Nation Candidate Coordinator Neil Symes said.
“The new member for Bundamba has very big shoes to fill left by Jo-Ann, but we will shine a spotlight on inactivity in stopping the Labor SuperDump as well as the election promises made by the Queensland Labor Government during this By-election. Jo-Ann didn’t rubberstamp every decision Jackie Trad made for Bundamba however we fear the new member for Bundamba will as a thank you for his pre-selection.” Sharon Bell said.
Queensland voters are scheduled to go back to the polls late October 2020, with One Nation indicating it will run candidates in all seats within the greater Ipswich region.