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QUEENSLANDERS will head to the polls on January 31 in one of the state’s shortest election campaigns.
Premier Campbell Newman visited the acting Governor on Tuesday and called the next State Election.
In his first press conference since announcing the January 31 election date, Mr Newman has conceded the LNP was in for a tight race as it fights for a second term in power.
Mr Newman said Queensland could not risk returning to Labor.
But in an admission of the party’s troubled polling in Queensland and his own uphill battle to hold his seat in Ashgrove, Mr Newman told reporters there was a “very real possibility” his government would lose.
“I make the point to Queenslanders that we simply can’t have the sort of political chaos that we have seen in other states and sadly at the federal level in the past few years,” Mr Newman said.
Mundubbera solicitor Keith Rennick said the calling of the election now was good for the economy and there was nothing he liked more than a quick campaign.
“I don’t like political parties that play games with the electorate and the voters,” Mr Rennick said.
“Get on with the job and get the election over with.”
Labor Party leader Annastacia Palaszczuk told the media in Brisbane towns in rural and regional Queensland had suffered skyrocketing unemployment under the LNP Government.
Ms Palaszczuk said after receiving an electoral hiding in 2012, going from government to just seven seats, Labor had learnt its lesson.
Mundubbera butcher and small business owner Tim Duggan said the calling of the election in this way was a tactic any good team would play.
“Campbell Newman is in the position to call the shots and he has moved to have the election when it suits him,” Mr Duggan said.
Speaking in a Milton park in the central-western Brisbane seat of Mt Coot-tha, Ms Palaszczuk welcomed Mr Newman’s decision to call an early election.