Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Truss a Favourite for Re-Election in Wide Bay

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Truss a Favourite for Re-Election in Wide Bay

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Geoff Egan

WARREN Truss is set to be one of the big winners from Malcolm Turnbull's prime ministership with one betting agency predicting the Coalition now will comfortably win the next election.

The Nationals leader is Sportsbet's overwhelming favourite to hold his seat and would be expected to remain deputy prime minister in a Turnbull-led Coalition.

The betting agency has Mr Truss as the $1.01 favourite to win his Wide Bay seat, with Labor paying $16 and Independents paying $15 to win.

Sportsbet is predicting the new Prime Minister will lead the Coalition to a victory at the next election - predicting Liberal and National candidates to win 85 seats and Labor to win 61.

The total is a five seat loss from the Coalition's current majority - but a large turnaround from Sportsbet's prediction under former Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

The betting agency predicted the Government would lose 16 seats with Mr Abbott as the leader - potentially resulting in a hung parliament. …

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