Queensland has entered election mode more than a year out from polling day after the state government and opposition launched major campaign pitches.
Australia’s longest-serving sitting premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will seek a fourth term when voters head to the polls on October 26 next year.
Palaszczuk has touted her government’s agenda and appealed to voters in a campaign-style, taxpayer-funded video uploaded the same day Opposition Leader David Crisafulli unveiled the LNP’s Right Priorities brochure.
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“We are building a better Queensland — one the world is only just discovering,” she said in the video.
“Let’s keep going, as our best days are still ahead of us.”
One of the last COVID-era leaders still in office along with ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr, Palaszczuk posted the video after hosing down recent leadership speculation in the wake of a string of negative polls.
Crisafulli, who took over as LNP leader almost three years ago, said Queenslanders were desperate for change and had identified safer communities, easier access to health care and secure housing as priorities.
Flagging home ownership as a pillar of his party’s campaign, Crisafulli said shadow treasurer, trade and investment spokesman David Janetzki would become the state’s first minister for home ownership if the LNP won office.
“The great Australian dream of owning a home has become an unattainable nightmare for too many Queenslanders — and we must end that,” Crisafulli said as he launched the blueprint.
Palaszczuk said the opposition blueprint had the “wrong priorities”.
“What we know very clearly is that they will cut and sack and sell,” she said on Monday.
“There is no mention there about supporting our Queensland energy and jobs plan.
“There is no commitment to keeping our electricity assets in public hands.
“There is no commitment to keeping those cost of living rebates to Queenslanders.”
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