Queensland’s opposition leader says her party still has a tough battle ahead of the next election as the LNP’s support slips away.
Queensland’s opposition leader says she’s not taking anything for granted despite new hope Labor could win the next election.
As the battle for the seat of Stafford heats up, a new poll suggests the premier and more than half his MPs could lose their own seats at next year’s election.
However Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said her party faced a difficult battle with just eight sitting MPs.
“I’m not taking anything for granted here,” she told reporters while campaigning alongside Labor’s Stafford candidate Anthony Lynham on Sunday.
“This is a very, very tough battle we are in. We have eight members and I need Dr Lynham here to be our ninth member.”
“…My focus is on bringing Queensland together where we can restore integrity and accountability back into our Queensland government.”
A ReachTEL poll of almost 1900 voters indicated up to 40 of the Liberal National Party’s 73 sitting members – including Premier Campbell Newman – could be voted out at the next election.
When asked to choose between the two main parties, 51 per cent of those polled said they would vote LNP while 49 per cent chose Labor.
The result suggested an 11.8 per cent swing against the government, which would mean Labor winning 40 LNP seats, and possibly office.
Ms Palaszczuk wouldn’t say whether she would engage in preference deals with Clive Palmer, whose popularity in Queensland looks to be on the rise, according to the ReachTEL poll.
A total of 15.4 per cent of those surveyed said they would vote for the Palmer United Party.
Meanwhile Premier Campbell Newman conceded his government had had “some fights” since it was elected but defended his “strong leadership” in times of adversity.
“I’m the guy who got us through the Brisbane floods, The Gap storms in 2008 (and) made sure that the people of Bundaberg were looked after,” he told reporters.
Speaking at the campaign launch for his Stafford candidate Bob Andersen, Mr Newman said health outcomes and Queensland’s economy had improved under his government.
At his campaign launch psychologist Dr Andersen, who has vowed to resign his public service position if elected, accused his opponent of intending to be a “part-time representative” for not doing to same.
Maxillofacial surgeon Dr Lynham replied that he would work to maintain his medical registration in his own time.
“I’ll be a fulltime MP but like every doctor that’s gone before me…you have to maintain your medical registration,” he told reporters.
The Stafford by-election will be held on July 19.