Talks to give poll date hint

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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.

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