O'Dowd in jeopardy if swings to Labor continue

IF current swings towards the Australian Labor Party are replicated in the federal election, Flynn MP Ken O'Dowd would lose his seat.

Gladstone experienced a 25.4% swing to the Australian Labor Party and an 8.2% swing statewide in the Queensland state election.

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National Party MP Mr O'Dowd won his seat in 2013 with a margin of 13%.

He said not everything was rosy in the LNP.

"You can forget about a safe seat in the traditional LNP seats. Nothing is safe anymore," he said.

"It's important to remember the grass roots and your ability to listen to people. Not some of the time, but all of the time."

Mr O'Dowd said he wanted the six or seven ministers who were publicy questioning Tony Abbott's position as Leader of the government to stop.

"Our Liberal brothers have two weeks to turn this right around," he said.

"At the moment, whether it is right or wrong, we are being perceived as disorganised and dysfunctional.

"We are the adults in the room and we are here to govern Australia."

He said when the next federal election was called, he would be running again.

"The (state) election results haven't affected my approach to my job," he said.

But federal ALP leader Bill Shorten said the people of Flynn deserved better.

"Regional Queensland felt let down by a government out of touch with what Gladstone wants," he said

"Tony Abbott and his ministers failed to show up and refused to talk to Queenslanders. The Liberal National Party paid the price."

He said Queenslanders could not afford Tony Abbott's cuts and increases to cost of living.

"I'll keep listening to the people of regional Queensland and fighting against the Abbott government."

Mr O'Dowd hit back at the Opposition leader's comments, saying Mr Shorten "doesn't give a stuff about the country, let alone Flynn".

"If he thinks his whistle stop visit to Gladstone during the state election campaign makes him an expert on Flynn, he has a lot to learn," Mr O'Dowd said.

"Someone please tell Bill that Flynn is more than Gladstone - it is a region twice the size of Tasmania with a diverse range of agriculture, business and industry. 

"He knows as much about Flynn as he does about economic management.

"As an example of his utter hypocrisy and disregard for the region, he recently refused to back the Adani coal, rail and port project in order to smooth over a dodgy deal for Greens preferences. 

"That's 10,000 new jobs and future export growth for the CQ region that could flow from Queensland's biggest-ever coal and rail project."



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