HEAD TO HEAD: Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd and Labor challenger Zac Beers will face six other candidates in the Division of Flynn at the election on May 18.
HEAD TO HEAD: Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd and Labor challenger Zac Beers will face six other candidates in the Division of Flynn at the election on May 18. File

Flynn candidates finalised for upcoming election

EIGHT candidates will stand in the Division of Flynn in the upcoming Federal Election on Saturday, May 18, one fewer than in 2016.

The Australian Electoral Commission's ballot draw yesterday means that Flynn's ballot will be bookended by the two major party candidates.

Labor challenger Zac Beers will appear first on the ballot, while Member for Flynn, Nationals' Ken O'Dowd, will appear last.

Aside from Mr Beers and Mr O'Dowd, the only candidate returning from 2016 is independent Duncan Scott, who received 0.99 per cent of the vote.

They will be joined on the day by The Greens' Jaiben Baker and Sharon Lohse from Pauline Hanson's One Nation, both of whom represented their parties in the 2017 State Election in the seat of Callide.

Monto's Jaiben Baker will represent The Greens in the Division of Flynn at the 2019 Federal Election.
Monto's Jaiben Baker will represent The Greens in the Division of Flynn at the 2019 Federal Election. Alex Treacy

Marcus Hiesler will represent Fraser Anning's Conservative National Party and Nathan Harris the United Australia Party.

Mr Harris replaced UAP's original candidate, Jacob Rush.

However, Mr Rush's mobile number is still listed on UAP's website.

The other candidate standing is independent Murray Peterson.

Mr Beers said that being first on the ballot "changes nothing for me.”

"My focus each and every day is still going to be getting out and talking to as many people as I can about the issues that are important to them,” he said.

Mr O'Dowd currently holds Flynn on a margin of 1.04 per cent after a swing of 8.96 per cent was recorded against him in the 2016 election.

Sharon Lohse is the Flynn candidate for Pauline Hanson's One Nation.
Sharon Lohse is the Flynn candidate for Pauline Hanson's One Nation. Contributed

This was influenced in large part by Pauline Hanson's One Nation, whose previous candidate, Phil Baker, gobbled up 17.15 per cent of the vote.

Mr Beers recorded a much more modest swing against him of 0.05 per cent.

Flynn is one of three Central Queensland seats, alongside Capricornia and Dawson, where Labor believe they can unseat the sitting National Party members.


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