In the event, the Whitlam government was re-elected (in 1974) – but in an election that was so close it took two weeks to be finally decided. And again it was Bjelke-Petersen who proved the biggest thorn in Labor’s side. While Labor held up pretty well in the rest of Australia it dropped 3.2% of its vote in Queensland (to 44%). And, perhaps most important of all, while Labor won its expected five Senate seats out of ten in every other state, in Queensland it could win only four. The Labor man who missed out, Dr Mal Colston, a doctor of philosophy then working as a research officer with the state Police Department, lost by just a couple of thousand votes in more than a million. It was this Queensland senate seat which was to be a vital loss for Labor.