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Australia Palaszczuk’s popularity and performance could see Labor defy mood for change

13:05  30 october  2020
13:05  30 october  2020 Source:   crikey.com.au

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  Annastacia Palaszczuk's rival vows to enforce a youth curfew Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington are on the hustings in Townsville on Wednesday. Ms Frecklington unveiled her major law and order plan to fight crime, which involves trialling a curfew of 8pm in Cairns and Townsville for youths aged 14 and younger and 10pm for youths aged 15-17. Under the scheme, parents will be slapped with a $250 fine per child found on the streets without a reasonable excuse during curfew hours.

Annastacia Palaszczuk and Deb Frecklington stick to slogans and talking points for much of the people' s forum leadership debate, highlighting For COVID-safe reasons, Annastacia Palaszczuk and Deb Frecklington bumped elbows instead of shaking hands at the election people' s summit.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has won the first leaders' debate after defending her state border closures and attacking the Liberal National Party over election costings. Undecided voters in the audience said Ms Palaszczuk was the 'clear winner' at Wednesday' s People' s Forum, according to

If the polls and betting markets are correct and Labor pulls off a narrow win in Queensland tomorrow, the election will be recalled as one in which the actual campaign period made a difference.

Annastacia Palaszczuk talking on a cell phone © Provided by Crikey

The state’s voters have looked ready to trade in their government for most of the past term, a situation that was not fundamentally transformed by its success in containing COVID-19.

Like every other incumbent around the country, Annastacia Palaszczuk has enjoyed booming personal ratings throughout this year, but the polls suggested this was a largely voteless recovery, with the Liberal National Party opposition maintaining a modest but persistent advantage.

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Annastacia Palaszczuk REFUSES to announce Queensland border reopening until just hours before Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk plans to announce border policy on election eve Former Labor premier Peter Beattie has criticised her hard border control stance Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has been widely criticised for keeping her state' s

Female voters keep Labor in front; Palaszczuk has broader appeal. Labor clawed its way back from a single-figure parliamentary contingent However, on the question of individual leader popularity , there were north Queensland-strength rays of daylight between Palaszczuk and LNP rival and perennial

However, the campaign process seems to have raised the salience of leadership evaluations to the clear advantage of Palaszczuk, who has come a long way as a media performer since she emerged as Labor’s only plausible contender out of the seven members who survived the 2012 election debacle.

Annastacia Palaszczuk, Deb Frecklington MP are posing for a picture © Provided by Crikey

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Her opposite number, Deb Frecklington, is markedly less polished in front of the cameras, and ran a distant second in the audience straw poll that followed Wednesday’s televised leaders debate.

Frecklington has also been forced on to dangerous turf in her pursuit of product differentiation strategies on COVID-19, in common with opposition leaders elsewhere.

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Ms Palaszczuk ' s refusal to open the border goes against the advice of federal health experts and despite the pleas of NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian. It has earned her comparisons to fellow Labor premier Daniel Andrews, who is accused of holding back the economy by relaxing rules too slowly in


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As such, Clive Palmer has probably done her more harm than good by once again dominating the advertising space with his loud anti-Labor attack ads, in which a call for open borders has shared equal billing with a made-up claim about Labor plans to introduce a death tax.

Frecklington was also done a disservice by Gladys Berejiklian, who asserted on Wednesday that she would have opened the border with New South Wales “months ago” had she been in government.

Reflecting a dynamic that has also been evident in the US presidential race, COVID-19 appears to have driven traditionally conservative older voters to the left, giving Labor an opportunity to poach seats on the traditionally difficult terrain of the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.

For all that though, Labor strategists are being kept awake at night by the path to victory that remains open to the LNP in the same parts of the state that savaged Labor at the federal election.

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The Today host was interviewing Ms Palaszczuk on Friday morning, as Queensland prepared to open up to the rest of the country - except Victoria - at midday. Melbourne is battling a second wave of COVID-19 cases and Victorians will remain locked out of Queensland for the foreseeable future.

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When the federal seats of central and northern Queensland recorded swings upwards of 10% last year, the effect was certainly demoralising for Labor, but the impact was limited by the fact that there had only been one seat there for them to lose — the Townsville-based seat of Herbert, which the party gained by a paper-thin margin in 2016.

At the state level though, the region is so richly endowed with Labor marginals that a locally concentrated swing could deliver the LNP victory even if it loses the statewide two-party vote, as the latest polls suggest.

All six of the seats that cover Townsville and Cairns are held by Labor, but only one of them has a margin of more than 4.1%, and three are held by less than 2%.

Both cities are struggling economically, with Cairns having been hit hard by the COVID-related tourism downturn, and the LNP may have found the mark with its racially inflected policy to impose curfews on local children and teenagers.

The LNP also stands to benefit from a collapse in support for One Nation, whose voters appear to have recovered their enthusiasm for the LNP after it exchanged Tim Nicholls, the city-based member who led the party to defeat in 2017, for the regionally based Frecklington.

Conversely, the growing threat to Labor from the Greens in the inner-city could cost them not only South Brisbane, where Jackie Trad is struggling to hang on after being forced to resign as deputy premier and treasurer in May, but also the central business district seat of McConnel, potentially giving them a cross-bench presence of three in a state where they had never won a seat before 2017.

Given the ongoing challenges Labor faces in Adani country, the prospect of clinging to power in a minority government propped up by the Greens is so uninviting that it might almost be better off with a clean defeat.

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Palaszczuk ignored text from Berejiklian 'about reopening border' .
Gladys Berejiklian tried to contact Annastaszczuk Palaszczuk Sunday morning to congratulate her on the Queensland election to try to have 'that conversation' about the border.Gladys Berejiklian said she tried to contact Ms Palaszczuk Sunday morning to congratulate her on the Queensland election and to try to have 'that conversation' about the border.

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