While the counting of the votes continues, the likely outcome is that the Oodgeroo electorate will remain an LNP seat, although a lot more marginal than it was prior to this election.
So, what have I learned over the past two months of the campaign?
- Locals expect to have a genuine say in what happens in their community.
- They want their elected representatives to listen to them – not hide away hoping we’ll go away (We won’t).
- Residents want their representatives to be present every day - not to ignore the hard questions and decisions.
- People want all levels of politics done differently. Politicians need to get on with the job and work together for the common good. To cut out time-wasting, criticising and undermining politicians with differing views.
- Political parties need to have a close look at themselves and how they make important decisions – because they are becoming less and less relevant to the community who often feel ignored or alienated.
- And last but not least, I’m totally in awe of my campaign volunteers - nothing was too much. Together we’ve energised a broad community base to take action to make Oodgeroo better, more cohesive and to achieve a better future.
Whatever the official outcome, we have sent a resounding message to all politicians that we expect much more from them. And we are watching them closely.
Thank you all for your terrific support, and to my amazing volunteers for their sacrifices and tireless efforts over the last few months.
I will continue to advocate for appropriate development in the Redlands, pursue opportunities for renewable energy projects and local jobs - and look forward to working with many of you on these initiatives in the future.
Very best regards, Claire ... See MoreSee Less
You definitely need to keep up your profile and go against laming at the next federal election!!!!
Thank you Claire, for your resounding common sense and obvious care for the Redlands Community. Please consider standing for Bowman at the next Federal election...we need change in that area. I voted for your in the Mayoral election, and was disappointed at that outcome.
I'm not in your area either Claire (helped you with the council elections) and I just can't grasp why this campaign wasn't successful for you. It seemed that you did everything so so right and you are so right for the job. I honestly believe there is a percentage of people out there who just don't 'get it'! Who don't care enough and are too easily influenced by the big boys. Maybe you will give it another go - it must have cost you a great deal in all sorts of ways but you must have learned and built up a huge network.
Claire you made so many people feel proud, we could all hold our heads high being part of your campaign. Honesty, integrity and a Vision of the Community with Consultation. To me you have already been our Independant Oodgeroo MP...the last 8 weeks. You put Toondah Harbour on the media map of Australia and the world. Wishing you continued future success, health and happiness. Thankyou for the opportunity to help make a difference in our Community.
Well said. I dont live in your electorate but I was hoping you would win. Best of luck for your future endeavours
Thank you Claire for your hard work and making a real difference in this election. I know that you will continue to be an important part of our community. A
Well done Claire. You ran a great campaign. Sad that you didn't get the result your electorate so needed.
Congratulations Claire. You have truly represented the people of this community. You have been visible and vocal about our needs, you have canvassed opinions by tirelessly consulting electors at all levels, and have therefore pinpointed the issues that really matter to local electors. The Labor State Govt and the LNP Federal Govt consistently ignore the will of the people and believe they are born to rule. Your campaign was refreshing and authentic. Please don't give up. We need your voice to constantly remind the politicians that they are accountable to the people who pay their salaries and who care about their local communities.
Thank you Claire...all the best for you going forward...we are so grateful for all your hard work...and we are very disappointed that you didn’t quite make it.
Congratulations to Claire and to all her team for your passion, your shared vision and your indefatigable commitment – it has been an absolute privilege to watch, you’ve shown us all what can be done, and you have championed your cause magnificently. Getting heard in a Covid election is no mean feat, and Claire and her incredible team of volunteers have done an amazing job of raising interest, understanding and awareness of key Oodgeroo issues and opportunities even if the times and the setting have made it more challenging to translate this into immediate local leverage. This is sincere and serious public service, regardless of the result, and in a preferential system with all the possibilities for strategic voting the race has been closer than it looks at this stage on the 2PP numbers. The polling data made available via the QEC website thus far makes it clear what a genuinely broad and cross-party coalition Claire assembled - what an awesome force for community advocacy! There is so much to be proud of here. Respect, respect and still more respect.
You should be very proud of your endeavours.You should be the new oodgeroo MP but I know you will keep up the fight as we all will to fight against development of toondah harbour
Thank you for a great campaign Claire.It was strategic and principled and gave many of us an opportunity to support new energy and local jobs. However you pursue environmental sense in the future, the 'aqua army' stands ready to support you.
Congratulations on a clean and well conducted campaign. You have made a difference already our electorate. Maybe the next challenge should be Federal - as Bowman surely needs some honesty and integrity. Best wishes Claire.
Claire, having worked on a local prepoll and on election day; it was great to experience the determination of your volunteers - not one stray Oodgeroo voter was going to miss Claire’s HTV! May I add, this is the most gracious and grateful concessions to voters I’ve read. Other local unsuccessful candidates should take heed, that this is an example of how it should be done.
Thank you for trying! We were quite shocked at the result! You can hold your head high! 👍
Well done Claire! Great campaign! We'll fight on the save Toondah and Straddie!
Congratulations on a well run campaign. You conducted yourself with integrity and care for the community. Thank you for demonstrating how it should be done. Good luck with all your endeavours!❤
Good on ya Claire you ran a clean campaign. No nasty grubby smears. Didn't feed the trolls. It's a pity we don't have many politicians that think like you. Don't give up on trying to get a good outcome tor the people
Thank you Claire for your genuine care for the community and the environment. Glad you made the other players have a serious look at their own values.
