Five of the six Lockyer candidates attend the ballot in Gatton: Steve Leese (ALP), Clare Rudkin (Greens), Ian Rickuss (LNP), Pauline Hanson (One Nation) and David Neuendorf (KAP). Missing is Craig Gunnis (PUP).
Five of the six Lockyer candidates attend the ballot in Gatton: Steve Leese (ALP), Clare Rudkin (Greens), Ian Rickuss (LNP), Pauline Hanson (One Nation) and David Neuendorf (KAP). Missing is Craig Gunnis (PUP). Derek Barry

Labor grabs top spot in Lockyer ballot draw

LABOR party candidate Steve Leese has drawn first position in the ballot for the seat of Lockyer ahead of the LNP's Ian Rickuss with Pauline Hanson down the field.

Six candidates have declared for the seat held by Mr Rickuss, 

Labor's Leese heads the ballot followed by Mr Rickuss. Drawn third is Greens candidate Clare Rudkin who just beat the nomination deadline of midday yesterday. Fourth is Katter Party candidate David Neuendorf followed by Ms Hanson.

The Palmer Party's Craig Gunnis was drawn last and he was the only candidate not to attend the draw in Gatton yesterday afternoon.

Ms Hanson acknowledged her draw on the paper hasn't made the task of taking the seat any easier.

"I would have liked number one but it didn't happen," Ms Hanson said.

"But I'm sure if people want to vote for me they'll soon find Pauline."

Labor's Steve Leese said he was happy with the outcome but the LNP's Ian Rickuss said it didn't matter where he was in the ballot.

"I've won before from many different positions in the draw and these days 70 percent of people just vote one," Mr Rickuss said.

Katter candidate David Neuendorf agreed first place on the ballot was not a deciding factor.

"You might pick up a few percent but I'm happy where we are in the middle with Pauline right behind me," he said.

See today's Queensland Times or Gatton Star for the full story.


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