A typical overcast tropical day threatening showers didn’t prevent voters from queuing up to vote early in the electorate of Leichhardt.

Bright colours could be seen with balloons, candidate signs and volunteers readily handing out voting leaflets to sway voters.

Sausage sizzles and cake stalls were held all over the electorate to entice voters and raise funds for local community groups.

Cake stall volunteer at St Mary Catholic College in Cairns, Anne Blakeney, said: “The public seems to have already decided who they are voting for.”

After the longest federal election campaign in 50 years, there was a sense of relief with many voters appearing to have already made their minds up and heading straight to the polling booth.

Warren Entsch (LNP) is the sitting member, holding the seat on a margin of 5.7%, and is up against Labor’s Sharryn Howes.

The North Queensland electorate faces tough times despite pledges for jobs and growth from the government.

North Queensland is experiencing the highest unemployment of 12.5%, with 13,100 people looking for employment in March.

The LNP has pledged $1bn over the next 10 years for the Great Barrier Reef, jobs, and sustainability and these will be key areas to watch in the coming years. 


 Sue, Hannah, Alison, Jan and Anne sell cakes for the Scottish and Irish dance community at St Mary's College in Cairns. Photo by Emily Tierney.