Premier Campbell Newman will head to Government House this morning to ask the acting Governor to issue writs for a state election.
UPDATE: Yep, it’s official — Campbell Newman has confirmed we’re going to the polls on Saturday January 31. The electoral rolls will close this Saturday January 10, so if you need to enroll to vote (or change your enrollment details), don’t delay. Bring on that sausage sizzle…
EARLIER: Queenslanders could be going to the polls as early as January 31, almost two months earlier than expected.
While on his morning run, Mr Newman told Channel Nine that he would announce the election date today.
“You’ll have to wait a couple of hours, but yes it will be announced today,” said Mr Newman, who returned from holidays today.
“I will be talking later on to the Acting Governor, I will be making a recommendation to his excellency.”
Mr Newman then confirmed the news — and started campaigning — on his Facebook page, telling his followers that the state’s economic recovery is “too important to be jeopardised by ongoing election speculation”.
The Liberal National Party (LNP) will be seeking a second term in office after three controversial years in power. The party is neck and neck in the polls with Labor.
Mr Newman will face a serious challenge to keep his own seat of Ashgrove, where he will come up against former Labor MP Kate Jones.
More updates to follow.