Posted: 12:18 pm on 27th August 2013

The electorate of Flynn, in regional Queensland, is a key marginal seat in the upcoming Federal election.

The new seat was first contested in the 2007 election, when Labor candidate Chris Trevor emerged victorious. However, since 2010 it has been held by LNP member Ken O’Dowd, with a margin of just under 4%.

Kevin Rudd is desperately attempting to regain the seat, amidst reports that Queensland marginal seats could hold the key to his Government’s survival.

It is difficult to put a price on survival, but the latest estimates out of ALP headquarters suggest it’s pretty pricey.

Minister for Regional Australia, Catherine King, recently announced $1.8 million for an airport upgrade in Biloela, a small town about two hours south of Rockhampton, in the heart of Flynn.

According to the Minister, the investment shows:

The Rudd Labor Government is serious about investing in regional and local communities and helping them meet future challenges and opportunities.

It seems only around 4200 of Biloela’s inhabitants are over 18. At around $430 per elector, the Rudd Government’s investment decision may be more about meeting its own future challenges, than meeting regional Australia’s.

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