Down to the wire and still counting . Then what ?
With ALP candidate Cathy O'Toole leading by 35 at the latest count , with preferences to be rechecked , the arrival of smiling Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Townsville has led to speculation that the Coalition will try every democratic trick in the book to have a byelection , first by going to the Court of Disputed Returns. Winning the seat would make life a little easier for the government .
On his visit, the PM confirmed the government would stand by its campaign promises for $100million for the prosed stadium and entertainment centre and urban revitalisation. He also hugged members of the Cowboys footy team and visited the Lavarack Barracks , where glum looking Jones was not allowed anywhere near a handgrenade in light of his previous juggling act with one . Part of the display by the troops included carrying an election casualty off to M*A*S*H headquarters , and it did not look like O'Toole , Jones trailing by 73 votes at that stage.