The seat of Glass House is expected to be one of the most closely-contested on the Sunshine Coast during the 2017 state election campaign.
The seat of Glass House is expected to be one of the most closely-contested on the Sunshine Coast during the 2017 state election campaign. Warren Lynam

Why the seat of Glass House is facing a brutal poll battle

ANDREW Powell is fighting a battle to survive in Glass House where his margin has been slashed to just 0.9% through redistribution plus a 19% swing against him in 2015.

He is now facing a two-pronged attack from his 2015 Labor opponent Brent Hampstead, who has been campaigning hard for months, and Pauline Hanson One Nation Party's Tracey Bell-Henselin.

Mr Hampstead, who came within 450 votes of a shock victory in 2015, estimates the margin has eroded further to just 270 votes because of a boundary redistribution.

Ms Bell-Henselin, who has previously run as a Rise Up Australia candidate, is now One Nation's domestic violence and child welfare spokesperson.

She was one of the authors of One Nation's Domestic Violence policy which Labor and the LNP both labelled as dangerous and ill-informed but was well received by men left deeply scarred by what they see as the injustices existing under the current system.

Mr Powell entered parliament at the 2009 election and was named Environment and Heritage Protection Minister in 2012 serving under then Premier Campbell Newman.

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Following the LNP's heavy loss in 2015, which nearly cost him the seat, Mr Powell has served as the Shadow Minister for Transport and Main Roads and the Shadow Minister for Local Government.

Who do you think should be the member for Glass House?

This poll ended on 07 November 2017.

Current Results

Andrew Powell (LNP)


Brett Hampstead (Labor)


Tracey Bell-Henselin (One Nation)


Sue Weber (Greens)


This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Glass House and Caloundra to its immediate north are two Sunshine Coast seats that could conceivably go to One Nation.

Mr Hampstead said he and his campaign team weren't getting a powerful message when knocking on people's front doors that One Nation was on the rise sufficiently to win the seat.

"It's strong though," he said.

Mr Hampstead has been doorknocking since his endorsement four months ago and was attending agricultural shows before that.

"It's been every weekend since May on the phone and on the street but now it will be every day," he said.

Mr Powell spent the first full day of the campaign at Ocean View in the hinterland that was slammed by a mini-cyclone on Sunday night ripping roofs off buildings.

He said Glass House had retained its name following the redistribution and he would have to just cop on the chin the reduced margin it had left him and work hard for the rest of the campaign.

Mr Powell said the concerns he was hearing from the electorate related to the cost of living, job security and lack of infrastructure.

Sue Weber, for The Greens, is also in the mix in Glass House with the environment party nominating in all eight Sunshine Coast seats.

Labor has yet to name a candidate in Buderim and on the weekend endorsed Bill Gissane in Ninderry while One Nation is still without a starter in Kawana.

Mr Gissane would not begin campaigning until Wednesday having left for Newcastle yesterday to honour a commitment to attend and speak at a memorial service for an old friend.

Ninderry is a new seat being contested for the first time at this election following the boundary redistribution. It contains significant elements of retiring Independent Peter Wellington's Nicklin vote as well segments of the old Buderim boundaries in Kuluin and Kunda Park.

Long-serving Caloundra MP Mark McArdle also has his hands full in Caloundra where Labor has retained an active Jason Hunt as its candidate and with One Nation expecting its candidate Rod Jones to poll strongly.

Businessman Marcus Finch has also nominated and will stand for The Greens after previously being the party's candidate for Kawana.

Mr McArdle said the election campaign would be one of the most interesting in the state's history and could go either way. He said it would be foolish to think anything but that One Nation would also attract anything less than a strong vote.

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