Peter Slipper hands out his how-to-vote cards to Frank Curley and Ana Velvick yesterday at Siena College in Sippy Downs.
Peter Slipper hands out his how-to-vote cards to Frank Curley and Ana Velvick yesterday at Siena College in Sippy Downs.

Peter Slipper sunk with just 1.4% of the first votes

PETER Slipper has been obliterated at the ballot box, recording what is believed to be the lowest result by an incumbent at a federal election.

Mr Slipper was unseated in disastrous circumstances.

Late last night with 56% of the vote counted, the independent had polled just 1.42%.

Comparatively, disgraced former ALP MP Craig Thomson was polling around 4% in his NSW Central Coast seat of Dobell.

Mr Slipper was only polling slightly ahead of rookie candidate Jarreau Terry.

Mr Terry, an indigenous welfare worker, was polling 1.27% of the vote.

"To be brutally honest, I wasn't in it to win it," Mr Terry said.

"I run a not-for-profit indigenous corporation and I work with renewable energies.

"My goal was to create massive employment via industry and building new products. I wanted to create awareness that unemployment is a major problem on the Coast."

Mr Slipper refused to speak last night, instead issuing a media release, thanking his supporters and stating that he had been "vilified" over the past 18 months.

He had held the seat on and off for 29 years.

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He first won the seat as a member of the National Party in 1984, before being unseated by Labor's Michael Lavarch in 1987. He regained power as a member of the Liberal Party in 1993.

He served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance, Acting Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and Whip during the John Howard government but was never a member of cabinet.

After being dogged by a series of scandals over excessive spending and travel expenses, he did a deal with the Labor Party to be promoted to the role of Speaker in November 2011.

The power move angered the Coalition and he was sacked by the party.

However he was forced to step down as Speaker when he was charged with fraud relating to the misuse of Cabcharge vouchers and accused of sexual harassment by former staffer James Ashby.

"Given the vilification and constant attack to which my family and I have been subjected over the past 18 months, this has been the toughest campaign I have fought and I am lucky to have had so many people supporting me," Mr Slipper said.

 

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