Queensland referendum voting trends emerge as count continues
Queensland's referendum on fixed, four-year terms seems certain to pass, but it has thrown up some interesting variations across the state.
With 66 per cent of the votes counted, the yes case had a clear lead of 53 per cent to 47 per cent (1,041,608 to 920,026).
Predictions the proposal to extend the current variable three-year terms would find less favour outside Brisbane failed to materialise, with voters supporting the referendum in roughly equal proportions in the south-east and regional Queensland.
But individual electorates have returned different results, sometimes from their next door neighbour.
Overall, 70 seats were in favour, 19 against, but with different margins, as shown by ABC election analyst Antony Green.
The referendum has attracted the most support in the Surfers Paradise electorate of Deputy Opposition Leader John-Paul Langbroek, where 61 per cent of voters said yes.
That was followed by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk's seat of Inala on Brisbane's southside, along with Mermaid Beach on the Gold Coast and Cairns in the far north, with 59 per cent.
The biggest no vote to this point was 55 per cent in Dalrymple — the electorate of Katter's Australian Party (KAP) MP Shane Knuth — who campaigned against the referendum.
But opinion was the reverse in the other KAP seat of Mount Isa, with 58 per cent voting yes.
The most evenly divided seats included a trio of neighbouring electorates on Brisbane's northside - Aspley, Everton and Ferny Grove - which were all split virtually 50-50.
Other seats where the yes and no votes were no more than 2 percentage points apart were Capalaba, Cleveland, Condamine, Glass House, Gregory, Ipswich, Ipswich West, Kallangur, Maryborough, Morayfield, Murrumba, Nicklin, Pine Rivers and Sandgate.
Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath's electorate of Redcliffe was also split down the middle.
The Cairns and Townsville regions were big backers of fixed, longer terms, as was the Gold Coast with almost every seat in the region clearly in favour.
The seats of Cairns, Barron River and Mulgrave in the state's far north were all sitting on votes of 56 per cent or higher, and Townsville, Mundingburra and Thuringowa in north Queensland, returned 55 per cent or more.
But electorates with big no votes were more sporadic — Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg's constituents in Southern Downs were almost 57 per cent against, while almost 54 per cent in former LNP deputy premier Jeff Seeney's seat of Callide voted against.
The seats closest to the statewide average of 53-47 were Moggill and Hervey Bay.
Source: ABC News