20 May, 2019
Katter re-elected in Kennedy as Coalition soars to victory
KATTER Australia Party’s Bob Katter was re-elected as the Federal Member for Kennedy on Saturday night
KATTER Australia Party’s Bob Katter was re-elected as the Federal Member for Kennedy on Saturday night as millions of Australians tuned in to watch the Federal Election.
Mr Katter secured 41 per cent of the vote, while Liberal National Party candidate Frank Beveridge and Australian Labor Party candidate Brett McGuire received 27.3 and 17.2 per cent of the vote respectively. The opposition candidates and their calls for change didn’t resonate enough with the residents of Kennedy, as Mr Katter saw a swing of +2.6 per cent of his total vote tally compared to that of 2016.
Mr Katter expressed his thanks to all the voters and his supporters who handed out How to Vote cards on Election Day. All the people who stood out in the hot sun and also in the drizzling rain working hard for what they believe in; it is always a very humbling experience and I never, ever expect to win,” he said. “I am very appreciative of the people that give me another opportunity because I love the fight.”
While Mr Katter’s win in the Kennedy electorate didn’t come as much of a surprise, the battle for the prime ministership between Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten provided one of the biggest upsets in Australia’s political history. In his Election night address, Mr Morrison described his victory as a “miracle”. “I have always believed in miracles…and tonight we’ve delivered another one,” he said. “Tonight is not about me or even the Liberal party, tonight is about every single Australian who depends on their government to put them first. “And so friends, that is exactly what we are going to do, our government will come together after this night and we will get back to work.
“And that is our task, and that is my undertaking to Australians from one end of the country to the other - I said that I was going to burn for you, and I am every single day.” In what was quite a divisive national campaign across the board, many Australians will be intrigued to see how great of an impact Saturday’s result will have on the country’s political landscape moving into the future.