Trevor Evans, the LNP’s openly gay candidate for the seat of Brisbane, has claimed victory in the 2016 federal election.
Evans won 55.41 per cent of the two candidates preferred vote, beating Labor’s Pat O’Neill.
“It has been a phenomenal effort, I think we’ve run a fantastic campaign,” Evans said.
Evans then took the opportunity to thank his supporters and the people who voted him in.
“Most importantly, I want to say a very big thank you to the voters in Brisbane,” Evans said.
“Brisbane voters have placed a huge amount of faith in me as the next federal minister for the next three years, and in the Turnbull government.
“They have clearly chosen to back economic management and a good, strong plan for the future.”
Though the result was clear for Evans’ Brisbane seat, the same can’t be said for the Turnbull government as a whole — the election still hasn’t been called and numbers have been extremely close on both sides.
Evans’ speech painted a picture of a decisive victory, in spite of the obstacles faced along the way.
“When you consider some of the scare campaigns and some of the focuses that were big distractions during the last eight weeks of the campaign, it is a fantastic thing to know that the voters of Brisbane have embraced a good, strong plan for jobs and growth and stability for the next three years,” Evans said.
Many Coalition MPs have called the issue of same-sex marriage a distraction throughout the campaign, after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull promised a plebiscite into marriage equality, which Evans had thrown his support behind in the past.
“The hard work starts tomorrow,” Evans said.
“I’ll be the most visible, hard working member for Brisbane that we’ve ever had.”
Evans takes over as the member for Brisbane from Teresa Gambaro.