The recount of the votes in the seat of Herbert was completed last night, with Labor’s Cathy O’Toole claiming victory on Facebook over Liberal-National MP Ewen Jones by a margin of 35 votes. There have been multiple reports of locals in Herbert missing out on voting, including hospital patients and military personnel, missing ballots during counting and counting mistakes in the north Queensland electorate. It now looks like voters could be heading back to the polls.

Senator Ian Macdonald has criticised the process to The Australian, after acting as a scrutineer for the LNP.  “Instead of a break, I expect we’ll be into campaign mode again,” he told the paper. Turnbull has been in Townsville to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Lavarack Barracks and this morning appeared on both ABC Radio and 4CA Cairns, the local talkback station. He talked up Jones, who yesterday told reporters that light rail could be an option for Townsville as part of Turnbull’s Smart Cities plan. That sounds like a campaign to us.

Peter Fray

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