Some things you need to know about tomorrow’s state election

Yesterday I went to the first Rural Press Club meeting for the year. It was a special January meeting that was called after Premier Campbell Newman called a snap election to be held tomorrow (Saturday, 30th Jan).

It was a very interesting meeting and I Tweeted about some of my key takeouts which can be seen throughout.

The first of these is that there’s a high chance the seats of Toowoomba North and Condamine will retain their seats with the LNP. The seat of Toowoomba North has always been hotly contested. It is currently held by the LNP’s Trevor Watts; however, it was only won from the popular Kerry Shine back in the 2012 election.

Kerry Shine and Trevor Watts will go head-to-head at tomorrow's state election

Kerry Shine and Trevor Watts will go head-to-head at tomorrow’s state election. (Source: Toowoomba Chronicle).

Political scientist, Dr Paul Williams from Griffith University says although Kerry Shine is quite popular, Trevor Watts and the LNP is expected to keep its seat.   Another interesting point I took out was that the Lockyer Valley seat has a large number of candidates. But the standouts in hot competition are Ian Rickuss from the LNP, and Pauline Hanson from the One Nation Party. Pauline Hanson has always been a controversial figure in the political world; however, it seems only time will tell just how popular Ms Hanson actually is. You can watch this story about her running for parliament on the WIN News Facebook page: Post by WIN News Toowoomba.

Another takeout is that agriculture has not been huge on and agenda for any of the political parties. The Labor Party said they want to reintroduce archaic vegetations laws, and Charles Burke from AgForce says that’s very alarming for the people they represent.

Agforce bosses Ian Burnett and Charles Burke with agricultural minister John McVeigh, concerned about Labor's stance on vegetation legislation.

Agforce bosses Ian Burnett and Charles Burke with agricultural minister John McVeigh, concerned about Labor’s stance on vegetation legislation.

Agriculture hasn’t been on the LNP’s agenda either, with its primary concern being Campbell Newman’s future within the party. A lot of the campaign focus has been on metropolitan areas and spending money on things in the city. But Dr Williams says it’s the regional vote that will get the LNP across the line, in key seats like The Lockyer Valley and Condamine.

Finally, the most interesting point was that current health minister Lawrence Springborg is the most likely person to take over as premier is Mr Newman is not selected for the seat of Ashgrove.

Health minister Lawrence Springborg is expected to take the job as Premier if Campbell Newman isn't re-elected in his seat of Ashgrove. (Source: ABC)

Health minister Lawrence Springborg is expected to take the job as Premier if Campbell Newman isn’t re-elected in his seat of Ashgrove.
(Source: ABC)

Mr Springborg has previously dismissed rumours that he is set to take the top stop; however, Mr Williams believes that the new support from Santo Santoro means Springborg is the most likely candidate.

It’s interesting times ahead, but the election is tomorrow and it’s important that people enrol to have their say in who will be leading the state for the next three years.

– Annabelle Amos

(Any opinions expressed here are my own views, and not those of my employer).

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