Wallace won’t take victory for granted

The member for Fisher and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Andrew Wallace, says he refuses to take victory for granted despite holding the Sunshine Coast seat by over 12 per cent.

Speaking to business owners at a Glasshouse Country Chamber of Commerce event today, Mr Wallace said Queensland was renowned for strong swings and he was fighting for Fisher as though it was a marginal seat.

“There is no such thing as a safe seat in Queensland,” he said.

“When Queenslanders swing, they swing hard.”

Mr Wallace holds Fisher by 12.7 per cent, with the LNP gaining 3.5 per cent at the 2019 poll.

He said that results for Fisher over the past three years, including most recently securing $1.6bn to fund the heavy rail extension from Beerwah to Maroochydore, was testament to his commitment to the electorate.

“I work for my seat as though it’s a marginal seat. You have to work hard to keep that respect up,” he said.

 “I work seven days a week, 18 hours a day. I deliver for my community and I take nothing for granted.

Labor needs to win gain seven seats to win government, with polls this week suggesting it could achieve that result at the May 21 poll.

Mr Wallace said while he was concerned about the national result, he maintained confidence that the coalition could win.

“Do I worry we will lose government? Yes. I take nothing for granted. Do I think we can win? Absolutely,” he said.