Thank YOU Claire
Thank you for all your hard work and effort that you’ve put into this campaign. 👏👏👏
I honestly thought you had this 😔 I know you had enormous support from NSI, just too many old fashioned voters on the mainland I think who aren't ready for change yet. Please don't give up on us Claire 🙏
So dissappointed. We avoided all the electioneering rubbish by going away for 9 weeks supporting regional tourism etc, wholeheartedly readying to vote for you when we got back. Brain snap...you werent in our electorate. Bugger.
Well done Claire 👏👏👏
Well said, Claire. You were a fine candidate who ran a great campaign. Best wishes for your future. I know you still have a lot to offer our community.
This morning, a series of election adverts have been installed by the LNP around polling stations that are misleading and an attempt to mislead voters about my candidacy.
The signs suggest that I will support a Labour government if I am elected and there is a hung parliament. The sign shows images of myself, Jackie Trad MP and Michael Berkman MP. I have never met, spoken to or had any dealings with either of these MPs.
In early October I formally advised the LNP and ALP that I am a complete independent, and will support whichever party will deliver the most to our community. I swore a Statutory Declaration under oath stating this on 7th October, and a copy was delivered by registered mail to Dr Mark Robinson MP, Dr Andrew Laming MP and the ALP party office on or about the 10th October 2020.
I have this morning written urgently to the Electoral Commission Queensland and requested that the LNP is required to remove these signs as a matter of extreme urgency as misleading voters is an offence under Section 185 of the Queensland Electoral Act 1992.
A similar image was issued to voters in the electorate via SMS last night.
It is of great concern that political representation in Australia is prepared to stoop so low, and fails to provide our community with honesty, dignity and truth.
I am a true independent and, if elected and there is a hung parliament, will support whichever party will deliver the best outcomes for our community. ... See MoreSee Less
I’m not surprised. Our federal member probably erected them himself and paid for with our tax payer money.. 🤦🏼♀️ Good on you Claire, I’ve been cheering you on.. 🙌🏼
The major parties are terrified of genuine independents who threaten their duopoly, at the state as well as at the federal level. Party and ideological tribalisms tend to inoculate us against the very possibility of independent critical thinking. But don't trust me, just have a look at whatever you can find about confirmation bias and motivated reasoning in politics. There's plenty of it.
It is disgraceful that in this day and age that they turn to this type of behaviour to try and continue their apathetic approach to serving the community - their true values are on display and they should be ashamed and publicly apologise for trying to mislead the community - do they really think we are all stupid
That man is responsible for a whole lot of damage to democracy in the Redlands. He’ll say anything, shout anything, write anything. He must be such an embarrassment to the LNP.
Good Luck Claire, I hope this election teaches the mainstream party’s that people are tired of corruption, and this only proves how underhanded the LNP are in there dealings.
Would not at all be surprised that the person behind this is our federal member, scum prepared for anything.
Good luck Claire! I hope honesty prevails.
Standard operating procedure unfortunately!
This just shows I made the right decision NOT to vote for Robinson again. On me asking about Liberal support for Toondah he found it impossible to state if he supported it or not simply blaming Labor for the current situation. We need change - Good Luck Claire !,
More dirty tactics, yesterday I had 2 text messages come through from them on my phone. I can tell you I was not happy...
Atrocious. Not in the electorate at the moment, were the signs coloured AEC purple?
You are a true independent - they play dirty tactics because they know they are on the losing side- good luck today xx
Personally I'm surprised you are surprised. The are vile liars and prove they have no morals time and again. Good luck Claire. I'd personally go and take them down but I know you want to do the right thing.
Typical lies and dirty tricks at Election time. Shame on LNP 's candidate!!
This is one the of the many reasons why i will never vote for either of the major parties ever again.
They must be very threatened by your campaign. I sure hope you win 🥰
Yep I would believe you way before any of these party goons.
They know they have lost to you and showing their true colours.
Claire must have them worried!!!💜💛💚
I have only ever wished Claire all the very best. No mention of her in my work, as far as I can recall. Hope you have a great evening tonight.
It's a sign all right! A sign that the LNP are really getting desperate because they know the tide has turned against them. I hope they are wearing their Depends!
Share this everywhere you can
Does anyone know where the signs are?
A blight on the local LNP members. Both Federal and Cleveland members need to lose pre-selection. I'm with Claire.
I wonder if this is the Trump Effect? Laming and Robinson are both low life’s. This is what they do all the time. They just make these surgical strikes on Election Day. It looks like labour is pretty dirty too. Sad.
If you’re planning to vote for me on Election Day tomorrow, make sure you do it bright and early. Voting booths open at 8.am and close at 6 pm.
It’s predicted there’s going to be a big storm with possible hail starting late Saturday morning - going through to the afternoon. Make sure you keep safe and beat the weather. ... See MoreSee Less
You’ve got to wonder how much this was a referendum on Toondah. It’s seems 22% don’t want it, 78% either do or don’t care.
Thanks for the update Claire and,thinking to check in the weather for us x
Thanks for taking votes away from a stellar Labor candidate and ensuring a useless LNP hack got back in. Brilliant work! Congratulations! Exactly HOW has that helped ANYTHING? POINTLESS!! Pick a side Clair and align yourself with a party that can achieve government and effect change or stay away! What a disaster! 🤬