23 May 🗳2019 FEDERAL ELECTION🗳
Saturday, May 18th saw the constituents of Flynn return to the polls to vote in the 2019 Federal Election. While at the time of print the results for Flynn were not final, current Member for Flynn, Ken O’Dowd held a substantial margin over Labor candidate Zac Beers. Ken O’Dowd Member for Flynn won the 2016 Federal Election over Mr Beers with a margin of just 1%. On Monday afternoon Gladstone News spoke to Mr O’Dowd when although the result was not official, he had a significant lead with 75% of the vote counted.
Mr O’Dowd said he wanted to thank the people of Flynn for having the confidence to send him back to Canberra for a fourth term. “I look forward to representing all people in Flynn,” Mr O’Dowd said. “I am looking forward to going back into Government and working with Scott Morrison and Michael McCormack, who are both great leaders,” he continued. Mr O’Dowd said he had received great support for both leaders during the campaign and he looked forward to seeing what the LNP can achieve in this next term.
In a social media post on Monday afternoon Mr Beers said that while he didn’t get the result, he wanted at the weekend it had been a special privilege being able to spend each day fighting for the community he grew up in.
Late on Saturday night, former Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten conceded defeat and phoned, Scott Morrison to congratulate him and the Liberal Party on their win. The results came as a shock to many, as in the week leading up to the election a closer result had been predicted. As a result of this loss, an emotional Mr Shorten also stood down as leader of the Labor Party.