‘No election until after the budget this year’
MEMBER for Cook Billy Gordon has given his two cents on when the next state election could (or should) be held: after an “election-winning budget” is tabled midyear.
Another factor that would push an election date further into 2017 is the currently inprogress electoral redistribution, which was initiated mid-2016.
“I think it would be a bit premature for the premier to take us to an election until she has a clear idea about what the new electoral boundaries are,” said Mr Gordon.
“I’m very interested to see what those new boundaries are for Cook.”
The extra four divisions in Queensland are expected to ensure there are no seats lost outside of Southeast and, in theory, safeguard regional representation.
Both major parties have proposed changes to Cook in the redistribution.
Labor has proposed that Mareeba be split from Cook and moved to Dalrymple, allowing the southern coastal border to reach beyond Wangetti deep into the Northern Beaches of Cairns.
The LNP has recommended that Cook be expanded to include large swaths of Gulf country.
Mr Gordon was coy on whether he’d run again after a turbulent first term, but said that the surge towards One Nation was something all politicians should be thinking about.
“I think One Nation is going to be a force in Cook,” he said, adding that he thought that for those wanting to lodge a protest vote, there are other options.
“My big issue is with people who want to look towards One Nation ... as a protest vote.
“I don’t know if they actually need to vote for One Nation, who I think peddle politics of fear and hate and ignorance – to voice their disdain for the major parties.”