'Dirtiest election campaign ever': Jim Pearce

Sitting Labor Member for Mirani  Jim Pearce.
Sitting Labor Member for Mirani Jim Pearce. Luke Mortimer

LABOR candidate for Mirani Jim Pearce says he is relieved to see the end of what he describes as the "dirtiest election campaign" he's ever been involved in.

"Behind the scenes, you've got people saying things that aren't true, that are simply dishonest. I'm really disappointed. I don't play those sort of politics," he said.

"Those who say those sort of things, it brings their politics and their whole approach into question. When you're saying nasty things, untruths, it's just unfair.

"I was delighted when I realised there was only one more sleep to go."

Mr Pearce said many of the personal attacks directed at him came from Liberal National Party supporters, though he wouldn't be drawn on the details.

He also acknowledged the strong turn out for One Nation this election.

"I think there's a lot of people who are voting One Nation. That's coming through really clear," he said.

"What happens to their number two vote will likely decide things.

"For someone who's been around for quite a while, I'm finding it really difficult to pick, to get a sense of the outcome.

"I'm thinking it's going to be really close. Whichever way it goes. The same feeling I had at pre-poll."

He's optimistic but not discounting LNP candidate Kerry Latter's chances.

He was sad too that a sizeable portion of voters he'd spoken with seemed unsure of what their vote would actually mean.

"It's certainly been interesting hearing how people are voting," he said.

"I heard a lady talking, saying 'Pauline Hanson's the one for me'. Well, Pauline Hanson's not even running in the election.

"She's not even running for a state seat, because she can't, she's a senator ... you just wonder what makes people make the vote they do."

Acknowledging the growing discontent for the major parties, Mr Pearce said he believed Labor and the LNP needed to do a better job engaging voters and "asking them how they want to be informed, what they think".

"It's a bad thing for the nation, for the country. It's not good to have these voters confused," he said.

The Daily Mercury caught up with Mr Pearce at the Walkerston State School polling booth in the Mirani electorate.

A steady stream of voters were still making their way through the gates of the school as midday approached.

Topics:  dirty tactics jim pearce mackayelection2017 politics qldelection2017

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