Liberals retain McMillan

Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent and ALP candidate Chris Buckingham hand out how to vote cards at Warragul North on Saturday.

Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent and ALP candidate Chris Buckingham hand out how to vote cards at Warragul North on Saturday.

Sitting Liberal member Russell Broadbent has been returned for a fourth term as Member McMillan, but his hold has been significantly reduced.

With an almost six per cent swing to ALP candidate Chris Buckingham, the Liberal’s 11.8 per cent hold on McMillan has been cut in half.

Not surprised by the swing against him, Mr Broadbent said McMillan was now back to where it had historically been.

Mr Broadbent still received strong support across the electorate, attracting 48 per cent of the primary vote.  But now, like the rest of Australia, he awaits to see if he will be a member of government or opposition.

While disappointed the ALP was not able to take back McMillan, Mr Buckingham said the 5.9 per cent swing was a strong result for the ALP’s future.

Despite an obvious early swing against the sitting member as votes were counted on Saturday night, Mr Broadbent was declared an early winner.

On a two party preferred basis, Mr Broadbent currently has 55.97 per cent with 47,366 votes while Mr Buckingham attracted 37,266 votes (44.03 per cent).


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