After months of campaigning, Frank Gilbert conceded defeat last night.
After months of campaigning, Frank Gilbert conceded defeat last night. Emily Smith

Frank Gilbert gracious in Dawson defeat

FRANK Gilbert phoned George Christensen last night to congratulate him on winning the Federal seat of Dawson.

The Labor party candidate said the conversation was civil and cordial, as he conceded defeat in the race.

"He's the winner and winners are grinners," Mr Gilbert said.

"He was very civil and cordial and he said it had been a long campaign, and I had to agree."


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Even though he didn't take the seat, Mr Gilbert saw a 4.51% swing towards him, with 56 of 61 polling booths returned in the two-party preferred vote, which he saw as a victory.

He said for that reason, the months of campaigning had been worthwhile.

"Nobody expected us to win, but I think we gave it a really good crack," he said.

Mr Gilbert said he didn't think he would run in Federal politics again.

For the short-term, he would now focus on his community work, through the Rotary Club, the school chaplaincy program and being the licensee at the G&S Engineering Wine and Food Festival next weekend.

And despite his conviction that Labor party leader Bill Shorten would be Prime Minister one day, he wasn't hedging any bets on who would win the Federal election.

"It would be a very brave person to make a prediction," he said.