2013 Federal Election guide to the seat of Maranoa

MARANOA covers an area of 731,297 sq km from the Northern Territory, South Australian and New South Wales borders to Diamantina in the north and Nanango, Warwick and Stanthorpe in the east.

The main towns include Charleville, Chinchilla, Cunnamulla, Dalby, Goondiwindi, Kingaroy, Miles, Roma, St George, Stanthorpe, Tara, Thargomindah and Warwick.

Mainly primary production including coal, oil, gas, orchards, cotton, grain, cattle and sheep.

 

Electoral map for the seat of Maranoa
Electoral map for the seat of Maranoa

Link to larger view of electoral map for the seat of Maranoa

 

THE CANDIDATES

Incumbent: Bruce Scott (LNP)

The former Howard government frontbencher shocked some when he announced he was standing again for Maranoa, which he first won in 1990.

The decision thwarted Barnaby Joyce's hopes of entering the lower house via the seat.

Read more about Bruce Scott here

 

CHALLENGERS

John Bjelke-Petersen (Palmer's United Party)

The son of former National Party Premier Sir Joh, the farmer quit the LNP earlier this year and days later announced his PUP candidacy. 

Read more about John Bjelke-Petersen here

Grant Newson (Greens)

Mr Newson was was the Greens' Maranoa candidate in 2010 - attracting 5.15% of the primary vote -  and also contested the state seat of Nanango last year.

Read more about Grant Newson here

 

2010 RESULTS (Two-party-preferred)

  • Bruce Scott 72.89% (+8.83% swing)
  • Geoff Keating 27.11%

 

WORD ON THE GROUND

"The Katter/Palmer factor could pull a few conservative votes but there will be no upset in Maranoa."

 

THE VERDICT - LNP HOLD

Maranoa is the third safest Coalition seat in the country.

How safe?  In 2010, Mr Scott won a whopping 65% of the primary vote.

Labor usually doesn't bother fielding a "real" candidate, instead tending to get a volunteer party member from Brisbane to fly the flag as it's not worth its campaign resources and it has little in the way of a party structure on the ground.

John Bjelke-Petersen has name recognition, but even that failed to help him in previous forays into politics for the National Party.

Queensland has moved on since his father ruled the state.

 

INTERESTING FACT

The seat has been in Country/National Party hands for 70 years.



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