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FEDERAL ELECTION: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
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EXPECT a whole lot of new smiling faces vying for your vote ahead of the July 2 Federal Election.

For what is believed to be the first time ever, three of the four Sunshine Coast sitting candidates won't be standing for the July Federal Election.

What would you like to see your Federal Member fight for?

This poll ended on 21 May 2016.

Current Results

Better roads, including the Bruce Highway.

56%

More jobs.

26%

Increase to the pension.

17%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Member for Fisher, Mal Brough, Member for Fairfax, Clive Palmer and Member for Wide Bay, Warren Truss will be walking away from their roles.

On the Coast, only the Member for Longman, Wyatt Roy, will remain.

The Daily quizzed some of the already announced candidates in Fisher and Fairfax to gain an understanding of the major issues for the Sunshine Coast.

Candidate for Fairfax, Ted O'Brien, lost the 2013 election to Mr Palmer by 36 votes.

Mr O'Brien said it was time to ensure "the Coast gets a fair go in three areas - jobs, infrastructure and investment".

He said people were also concerned about the national debt, the economy and national security.

Also standing for the seat, which had been an LNP stronghold until Mr Palmer walked in, is Nambour's Scott Anderson.

Mr Anderson said the biggest issue for Fairfax was that "for nearly three decades it has been an LNP held seat".

"Yet the LNP has done very little in the area to support not-for-profits and businesses and the region has suffered," he said.

He said even when Mr Palmer was in, "he was really no different from the LNP" as he was just as absent as the former member.

Employment, infrastructure funding for the widening of the Bruce Highway and the railway line and the NBN roll out were his other key issues.

LNP candidate for Fisher, Andrew Wallace, was passionate about jobs.

"As a father, I am very passionate to ensure we can find good quality, meaningful employment for people here on the Coast," Mr Wallace said.

"This has many benefits, it keeps families together and it will be one less car on the Bruce Highway to Brisbane."

He also wanted all levels of government to work together.

He wasn't too concerned about the history of the seat, formerly held by Peter Slipper and then Mr Brough, who remains the subject of an AFP probe.

"I think the people of Fisher are smart enough to judge people on their own merits," he said.

Labor candidate for Fisher, Bill Gissane, believed the key issue was the divide between rich and poor.

"My basic political philosophy is unequal societies are morally wrong," he said.

"To ensure quality of opportunities, we have to get the bottom and top closer.

"Here on the Coast, the youth unemployment rate is unconscionable."

Policies around Medicare and education were also important.

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