The bush heads to the ballot box

Federal election 2019: Rural Queenslanders head to the ballot box


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Family affair: The McVeigh family voted at the Bunker's Hill School in the seat of Groom. From left Kevin, Meghan, Bridget, Dr John McVeigh and his wife Anita, Annabelle, Marita and Tess. Picture: Helen Walker

Family affair: The McVeigh family voted at the Bunker's Hill School in the seat of Groom. From left Kevin, Meghan, Bridget, Dr John McVeigh and his wife Anita, Annabelle, Marita and Tess. Picture: Helen Walker

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Election day has arrived and rural Queenslanders are heading to the ballot box.

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Polling booths around the country were not as busy today as previous elections, with more than 30 per cent of Australian voters preferring to use the pre-polling option.

LNP incumbent MP for the seat of Groom, Dr John McVeigh, chose to vote with family on Saturday at the Bunker's Hill School, set in the rural heart of his electorate.

Dr McVeigh along with wife Anita and children Meghan, Kevin, Bridget, Annabelle, Marita and Tessa cast their vote at 1pm and were supported by well wishes along the way.

Dr McVeigh said the day had been hectic, visiting many polling booths in his electorate.

"We am getting a very positive vibe, I have run a solid campaign and I will go hard until the polls close at 6pm," Dr McVeigh said.

"I am taking all my competitors quite seriously, as politics is challenging and this election could see a tight result."

If re-elected he said he had a lot of work to follow up on the issues raised with him throughout the campaign.

Dr McVeigh thanked his family for being so supportive throughout the campaign and in particular on handing out how to vote cards at the polling booths.

"All six of our children are working today, and we have also managed to include a couple of boyfriends on-board today as well."

Daughter Bridget McVeigh said their father had always supported them, and it was great to be able to support him.

"We even have roped in two boyfriends today and that has made them very popular with dad," Miss McVeigh said.

With a number of knife-edge seats in north and central Queensland, it is set to be a tight electoral race.

Both the Agriculture Minister David Littleproud and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack visited central Queensland on the campaign trail this week.

Mr Littleproud put a further $150,000 on the table to inform farmers about the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

Drought policy, climate change and water infrastructure have been some of the big issues for farmers heading in to the election.

Visit queenslandcountrylife.com.au from 6pm for live updates of how the count unfolds across rural Queensland.

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