At least in this town your vote will count

THE countdown is on for the state election and in just 24 days we will all be marching into the polling booths.

Having lived in areas where the LNP or Labor could have stood a rabid dingo and still won the seat it's comforting to know that my vote will finally count.

I don't mind declaring that I have voted for both parties over the years basing my decision at the time on who I thought would be best for the region.

When you vote against a candidate that holds a massive margin, you feel as though you shouldn't have even bothered driving to the local school to register your cross.

You realise the current sitting member could have gone on holidays during the election and still romped in.

Our current MLA for Bundamba, Jo-Ann Miller, enjoyed a huge margin prior to the last election of more than 20% and survived by the skin of the teeth. She can now feel much safer given the public has now fully vented its frustration with the Labor Party team that almost sent the state bankrupt.

The local state members who may be feeling a little nervous are Sean Choat and Ian Berry.

Choat to me seems an honest, hard-working politician and the same can be said for Berry.

Their problem will be a backlash against Campbell Newman's leadership style, which can be only described as arrogant.

He has tried to soften his military- style approach over the past 12 months, but many may have already put a line through him.

The LNP won 78 of the 89 seats at the last election and with such a huge lead should still feel comfortable that they'll fall across the line again as winners.

The interesting question is will Choat and Berry be on the podium with them.

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