Townsville Voices, Annastacia Palaszczuk and Deb Frecklington News

Townsville Voices, Annastacia Palaszczuk and Deb Frecklington News
Townsville Voices, Annastacia Palaszczuk and Deb Frecklington News

As October 31 approaches, Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk and opposition leader Deb Frecklington are fighting again today in North Queensland – the one town that could be the “deciding factor” in next weekend’s state elections.

Both Ms. Palaszczuk and Ms. Frecklington are fighting for the extremely marginal Townsville seat – held by ALP with a majority of 0.4 percent, with just 214 votes being the deciding factor in the 2017 election.

The ALP is also striving to keep the neighboring seats of Thuringia with 4.1 percent and Mundingburra with 1.1 percent.

The three seats are widely recognized as key voters in deciding which party will form government after the Queenslanders cast their vote next Saturday. Griffith University political scientist Paul Williams said they could “make the choice.”

“The three Townsville seats are critical because they are so often marginal – two are very marginal this time – and because they are sensitive to the economic downturn,” said Dr. Williams opposite news.com.au.

“They’re also indicative of regional policy in general: if a government does badly in Townsville, it is unlikely that things will do well elsewhere in the regions.”

Dr. Williams said the seats have been “volatile” since 1998, with “large numbers of voters leaving the major parties for One Nation, and more recently the Katter’s Australian Party and some votes for the United Australia Party”.

“This makes preferences in these seats critical,” he explained.

“Any party that wants to form a government in Queensland should win Townsville for itself.”

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The latest YouGov poll, published in the The courier mailon October 5th and The Australians Last weekend’s Newspoll poll put the ALP at 52-48 on a two-party preferred basis.

However, if the LNP pinches all three fringe squares, the Labor Party risks losing the hopes of a majority government. The preferences for Clive Palmer’s UAP in Townsville and the neighboring Thuringia headquarters could help improve the balance on the LNP, as $ 2.1 million in donations have been raised since early August.

However, an opposition MP told ABC that an LNP majority government was “a big issue,” and Deputy Prime Minister Steven Miles told reporters yesterday that the “campaign is between us – a Palaszczuk Labor government by a united majority – and Deb Frecklington and all the freaks and crazy people she wants to elect and rule in the minority government ”.

“Look who favors Deb Frecklington over Labor – the Greens, a nation, Clive Palmer – the only line they drew was against Vaxxer,” Miles said.

The Labor Preferential Strategy seemed to deliver a simple and consistent message, but a number of party members tarnished the waters after being seen actively campaigning for voters to favor the Liberal National Party last.

This enabled senior LNP Senator Matt Canavan to step in and question Mr. Miles. He said the deputy prime minister has “as much clout as a pensioner”.

“It is quite disappointing that it is so inconsistent,” said Mr Canavan this Wednesday morning. “He seems so insecure and then you have his own candidates out there who contradict him.

“The same day he said this, Labor candidates run around and say, ‘Put the LNP last.’ The Labor Party has lost all credibility on this issue. Their rhetoric is completely empty because they were caught red-handed saying one thing but doing exactly the opposite. ”

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WHAT EACH PARTY has promised so far

Crime and tourism are the main themes of Townsville – none of which have been a major focus in the announcements made by the two heads of state and government during their campaigns to date.

However, Ms. Frecklington announced this morning that the LNP will be imposing a curfew in both Townsville and Cairns to combat juvenile delinquency.

“We have to make sure this community is safe,” she told reporters this morning.

“There is no plan under Labor to fight crime … business as usual will not make it. If you are on the street and do the wrong thing, you will be taken off the street. ”

According to the plan, children under the age of 14 will be picked up by the police if they are out after 8 p.m. and children between 15 and 17 years of age who are not off the road by 10 p.m. Parents are fined $ 250 if their children cannot provide a reasonable excuse for why they are no longer there after these hours.

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The Prime Minister said Ms. Frecklington’s statement on how the curfew would be put into practice “doesn’t cut the mustard” but refused to comment on whether she believes it is a humane approach to fighting crime.

Instead, Ms. Palaszczuk told reporters today that the main problem in the region is unemployment.

“The main problem here is jobs,” she said, drawing on the ALP’s plan to increase the number of law enforcement officers to fight crime in North Queensland.

“We made the largest police investment up here that has ever been made in Queensland.”

Mit NCA NewsWire

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