2013 Federal Election guide to the seat of Flynn

FLYNN covers an area of about 133,063sq km including Gladstone, the regional councils of Bundaberg (partial), Central Highlands, Gladstone, North Burnett, South Burnett (partial), Banana Shire and Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council.

Main towns include Agnes Water, Banana, Biloela, Biggenden, Blackwater, Boyne Island, Calliope, Duaringa, Eidsvold, Emerald, Gayndah, Gladstone, Gracemere, Miriam Vale, Monto, Mount Morgan, Moura, Mundubbera, Perry, Sapphire, Tannum Sands, Taroom, Theodore, Wondai and Woorabinda.

The main industries are coal, oil, gas, orchards, cotton, grain and cattle. The Port of Gladstone is a major export facility for the area.

About 40% of Flynn voters live in Gladstone and it remains one of the most marginal seats in Queensland.

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THE CANDIDATES

Incumbent: Ken O'Dowd (LNP)

The prominent businessman capitalised on State Government asset sales, the proposed super profits tax and general dissatisfaction with Labor to win the seat for the Nationals in 2010.

Mr O'Dowd's mining and business background - among a number of ventures he owned a pub early last decade - make him popular in Gladstone.

More about Ken O'Dowd here

Chris Trevor (Labor)

Mr Trevor returns to try and win back the seat he lost to Mr O'Dowd in 2010.

The prominent lawyer, who counts Prime Minister Kevin Rudd as a friend, threatened to quit at the height of the Labor leadership battle in June, claiming he was "wasting his time" as long as it dragged out.

More about Chris Trevor here

RIchard Love (Katter's Australian Party)

Mr Love, 46, is originally from outside Edinburgh, but has been living at his property 15km north of Bundaberg for the past eight years.

He is a sugar farmer who has previously worked for Smorgon Steel.

More about Richard Love here

Duncan Scott (Independent)

Mr Scott is a farmer from Wowan. He ran as a candidate in the 2010 election, securing 3.79% of the vote.

He has been a farmer all his life and in the Army Reserves. He is interested in issues with local small towns and communities.

More about Duncan Scott here

Steve Ensby (Palmer United Party)

Mr Ensby, 34,  is a businessman from Mt Morgan. He is involved in the polythene manufacturing industry and has a registered cattle and land business.

He is a former Katter's Australian Party candidate in the state seat of Callide.

More about Steve Ensby here

Craig Tomsett (Independent)

Mr Tomsett, 44, lives in Gladstone and works in hospitality. He is single dad with an eight-year-old son.

Growing up as a Labor supporter, Mr Tomsett said the party had changed its values.

Campaigning on a human rights platform, he has stated that he decided to run as an independent after frustration with current politicians not listening to constituents about how legislation will affect communities.

Kingsley Dickins (Rise Up Australia Party)

His party website states Mr Dickins is involved in church life with his family in Kingaroy in Qld and that he has been drawn into politics due to the needs affecting Australia.

His occupation lists Mr Dickins as a bus operator, but he also has wide experience in the building industry and retail.

More about Kingsley Dickins here

Serena Thompson (The Greens)

Ms Thompson has been a resident of Flynn her whole life, she lives in Gin Gin where she works in the hospitality industry as a kitchen hand.

Renae Moldre (Family First)

Ms Moldre has a background in office administration and now runs a business with her husband servicing the mining industry. As a mother of four with one on the way, she is passionate about supporting families and ensuring that strong values are maintained. 

More about Renae Moldre here

2010 RESULT (Two-party-preferred)

Ken O'Dowd 53.58% (+5.82 swing)
Chris Trevor 46.42%

WORD ON THE GROUND

This year sees Flynn go to the polls for just the third time in its short history, and voters seem jaded with both major parties in the marginal electorate.

The ALP and LNP candidates are keen to promote past achievements, as they've both held the seat previously, but locals are more concerned with plans for jobs as the booming region starts to slow due to international market pressures.

VERDICT - LNP HOLD

The bookies have installed Mr O'Dowd as a $1.38 favourite to hold the seat, but the return of Kevin Rudd has shortened the odds from $8 to $2.80.

However, a mammoth task awaits Mr Trevor. He only scraped over the line in 2007 when the nation was in the grip of Kevin Rudd fever.

While Mr Rudd's return could help Labor at the upcoming election, it's doubtful his popularity will reach the stratospheric levels of '07.

And Mr Trevor also benefited from a three-corner contest in 2007- an advantage he did not enjoy in 2010 and will not enjoy this time around because of the subsequent merger of Liberal and National parties in Queensland.

 The impact of this merger was evident at the 2010 election, when the LNP attracted 47% of the primary vote.

INTERESTING FACT
The seat is named after the Reverend John Flynn, the founder of the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

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