Queens­land calls for snap elec­tions

Gulf News - - Australia / Africa -

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.

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