10 May 2023

Bookmakers predict close race as eight run for Cook

| Cape York Weekly
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CYNTHIA Lui is “no good thing” to win re-election at this month’s election, according to bookies.

Eight candidates are confirmed to be in the race after nominations closed on Sunday.

The incumbent Cook MP is still favourite to win the seat but Sportsbet thinks it will be close.

Ms Lui is listed at $2 ahead of LNP candidate Nipper Brown, who is considered a $3.50 chance.

Katter’s Australian Party rookie candidate Tanika Parker is on the third line of betting at $4.

Despite finishing second in Cook at the last election, One Nation isn’t given a chance by the corporate bookmaker in 2020.

Pauline Hanson’s representative Brettlyn “Beaver” Neal is listed as a $10 chance to win the seat.

Former Wujal Wujal mayor Desmond Tayley is running for the North Queensland First party and is a rank outsider at $91.

No odds have been offered for independent Yodie Batzke, Greens hopeful Deby Ruddell or Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party candidate Stephen Goulmy.

Ms Lui, the incumbent Member for Cook, opened as a $1.60 chance but has been on the drift since markets opened.

She was a $1.85 chance on Thursday and by the time the ballot draw was conducted on Sunday, was considered a $2 prospect.

Across the state, Sportsbet has Labor at $1.85 to be sworn in again, while the LNP is $1.95.

Pre-poll voting opens in Weipa on Monday, October 19.


1. Yodie Batzke (IND)

2. Ed “Nipper” Brown (LNP)

3. Desmond Tayley (NQF)

4. Brett “Beaver” Neal (PHON)

5. Deby Ruddell (The Greens)

6. Tanika Parker (KAP)

7. Cynthia Lui (ALP)

8. Stephen Goulmy (UAP)

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