SUNSHINE COAST voters in the Fisher electorate know a thing or two about Peter Slipper scandals.
The former Speaker has held the seat, considered one of the safest Liberal-National Party electorates in Queensland, since 1993.
In that time, Mr Slipper has weathered controversies including questions over his travel expenditures, his removal from a Qantas flight in 2003 and a taxpayer-funded mobile phone bill in 2008 which was more expensive than the prime minister's.
Still, voters who lived within the electoral boundaries of Fisher voted Mr Slipper in time and again, despite local media continuing to highlight his foibles and habits before, during and after each election.
''Being with the LNP would have had a lot to do with it,'' Mooloolaba resident Anthony Loughland said. ''But he is a slow learner and I think he fooled them [the voters].''
Bronwyn Reid, who lives in the Sunshine Coast hinterland section of Mr Slipper's electorate, said, despite the scandals, her experience was that he ''wasn't always this bad''.
''I dealt with Peter Slipper 10 years ago about an issue, a very personal issue for me, after I was convinced to go speak to my federal member about it,'' she said.
''I don't agree with what's happened now, but he was very helpful and he did get the job done for me. I think in the beginning, he was in there for the right reasons, but I think with politicians, the longer they are in power, the more power-hungry they become.''
For Sue and Allen Long, small business owners in the Sunshine Coast hinterland and LNP stronghold town of Maleny, Mr Slipper was ''seen but not heard''.
''As far as I can see, taking over the Speaker's role was the only political thing he has ever done,'' Mr Long said. ''If he's ever done anything for the electorate, I haven't seen it in 16 years. It was only controversy, that's all you ever saw. Controversy and what it cost to run him.''
The Longs said, when they needed help negotiating government red tape to open their antique and tearoom store Geordie Lane, it was independent state member Peter Wellington who came to their aid.
''He actually did something, and used commonsense,'' Mrs Long said. ''But with Peter Slipper, I just think if you wait long enough, the truth comes out about someone's actions. And that's what happened here.''
Mr Long, admittedly not an LNP supporter, said it was the Sunshine Coast's conservative bent that was to blame for Mr Slipper's success.
''This is such a Liberal stronghold, they could put a robber's dog in with a Liberal badge on it and it would get votes. Instead they put in Slipper and it was the same result.''
For long-time LNP supporter and Fisher resident Gwen Ross, news Mal Brough had gained the party's preselection ''was very welcome''.
''We have been voting for Peter Slipper for years, so we only have ourselves to blame, but I can't say I'm not happy he'll probably be out,'' she said. ''I'm very happy Mal Brough has been selected.''