Voters unsure on final day
GLADSTONE has been inundated with visiting Federal politicians during the past five weeks, all in the name of promoting their political party.
Yesterday marked the final day of campaigning, with visits to Gladstone by Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan, Nationals Leader Warren Truss and Liberal Party member for Groom and Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources Ian Macfarlane.
Both local major party candidates, Labor's Chris Trevor and Liberal National Party's Ken O'Dowd, have tried to claim they are the underdog in this election.
What started out as a 2.2 per cent swing in the seat of Flynn has been fluctuating throughout the campaign, which has been shown in opinion poll results.
Both candidates yesterday said they were confident, but not too confident.
“I'm feeling as confident as an underdog can be,” Mr Trevor said.
“I believe that the community of Gladstone will recognise the substantial contribution that we've made to the Flynn community in the last 2.5 years.”
Mr O'Dowd said the sitting member always had a better shot at winning an election because they already had their name out there.
“Now people say that I'm favourite but that can only be because of the (LNP) policies versus the Labor Party's policies,” he said.
“That's the only reason why I can see that I'm favourite.”
The Observer has been out on the street throughout this last week of campaigning, talking to people about how they expected they would vote today. The general response has indicated that people were still undecided.
“I think there is a high undecided vote and while that is a concern that they haven't made up their minds yet, I think it does indicate that they are not happy with the Gillard Government,” Mr Macfarlane said.
“Increasingly, people are switching off from politics and don't like to switch on at all,” Mr Truss said.
“But voting is a very important part of securing a democracy.”