Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Noel Thomp­son noel.thomp­son@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

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