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Australia Queensland election campaign kicks off as Palaszczuk strikes a Newman tone in opening pitch

11:36  06 october  2020
11:36  06 october  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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Echoing the mantras of elections past, the Queensland Premier today kicked off the official 2020 campaign with a statement similar to the LNP's Campbell Newman in 2015.

When asked about the possibility of forming a minority government Annastacia Palaszczuk said it was "a recipe for chaos" — the same phrase used by Mr Newman ahead of the the 2015 election.

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The LNP still holds a marginal lead but Labor hopes 67% approval for its Covid-19 response turns into a win in October.

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If Labor loses more than two seats and the LNP fails to win at least nine, Ms Palaszczuk faces the prospect of striking a deal with minor parties to hold onto power.

"I'm asking Queenslanders for a majority … majority brings stability," she said.

Yesterday, Ms Palaszczuk declared "minority governments don't work", despite herself leading a stable minority government after the 2015 election.

"What we are seeing with the Leader of the Opposition [Deb Frecklington] is a recipe for chaos and disaster," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"I think Queenslanders want stability. I think we learnt that during the last campaign. They don't want chaos."

Ahead of the 2015 election, Mr Newman struck an eerily similar tone as the LNP looked to hold onto power against the Palaszczuk-led opposition.

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"We've learned that Labor and the minor parties are doing preference swapping deals that would deliver a hung Parliament that would hang Queensland," Mr Newman said at the time.

"That is a recipe for economic chaos and it will hurt Queenslanders."

The 2015 election delivered a hung parliament, but Labor formed a minority government with the support of independent MP Peter Wellington.

Ms Frecklington announced yesterday that the LNP would preference Labor last in every seat.

Ms Palaszczuk declined to say how Labor would preference the LNP, but confirmed One Nation would be placed last on how-to-vote cards.

Despite early predictions of a tight race, ABC election analyst Antony Green said he believed Queenslanders would likely have a winner on the night of the election on October 31.

"The Electoral Commission is promising to count the pre-poll votes and postal votes, so unless it's an extremely close election, we'll know the result," Green told ABC Radio Brisbane today.

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Two leaders, two different messages

The campaign began in earnest this morning when Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey issued a proclamation to dissolve the 56th Parliament following a visit from Ms Palaszczuk at Government House.

Ms Palaszczuk made her first campaign stop at the Port of Brisbane, while Ms Frecklington was on the Gold Coast in the marginal LNP seat of Bonney, speaking at Gilmour Space Technologies in Helensvale.

The Opposition Leader announced an LNP government would partner with Gilmour to build a rocket-manufacturing plant in South-East Queensland for the addition of at least 150 "highly skilled" jobs.

"This election is all about who you trust with the Queensland economy and to create jobs," she said.

"Now the LNP has a bold, ambitious plan to create decades of jobs for Queenslanders, because your future is important to us and it is important that we get Queensland working again."

The two leaders sent out starkly different messages as they began their campaigns 75 kilometres apart.

Ms Frecklington spoke about the need to come up with solutions for "the biggest economic crisis Queensland has faced for almost a century".

Meanwhile, the Premier was warning about the need to avoid second and third waves of COVID-19 by "looking after Queenslanders and their families in the midst of global pandemic".

As Ms Palaszczuk seeks a third term in government — serving Queensland's first-ever four-year term — the latest YouGov Newspoll, commissioned by The Courier-Mail newspaper, showed Labor leading the LNP by 52 per cent to 48 per cent on a two-party-preferred basis.

It is a reversal of the numbers from the last YouGov poll in June.

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