VIDEO: Michelle Landry speaks out after landslide win
IT was the happiest party in town last night at The Criterion Hotel where Michelle Landry joined her most ardent supporters to claim victory in the seat of Capricornia for an historic third term.
Ms Landry is the first conservative female politician to represent Capricornia, the third National Party member and at the 2016 election became the first to be re-elected.
The electorate's longest serving member was Frank Forde (Labor) from 1922 - 1946. Mr Forde was Australia's shortest serving Prime Minister when he held office for seven days in 1945 after the death of John Curtin.
In her speech last night, Ms Landry thanked her team and her main rival Russell Robertson who she described as very respectful.
"This is the most civilised campaign I've been in," she said.
"Normally there's a lot of union presence but Russell kept that under control.
"At the pre-poll and polling booths we all talked together..."
She also thanked environmentalist Bob Brown who she said united Central Queenslanders "who don't like to be told what to do by blow-ins from down south".
During her last term, Ms Landry had a margin of just 0.6 per cent but she now expects that to be closer to 11 per cent.