Candidates left out of pocket for failed election bids
FOURTEEN candidates will not be getting a refund following their failed bid to win a seat in the Queensland parliament.
An Electoral Commission of Queensland spokeswoman said candidates and parties could be reimbursed for their election campaigns if they secured at least 6 per cent of first preference votes.
She said if they crossed the voting threshold, candidates and parties could be refunded either for their electoral expenses or on a per vote basis, depending on which cost less.
She said candidates could claim back $1.651 per vote and parties could claim $3.304 for each ballot they won.
Across Mackay, Mirani, Whitsunday and Burdekin, 14 candidates failed to reach the magic 6 per cent mark.
Mr Costigan pulled in 9.36 per cent of the first preferences in the Whitsunday race.
However his party, NQ First, will not be able to claim back spending in Mirani, Burdekin, Cook and Townsville, with all candidate failing to meet the 6 per cent threshold.
Burdekin One Nation candidate Clive Remmer looks set to narrowly secure his refund, with 6.92 per cent of the vote.
Whitsunday Katter's Australian Party candidate Ciaron Paterson's refund may come down to the final votes, with 14 per cent of the votes remaining to be counted.
Mr Paterson will need to hold on to his first preference position of 6.19 per cent to get his campaign refund.
Mackay candidates below the refund threshold:
ECQ first preference results with 84.68 per cent of the vote counted
Legalise Cannabis Qld, Shaun Krstic: 4.35 per cent
Queensland Greens, Imogen Lindenberg: 3.37 per cent
Informed Medical Options Party, Julie Saunders: 1.21 per cent
Mirani candidates below the refund threshold:
ECQ first preference results with 88.23 per cent of the vote counted
North Queensland First, Jason Borg: 4.07 per cent
Queensland Greens, Ben Watkin: 2.43 per cent
Civil Liberties and Motorists Party, Nick Byram: 1.16 per cent
Clive Palmer's United Australia Party, Tepepe Borg: 1.10 per cent
Whitsunday candidates below the refund threshold:
ECQ first preference results with 85.86 per cent of the vote counted
Legalise Cannabis Qld, Paul Hilder: 4.79 per cent
Queensland Greens, Emma Barrett: 3.89 per cent
Clive Palmer's United Australia Party, Greg Armstrong: 0.86 per cent
Burdekin candidates below the refund threshold:
ECQ first preference results with 87.37 per cent of the vote counted
Queensland Greens, Jack Smith: 1.98 per cent
Animal Justice Party, Dominique Thiriet: 1.38 per cent
Clive Palmer's United Australia Party, Benjamin Wood: 0.91 per cent
North Queensland First, Carolyn Moriarty: 3.77 per cent