Labor claims LNP put Greens candidate in parliament with preferences
Labor claims LNP put Greens candidate in parliament with preferences

How preferences put end to Trad’s political career

The LNP has been accused getting a Greens MP elected to parliament after their preferences flowed heavily to the minor party in South Brisbane - in line with their how to vote card, which put Jackie Trad last.

Analysis of Electoral Commission of Queensland data has revealed about 63.7 per cent of the preferences that flowed from the LNP candidate at last month's election went to the Greens' Amy MacMahon.

It was almost a reversal from the 2017 poll when the LNP preferenced Ms Trad ahead of the Greens, with about 62 per cent of the preferences from the LNP candidate going to the then-Labor MP.

Former Labor Member for South Brisbane Jackie Trad. (News Corp/Attila Csaszar)
Former Labor Member for South Brisbane Jackie Trad. (News Corp/Attila Csaszar)

If Ms Trad received 62 per cent of the LNP preferences from the 8,307 votes they secured at the 2020 election - following preferences from independents and other minor parties - she would have reclaimed the seat with about 700 more votes than Ms MacMahon.

Queensland Labor state secretary Julie-Ann Campbell yesterday said the LNP's "only achievement" at the October election was getting a Green elected to parliament.

"The question for David Crisafulli now is whether he will continue Deb Frecklington's strategy of choosing Green MPs over Labor governments," she said.

Ms MacMahon's primary vote still increased from the 34.35 per cent she secured at the 2017 poll to 37.89 per cent in 2020 - while Ms Trad's reduced from 36 per cent to 34.41 per cent.

Greens South Brisbane MP Amy MacMahon. Picture: Annette Dew
Greens South Brisbane MP Amy MacMahon. Picture: Annette Dew

The newly elected MP insisted she had won the election because "more people voted for the Greens than ever before".

"Back in 2017, Trad was elected on preferences from a 1.65 per cent primary vote lead - this time the Greens leapfrogged that to lead by 3.5 per cent," Ms MacMahon said.

"What the results show is that South Brisbane residents want a Greens representative who'll genuinely fight for them, not a major party MP who's beholden to corporate interests."

The LNP preferenced the Greens ahead of Labor in seats across the state at the 2020 election.

An LNP spokesman yesterday said the LNP was asking Queenslanders to change the Government and that the people of South Brisbane voted for change and "rejected Jackie Trad's politics".

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally published as How preferences put end to Trad's political career


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