Buchholz concerned with Senate shake-up
RE-ELECTED Wright MP Scott Buchholz voiced his concerns about the newly-elected Senate as he declared victory against his Labor rival Allistair Smith.
Speaking from his victory celebration in Boonah on Saturday night, the Coalition member said there was a high level of frustration among his fellow MPs who felt as though they would be hindered, not helped, by the new Senate.
"The heavy lifting is still in front of us as a nation," he said.
"There is a lot of work to be done and I think we are going to see a greater conversation about the effectiveness of the Senate in coming weeks."
Mr Buchholz, who has held the seat of Wright since 2010, said he would focus on creating jobs and building the economy in his electorate over the next three years.
"I'm very humbled to be returned to office for a third term. It is a testament to the fact that a lot of work is yet to be done," he said.
"Our message hasn't been complex.
"My priorities are finishing the $1.1 billion Toowoomba Second Range Crossing and seeing through the $9.6 million Bromelton freight facility, which will create 1000 jobs and make an enormous difference to the Scenic Rim.
"The ongoing rollout of NBN is also an issue which unites our diverse electorate and one which we will fast track as best we can."
Mr Buchholz said he was nervous while votes were being counted but was thrilled to be able to continue as the voice for Wright for a third consecutive term.
"If you take the electorate for granted that means it's time to give it away," he said.
"Of course I was anxious but I'm glad it's back to work on Monday.
"The result has given me an even greater level of enthusiasm to keep going.
"I'd also like to give a special mention to some of our wonderful volunteers...thank you so much."
When asked about Labor's Medicare claims, Mr Buchholz said voters had nothing to worry about.
"They made a lot of claims. The truth has a way of revealing itself," he said.
The LNP incumbent claimed 59.53% of the two party preferred vote as of yesterday while Labor's Allistair Smith received 40.57%.
EARLIER: THE fight for Wright is over.
MP Scott Buchholz has declared victory against his Labor rival Allistair Smith in the diverse seat.
The LNP incumbent, who has held the seat since 2010, held 58.89% of the two party preferred vote as on 9pm tonight, while Mr Smith took 41.11%.
EARLIER: WITH 39.7% of the votes counted the LNP is on course to retain the seat of Wright.
Incumbent Scott Buchholz holds 58.82% with his Labor rival Allistair Smith sitting on 41.18%.
More to come.
EARLIER: WITH almost half of the booths counted in Wright, Labor's Allistair Smith is gaining ground on LNP candidate Scott Buchholz.
Labor currently has 3536 votes, trailing behind both the LNP and One Nation, who are sitting on 7181 and 4114 votes respectively.
Much like the neighbouring Blair electorate, Wright's One Nation candidate Rod Smith has gained a large amount of public support.
Mr Smith has so far received almost one quarter of the primary votes with 32 of 69 booths counted.
An hour and a half after into the count, LNP incumbent Scott Buchholz continues to dominate holding 42.57% of the primary vote.
EARLIER: POLLING has closed and the votes cast by the 100,035 enrolled voters in Wright are now being furiously counted.
Less than one hour after polls closed it looks as though incumbent MP Scott Buchholz is a favourite with those in the diverse electorate.
Mr Buchholz is retaining 55.17% of the primary vote with just three of 69 booths counted.
Pauline Hanson's One Nation candidate Rod Smith is following Buchholz with 25.54% of the primary vote as of 6.40pm.
At this early stage the Wright ALP candidate Allistair Smith is sitting in third place on 10.92% of the vote.
In the previous election the LNP received 61.84% of the vote ahead of the ALP who came away with 38.16%.