Elliot claims victory
Former Gold Coast police officer, Justine Elliot, has won the Federal seat of Richmond for the Labor Party sending sitting National Party membert, Larry Anthony into the political wilderness.
Ms Elliot claimed victory on Monday night with a lead of more than 300 votes.
Her win was a reversal of the national trend which saw the Howard Government returned to office with an increased majority.
Ms Elliot promised to work hard for the North Coast in Canberra.
"No matter how big or small the problem, my door will always be open," she said.
Ms Elliot said she would make sure there was a real effort to find solutions to the problem of overdevelopment of our coastline.
She said the coast was the basis of the region's unique lifestyle, and she couldn't sit by and watch as it was slowly destroyed.
"I'd like to thank Larry Anthony for the contribution he's made as a local MP and Minister and on behalf of all residents I wish him and his family all the best for the future.
"The North Coast will face many challenges over the next three years. I feel privileged that I am able to fight to get the services we need.
"It's a responsibility I take very seriously."