Queensland calls for snap elections
The Australian state of Queensland has called a snap election that is set to test support for both the populist party of Pauline Hanson and an environmentally sensitive Indian coal mine project.
Campaigning began yesterday in the state, after Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, of the Labor Party, set down a poll date of November 25.
Labor won power from the Liberals in a 2015 landslide, but most opinion polls indicate it will be a closer call this time.
The election is shaping as a political test of Hanson’s One Nation, which has enjoyed a tide of support in the state on its platform of zero-net migration and opposition to Islam.
Pundits are looking to see how the party fares as an insight into whether it could remain a force heading into national polls due in late 2018. time when he shouldn’t have been in the Federal Parliament and we narrowly lost votes because of that.”
Joyce has said many of those decisions were made by cabinet collectively rather than himself personally and so ought to remain valid.