While the federal election result hangs on a knife-edge, the LNP’s Trevor Evans was able to claim victory in the seat of Brisbane as early as Saturday night.
It was a historic win for Evans, as he defeated Labor’s Pat O’Neill in the first contest between two openly gay major party candidates.
In two candidates preferred (TCP), Mr Evans claimed 39,252 (55.41%) votes, clearly ahead of Mr O’Neill with 31,593 (44.59%).
The 7659 margin was one of few swings (1.13%) towards the Coalition in Queensland.
In a short speech acknowledging his victory, Mr Evans thanked his supporters and the people who voted him in.
But, given that counting continues to decide who will actually form a government, some of his words were perhaps a little premature.
“Brisbane voters have placed a huge amount of faith in me as the next federal minister for the next three years, and in the Turnbull government,” he said.
“They have clearly chosen to back economic management and a good, strong plan for the future.
“When you consider some of the scare campaigns and some of the focuses that were big distractions during the last eight weeks of the campaign, it is a fantastic thing to know that the voters of Brisbane have embraced a good, strong plan for jobs and growth and stability for the next three years.”
Mr Evans said the hard work “would start tomorrow”.
“I’ll be the most visible, hard-working member for Brisbane that we’ve ever had,” he said.
Mr Evans takes over as the Member for Brisbane from Teresa Gambaro, who held the seat from 2010 until announcing her retirement in March.
Transgender candidate Bridget Clinch, representing the Veterans Party, gained 621 (0.88%) of first preference votes.