Elections > Chatsworth By-election 2005 > Seats
CALTABIANO, Michael - LP WINNER
FORRESTER, Christopher - ALP
JENKINS, Elissa - GRN
MYATT, Barry - HAN
Chatsworth was created in 1959 and is located in Brisbane's outer eastern suburbs. It includes the established suburbs of Camp Hill and Carina in the west and extends eastwards to include Carindale, Belmont, Tingalpa and Gumdale.
Deputy Premier, Terry Mackenroth, has held the seat of Chatsworth since 1977. However, after 27 years in Parliament he has resigned causing a by-election. Liberal party President Michael Caltabiano, who is also the Councillor for the ward of Chandler and leader of the Council opposition, will need a swing of more than 12% to win. While difficult this is not unprecedented in by-elections. Chris Forrester is the Labor candidate.
Commentary and Analysis
With the Queensland hospital crisis hanging over the Beattie government, the Labor stronghold seat of Chatsworth held by Terry Mackenroth could be won by Liberal Councillor Michael Caltabiano. Following the Bundaberg health scandal centred on Dr Jayant Patel,nicknamed “Dr Death” and subsequent poor issue management, Beattie has been under pressure to increase funding to the health system. Instead of collaborating with other Ministers and experts to solve the problems Beattie has monopolised control of the area in his portfolio. Voters may be angry enough to punish Beattie by voting against Labor candidate Chris Forrester. By running a strong candidate like Caltabiano, the Liberal party has a good chance of adding another seat to their small number of seats in Parliament.
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