O'Dowd to hold Labor to promises

NEWLY-elected Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd says he will be the ‘bulldog at the gate' if the Labor Party tries to get out of promises made during the election campaign for Flynn electorate.

Mr O'Dowd, who was declared by the Australian Electoral Commission as the successful candidate for the seat, said he planned to get all relevant information about projects and issues for the region as soon as possible.

“I'll be calling on the relevant minister as early as this week to provide me with a briefing and detailed costings with regard to all of these projects so I can access how viable and cost-effective Labor's plans are,” the Liberal National Party MP said.

Mr O'Dowd said he was particularly interested in information about the Calliope Crossroads project, the final stages of the Port Access Road and the Yeppen Bridge and roundabout upgrade near Rockhampton.

Anyone who has taken up an issue with former MP Chris Trevor are being urged to relodge matters with Mr O'Dowd's office, which will be established at Mr Trevor's former office in Goondoon Street by the end of the week.

The AEC issued a statement on Friday regarding the exclusion of some votes in the Flynn electorate.

“The examination will establish the facts surrounding the incident and report its findings to the Electoral Commissioner,” the statement said.

The incident and a further incident affecting 854 early votes, cast at the Emerald pre-poll voting office, were not handled in accordance with the provisions of the Commonwealth Electoral Act.

Those votes have been removed from the AEC Virtual Tally Room figures, which resulted in Mr O'Dowd's lead cut by 410 votes from a lead of 5861.

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