Talks to give poll date hint
THE fate of an upcoming Advance Cairns parliamentary delegation could serve as a barometer for how close the State Government is to calling an election.
Tourism Tropical North Queensland and Cairns Chamber of Commerce members will join the Brisbane mission during the October 10 sitting week to lobby ministers and the shadow cabinet for Far Northern priorities.
Advance Cairns chairman Trent Twomey said a meeting scheduled with Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland Coralee O’Rourke on Thursday had been cancelled, but the delegation remained pencilled in.
“None of our meetings for that parliamentary sitting have been cancelled,” he said.
Speculation about the election date is rife with talk of a November 4 poll popular among political pundits.
“We know there are three specific target seats — Cairns, Barron River and Hill,” Mr Twomey said.
“Both major parties will be looking at throwing much greater attention to the Far North than they did in the previous election.”
Another delegation will head to Canberra the following week.