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Victory for Howard, Madden and Miller in Ipswich seats

The new member for Ipswich Jennifer Howard celebrates with her campaign team following her victory in the 2015 Queensland election.
The new member for Ipswich Jennifer Howard celebrates with her campaign team following her victory in the 2015 Queensland election. Rob Williams

LABOR candidate Jennifer Howard is the new member for Ipswich.

By 8pm Ms Howard had 68% of the two-party preferred vote, representing a 22% swing to Labor.

An emotional Ms Howard said she was "delighted" with the result.

"It is a very resounding result for us here in Ipswich," she told the QT.

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"They said we needed to send Campbell Newman a message, and in Ipswich we have sent him full chapter and verse.

"The whole campaign has been smooth. There has been a groundswell of support.

"I have had people working on my campaign who have never voted Labor in their lives but who felt compelled to do something about Campbell Newman's government.

"We have gotten back all of the Labor votes we lost in 2012 but we also added to the Labor vote."

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Madden declares victory in Ipswich West

The new member for Ipswich West Jim Madden celebrates with his Labor Party campaign staff following his victory in the 2015 Queensland election.
The new member for Ipswich West Jim Madden celebrates with his Labor Party campaign staff following his victory in the 2015 Queensland election. Rob Williams

LABOR'S Jim Madden has declared victory in the seat of Ipswich West.

Mr Madden has won 59.75% of the two-party preferred vote to regain the seat for the Labor Party.

Labor enjoyed a 16% swing with former LNP MP Sean Choat getting just 40.25% of the two-party preferred vote.

A jubilant Mr Madden was celebrating with a large group of supporters at Norths Leagues Club when he spoke to the QT about his victory.

"I am humbled and honoured to be elected the member for Ipswich West," he said. "The campaign has been unbelievable but that has been down to a fantastic team of volunteers.

"I think I have won this election because I have once again been able to convince the electors of Ipswich West that they can trust the Labor Party."

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Seventh heaven for Miller

Member for Bundamba Jo-Ann Miller celebrates with supporters following her re-election in the 2015 Queensland election.
Member for Bundamba Jo-Ann Miller celebrates with supporters following her re-election in the 2015 Queensland election. Brian Bennion

JO-ANN Miller has retained the seat of Bundamba with a resounding swing of over 20% in her favour.

Ms Miller, a Labor Party stalwart, won her seventh election with a two-party preferred vote of 72.04%.

The LNP's Stephen Fenton was in second position on 27.96%.

Ms Miller won 61.08% of the primary vote.

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LNP Rickuss looks set to retain his seat thanks to Labor

Ian Rickuss
Ian Rickuss Inga Williams

IAN Rickuss looks set to retain the seat of Lockyer on Labor Party preferences after  71.54% of the vote has been counted.

Mr Rickuss, the sitting LNP MP, had 33.04% of the primary vote with One Nation's Pauline Hanson second on 27.64%.

The current swing against Mr Rickuss may not be enough to oust him as Labor's Steve Leese has polled 24.97% and his preferences will flow to the LNP.

It is a supreme irony, but Labor's strong campaign in the Lockyer has gone a long way to saving Mr Rickuss.

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EARLIER: Howard out-polling Berry two-to-one in Bundamba booth

7PM: Labor's Jennifer Howard has outpolled sitting LNP Ian Berry two-to-one in the Bundamba booth in the seat of Ipswich.

After counting the 534 votes in the booth Ms Howard had 299 votes, a total of 57%. Mr Berry was well back on 113 votes.

The Hayden Centre booth saw Ms Howard claim 56.6% of the vote and 73% on preferences.

Blair MP Shayne Neumann was poring over the early booth results as they came in and he was in an upbeat mood.

"It is an utter massacre," Mr Neumann said.

Ms Howard's margin continued to be vast after the count in the 1112-vote North Booval booth where she won 58.7% of the primary vote.

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EARLIER: The seat of Ipswich is set to be won by Labor with sitting LNP MP Ian Berry facing a considerable swing against him.

Labor candidate Jennifer Howard is on the cusp of being the new member for Ipswich without a doubt.

The QT has spoken to scrutineers on the ground and spot polled voters exiting the crucial Raceview State School booth and the results spell doom for Mr Berry.

The Greens may also be in for a strong showing after an impressive campaign run by Ipswich candidate Pat Walsh.
Tonight's count will reveal whether Mr Walsh was correct when he said people were voting for the Greens "in fairly good numbers".

"My assessment is that Labor has seen strong support here, but I have seen that people are thinking about their vote and are willing to give the Greens a go," Mr Walsh told the QT while campaigning in Raceview.

"I have seen a lot of enthusiasm from voters to make a change this time around in Ipswich.

"I am encouraged by the way people are thinking about policy and thinking about Greens policies in particular.

"There was a reason why Labor got tossed out last time (in 2012) and I think that Campbell Newman is going to be tossed out this time."

Independent candidate Patricia Petersen called it at 4.30pm when she told the QT "the seat of Ipswich is going to Labor".

Mr Walsh said there would be "a certain Labor win" in Ipswich.

 

EARLIER: Madden on track in Ipswich West

Polling Booths on Election day: Labour candidate Jim Madden talks to voters at Ipswich State High.
Polling Booths on Election day: Labour candidate Jim Madden talks to voters at Ipswich State High. Kate Czerny

7PM: Labor is on track to win the seat of Ipswich West.

