Jo-Ann Miller.
Jo-Ann Miller.

Miller sees off LNP challenge

AFTER some fireworks in the election campaign, the main combatants in the seat of Bundamba were quiet the day after the vote.

During the campaign with claims of dirty tricks, boasts of door-knocking records and a Labor member speaking out against party policy.

Early this month, LNP candidate Michael Kitzelmann took umbrage at Twitter comments made by Mrs Miller's campaign manager.

They included claims he was on the dole and that he was spending too much on his campaign with a wife and child to support.

Mr Kitzelmann denied the claims and the staffer and Mrs Miller said the comments were justified and on a personal account.

Mr Kitzelmann said he'd knocked on 14,000 doors and handed out 270,000 flyers.

Mrs Miller launched a campaign blitz to remind residents that she vocally opposed her government's controversial public asset sell-off.

At her campaign launch last week, she was lauded by former premier Peter Beattie for standing up to her party.

"It's easy to disagree with the other side of politics, it's always harder to make a stand against your own side," Mr Beattie said.

"That's tough, that shows guts."

She won Bundamba in a by-election in 2000 and was a parliamentary secretary from 2001 to 2006. After the 2009 election, Bundamba was the third-safest seat in Queensland with a margin of 21.2%.

In 2009, Mrs Miller received more than 15,000 votes but thousands were lost yesterday.

First-time LNP candidate Michael Kitzelmann got to within 1000 votes and Independent Angela Watson picked up more than 2000 votes.

Iraq veteran Bernard Gaynor garnered a similar number for Katter's Australian Party.

Mr Kitzelmann said yesterday he didn't want to comment on the outcome while Mrs Miller wanted to make a simple statement.

"I just want to thank the people of the electorate of Bundamba for supporting me and I will continue to represent their views," she said.

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