Greens mount battle for Brisbane’s heart as polling draws to close

«There’s some areas of policy where we have a lot in common with Labor, but they need the Greens to hold them to account on climate, on social justice, and a push to clean up politics.»

She said the Greens were legitimately hopeful of picking up at least three seats in Brisbane – Griffith, held by Labor’s Terri Butler on a margin of 1.4 per cent, Ryan, which is nominally LNP by 9 per cent but which is considered in play following the resignation of Jane Prentice, and the seat of Brisbane itself.

The former Labor jewel has been held by the LNP since 2010, by Teresa Gambaro and currently Trevor Evans.

Ms Waters said she believed Greens candidate Andrew Bartlett could take the seat, and the party would see a rise in their primary vote following a hard-fought campaign.

“I feel very encouraged by the strength and support we’ve seen and the feeling of hope in the community.”

For his part Mr Evans, who holds the seat on a margin of 6 per cent, said he believed voters knew what he stood for.

“Ive worked really hard and done a lot of work through the community which I think is recognised,” Mr Evans said.

“Although people try to politicise the environmental debate, Australians should be proud we are meeting and exceeding our international commitments under Kyoto 1, Kyoto 2 and we’re likely to do so under Paris (climate agreement).”

Battle lines - Labor candidate for Brisbane Paul Newbury (left) and LNP incumbent Trevor Evans work either side of the voting line at New Farm state school

Battle lines — Labor candidate for Brisbane Paul Newbury (left) and LNP incumbent Trevor Evans work either side of the voting line at New Farm state schoolCredit:Stuart Layt

Mr Evans and his Labor challenger Paul Newbury faced off on opposite sides of the line of voters at New Farm State School on Saturday, which snaked over 100 metres through the school buildings as thousands turned up to the inner-city booth.

It was one of a number of Brisbane booths which saw long lines on Saturday, including at Rainworth State School and at Brisbane City Hall, which saw hundreds lined up down Ann Street and snaking across King George Square.

Dressed ready for a weekend workout, Ruby Salazar was annoyed she had to delay her gym session by almost an hour.

“This has really encouraged me to pre-poll, some of my friends did it and I wish I had’ve now,» she said.

“Luckily I am just going to the gym and don’t have something important on.”

Further down the line, Sunshine Coast mother Alison Pilling had been queuing for 30 minutes.

“Next time I am going to vote days before and not be such a sheep. I could have saved a lot of my time if I had of just voted early,» she said.

“I need to take the train back up the coast, so it is pretty annoying.”

Queensland’s deputy premier Jackie Trad visited poll workers at one booth in the inner-Brisbane suburb of West End, in the marginal seat of Griffith.

The Greens have run a large campaign in the seat, trying to oust Labor incumbent Terri Butler, and Ms Trad said the election would be close.

“Anyone who tries to call an election after what we have seen in elections recently is a pretty brave individual,” the deputy premier said.

“I think Queenslanders particularly want to see a change in government and want to see a change in government to a party that takes their issues seriously and invests in infrastructure and services to all Queenslanders regardless of wherever they live.”

Meanwhile, Peter Dutton remains confident he can hold onto his marginal Queensland seat of Dickson despite an «unprecedented personal attack» by GetUp and Labor.

The home affairs minister voted at Albany Creek State High School polling booth in his north-western Brisbane seat on Saturday afternoon.

«We have run a very effective campaign on the ground,» Mr Dutton told reporters after casting his vote.

«It’s been in the face of an unprecedented personal attack, and the mud that has been thrown has backfired on both GetUp and the Labor Party.»

Mr Dutton holds his seat by just a margin of 1.7 per cent, facing a serious challenge from Labor candidate Ali France.

-with Tony Moore, Lydia Lynch, AAP

Stuart Layt covers health, science and technology for the Brisbane Times. He was formerly the Queensland political reporter for AAP.

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