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Election result sees Peter Dutton victory amid Labor wipe-out in Queensland

ABC News logo ABC News 18/05/2019 Nick Wiggins

Federal Member for Dickson Peter Dutton thanks supporters in Strathpine after his victory against Ali France in the Federal Election. © AAP Image/Glenn Hunt Federal Member for Dickson Peter Dutton thanks supporters in Strathpine after his victory against Ali France in the Federal Election. Peter Dutton, whose failed bid to become prime minister toppled Malcolm Turnbull, has claimed victory in his seat of Dickson, as the LNP sweep seats across Queensland.

Counting is continuing in the electorate on Brisbane's north but with 46 per cent counted and with Mr Dutton on a primary vote of 53 per cent, the ABC election computer projects he will hold on to his seat.

Mr Dutton addressed his jubilant supporters with a Paul Keating quote.

"This is the sweetest victory of all."

The LNP has picked up at least two seats from Labor in Queensland, Longman and Herbert.

It looks set to hold its marginal seats of Brisbane, Flynn, Bonner, Petrie, Forde, Dawson, and Capricornia.

Capricornia Liberal MP Michelle Landry said the massive swing towards her was "beyond belief".

She said she owed her success to a convoy of anti-Adani protesters, which descended on central Queensland last month.

"Thank you Bob Brown is all I can say," she said.

ABC's chief election analyst Antony Green said the Coalition was on track to win 23 seats in Queensland, Labor would only win four.

"That's the sort of wipe-out we were seeing in 2001, 2004 in Queensland for Labor," he said.

"This is a terrible result for the Labor Party."

Penny Wong said the state had been tough for Labor.

"It's been tough in Queensland for a fair while for Labor federally," she said.

"We've had state Labor governments but that hasn't, other than in '07, translated into a strong federal vote."

Liberal Senator Arthur Sinodinos said the coalition's jobs message cut through in Queensland.

"I think the story's in two parts. I think north Queensland and central Queensland … Adani became about jobs," he said.

"The Bob Brown caravan which went up there to talk about stopping Adani, had the effect of making a lot of locals say 'hang on, you are not going to tell us how to live'.

"In the outer suburbs of Brisbane, I think Scott Morrison plays quite well and in part, they've also probably picked up on the jobs message."

Mr Dutton would have been a major scalp for Labor if he had been defeated.

Mr Dutton's time in the roles of Immigration and Home Affairs Minister and his place in the Liberal Party's conservative wing made him a divisive figure and attracted groups like GetUp! to run massive campaigns against him.

He has held the seat on Brisbane's north since 2001 when he defeated Cheryl Kernot, the former Democrats leader who defected to Labor.

In 2007 he scraped through by just 217 votes.

Mr Dutton was forced to apologise to his Labor opponent Ali France during the campaign after suggesting she was using her disability as an "excuse" for not living in the electorate.


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