Queensland in caretaker mode: election on Jan 31

A Queensland election has been called for January 31, with Premier Campbell Newman attempting to win a second term despite big polling swings to Labor.

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman will face voters on January 31, after a controversial first term that saw thousands of public servants sacked and promises to privatise more government assets.

The Queensland election didn’t need to be called until March, but Newman (pictured) said this morning the state’s economic recovery is “too important to be jeopardised by ongoing election speculation”.

“There’s no time to waste securing Queensland’s economic future with our strong plan for job creation,” he said on Facebook. After visiting Government House Newman addressed the media, saying cutting short his term would create business certainty.

But it’s polling that had a greater impact on the timing, with support deteriorating for the government. A weekend Newspoll had the parties locked at 50-50 on a two-party preferred basis, with Newman’s Liberal-National Party government just one point ahead of Labor on primary support.

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