It appears that Tweed MP Geoff Provest will retain the seat of Tweed but there are still plenty of votes to be counted.
Provest and the Nationals celebrated his re-election last night though Craig Elliot for Labor has not conceded.
Mr Elliot told The Echo this morning that he will wait for the prepolls and postal votes to be counted.
Provest has held the seat since 2007 and it will remain to be seen in the coming days if he keeps it.
Lab to win Only in someone’s dreams!
He was comfortable and perhaps lazy and did not cook up a Teal. Where will his required preferences now come from? Maybe AJP, but that is only 3%.
Jesus, just imagine it if this dope Elliot got up. IT’s diabolical enough with his wife being the Federal member.
Oh dear do I detect the distinct fowl smell of sour grapes after the complete drubbing the Coalition received once again at the hand of Labor, cheer up fellers you should be used to it by now, HA HA.
Hopefully another national puppet will wash into the gutter here
The tiny gerrymandered Tweed electorate, that doesn’t even have the Tweed shire council office in it, was effectivly gerrymandered in 2007, taking away many of the Labor voting suburbs to the Lismore and Ballina electorates. The “Just vote one National party” gerrymander, while Labor contends with 4 other progressive party’s, completely splitting the vote and not passing on preferences, is also another gerrymander no other State or Federal Govt would allow either in a preference voting system of fair elections!
But the Nat’s will take any win the can and will use any manipulation or deception to get a win and they have, every election since 2007!
Those Voting gerrymanders may well be at an end now and we may see some real fair democracy return to the Tweed and the Nat’s have real balanced fight on the hands finally in 2027!
Understand now how it works. The outcome was decided well before the nominations were called. Problem is that they now need to cook up some more postal votes, unless Labor does the dirty on him and goes back on what was agreed – which might be the case, because things are not working out elsewhere for Labor. Something neurological has happened (they have no idea what it might be, but it is definitely not that one thing) that has resulted in many retirees simply forgetting to lodge their usual postal votes. The usual relied upon postal votes are simply not there now to be counted, so something else will now need to be counted instead to get the Nationals over the line.