After 22.5% of the count Labor candidate Jim Madden has 44.75% of the primary vote with LNP sitting member Sean Choat trailing on 37.15%.

So far 15 of the 41 booths have been counted with the big booths of  Brassall, Fernvale,  Rosewood and Tivoli yet to be scrutinised.

Blair MP Shayne Neumann said Mr Madden was on track to win.

"I can't see a way back for Choat to win," he said.

Click here for the latest polling for the Seat of Ipswich West

 

LNP MP Ian Rickuss dismisses Pauline Hanson's concerns about coal seam gas.
LNP MP Ian Rickuss dismisses Pauline Hanson's concerns about coal seam gas. Derek Barry

EARLIER: Rickuss ahead, Hanson still fighting

7PM: Ian Rickuss looks set to retain the seat of Lockyer on Labor Party preferences after 11% of the vote has been counted.

Mr Rickuss, the sitting LNP MP, had 35.64% of the primary vote with One Nation's Pauline Hanson second on 29.18%.

The current swing of 17.6% against Mr Rickuss may not be enough to oust him as Labor's Steve Leese has polled 19.64% and his preferences will flow to the LNP.

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EARLIER: Pauline Hanson is polling strongly in a key booth in Gatton in her quest to become the new member for Lockyer.

Sitting LNP MP Ian Rickuss won with a margin of 18.8% in the 2012 election but there is a swing on against him and Ms Hanson, the One Nation candidate, is pushing him all the way in the early counting.

The QT spoke to an LNP scrutineer on the ground who said Ms Hanson had made a strong start in the count.

"On this one booth she is polling exceptionally well and in these early stages, as votes are being sorted, she is out-polling the sitting member in LNP heartland," the scrutineer said.

Ms Hanson was tipped by pundits to win just 20% of the primary vote in the seat but the LNP camp has reason to be concerned if this early trend continues.

 

5PM: Polling closes in an hour, folks! Have you all voted? Anyone planning a last-minute dash?

 

2PM: An altercation between a bikie associate and LNP campaign workers livened up election day in the seat of Lockyer today.

A source has told the QT that the bikie associate turned up at the Lockyer District High School booth in Gatton and was abusive towards LNP workers because he was angry that someone had put some LNP signs on his fence.

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The source said that "someone had probably played a practical joke on him" and that the signs had not been placed there officially by any LNP staff.

A call was placed to the police to come and sort out the man, but he soon hot footed it.

"When we called the police, he took off," the source said.

 

1PM: A polling supervisor at Raceview State School says he called police to the polling station after Ipswich Independent candidate Patricia Petersen ignored three requests to stop harassing voters.

He also claimed that Ms Petersen was not staying within the designated boundaries.

The police were called shortly after the supervisor went to remove her election campaign signs for being too close to the polling booths.

Ms Petersen claimed that she was campaigning in the designated "6m rule".

The supervisor added that everything was sorted out "amicably".

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However Petersen said she was left feeling embarrassed.

Ms Petersen disputed the polling supervisor's claims and told the QT she had "done nothing wrong", adding: "I am sick of the bullying tactics" that had been used against her in the campaign.

This is the second incident involving the Independent candidate this week.

On Thursday police were called to resolve a disturbance at the polling booth at Ipswich City Mall.

Ms Petersen said police officers escorted her away from the booth and centre management would not allow her to return for three hours. She said there was no altercation.

"For that period of time I was very disadvantaged. If it comes down to the wire ... there are very solid grounds for me querying the result," Ms Petersen said.

 

11AM: Choat family and friends out to support LNP MP for West Ipswich Sean Choat.

Kate Spain-Mostina, Nicky Choat, Sean Choat, and Charlotte Choat at Karalee State School on Saturday morning.
Kate Spain-Mostina, Nicky Choat, Sean Choat, and Charlotte Choat at Karalee State School on Saturday morning. Kate Czerny

 

10.30AM: A QT liker tweets: "The queue to vote is halfway around the building at Yamanto. Need water and shade."

 

10AM: The Labor candidate for Ipswich Jennifer Howard with campaign supporters at Churchill State School this morning.

ALP candidate for Ipswich attended Churchill State School this morning to cast her vote in the 2015 Queensland election.
ALP candidate for Ipswich attended Churchill State School this morning to cast her vote in the 2015 Queensland election. Kate Czerny

 

9AM: Ipswich residents have descended on polling booths as they vote in what's being described as the most important election in the state's history.

In Ipswich and Ipswich West five candidates are standing, in Bundamba there are four and the seat of Lockyer five.

Easy wins are predicted for Labor in Ipswich and Bundamba. However sitting Ipswich West MP and LNP member Sean Choat is expect to give favourite Jim Madden of the ALP a run for his money. 

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The result in Lockyer might not be know until tomorrow or later in the week, but incumbent Ian Rickuss is expected to hold on to the seat.

The QT will be covering the day via Twitter and rolling updates online when the votes start counting.

Readers are encouraged to tweet what they see at polling booths across Ipswich, including photographs using the hashtag #ipswichvotes.

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Topics:  ian rickuss, jennifer howard, jim madden, pauline hanson, queensland election 2015



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