Russ does it again

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Russ does it again

MCMILLAN MP Russell Broadbent has seen off a steadfast challenge by Labor to retain the seat for the Liberal Party.

While the result of Saturday’s federal election remained unknown as The Star went to print, Mr Broadbent said he was humbled by his re-election to a fifth consecutive term, despite Labor narrowing the margin by six percent.

“It was a marginal seat and with 10,000 new voters in the electorate we were unsure which way it would swing,” Mr Broadbent said.

“It’s always a relief after a long campaign and the result was rather magnificent.”

Mr Broadbent received 55.97 percent of the vote, edging out Labor candidate Chris Buckingham.

“I’m content with the results. I would have loved to have been the sitting member, but it just wasn’t meant to be,” Mr Buckingham said.

“The voters have a had a good look at what I’m about and I have a better idea of what the community expects, so I am feeling positive about the next election.”

Mr Buckingham believed Labor would be a strong contender in the next election.

“We took six per cent from the sitting member and that six per cent will remain,” he said.

“A number of State Government issues – such as the CFA dispute – had an effect on the election, but we are now in a good position.”

While Mr Broadbent was the front runner at many of local polling booths – taking 54.47 percent of the votes over Labor’s 20.52 percent in Leongatha, 48.63 percent over Labor’s 26.19 percent in Korumburra and 53.02 percent over Labor’s 23.44 per cent in Foster – Mr Buckingham was the favourite in Wonthaggi, overtaking the Liberal party by just three votes.

Although falling behind the preferred parties, Greens candidate Donna Lancaster of Inverloch said she was pleased with the swing towards the Greens and other progressive parties across McMillan.

“We have maintained our voter base and had large swings in some areas towards the Greens,” she said.

“Overall we raised our vote by two percent, as well as raising many other ideas about the way we can run the country. People are seeing the Greens as a viable alternative to the sitting member.”

The Greens particularly raised the bar in Inverloch, where they won 17.88 percent of the vote and in Fish Creek with 19.30 percent.

Sitting member: Russell Broadbent was re-elected as the McMillan MP after Saturday’s election.

Sitting member: Russell Broadbent was re-elected as the McMillan MP after Saturday’s election.

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