Queensland state election shorts: January 30, 2012

Monday, January 30, 2012

A compilation of brief news reports relating to the 2012 Queensland, Australia state election.

If you believe any of these stories deserves more in-depth coverage, feel free to write a full article on the issues raised.

DISCLOSURE: This article's primary contributor, Patrick Gillett, is a member of the Queensland Greens, one of the parties contesting this election.

Clean sweep in north: Katter

Its founder claims Katter's Australian Party will make a clean sweep of seats in the far north of Queensland. "We've seen enough in-depth polling to believe that that is not an unreasonable expectation," Bob Katter told reporters in Cairns.

The federal Member of Parliament indicated that the party was not "not all that interested in talking about preferences."

Sunshine Coast Greens launch campaign

The various Sunshine Coast branches of the Queensland Greens collectively launched their candidates on Friday. Larissa Waters, Queensland Greens senator in the federal parliament; and Adam Stone, Greens candidate for Mt. Coot-tha, were guest speakers.

Candidate for Kawana Gabrielle Roberts with Larissa Waters.
Video: Patrick Gillett.

Candidate for Mt. Coot-tha talks to fellow Greens members.
Video: Patrick Gillett.

The candidates with Larissa Waters.
Video: Patrick Gillett.

Candidate for Nicklin John Law talks to a fellow branch member.
Video: Patrick Gillett.

The candidates meet with Larissa Waters.
Video: Patrick Gillett.
Candidate for Maroochydore Rainee Skinner with Senator Larissa Waters.
Image: Patrick Gillett.

Give bush pollie's a go: Member for Gregory

The current Member for Gregory has objected that the front bench of the Liberal National Party (LNP) lacks regional Members of Parliament. Vaughan Johnson asserted that "it doesn't all happen in the southeast corner".

LNP leader Campbell Newman acknowledged the sentiment saying, "Regional Queensland ... must be represented [in cabinet]."