Candidates to be finalised within weeks as election speculation mounts

Candidates to be finalised within weeks as election speculation mounts


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Labor, the LNP, Greens and One Nation are edging closer to ticking off all their candidates for the next election. Photo: Paul Harris

Labor, the LNP, Greens and One Nation are edging closer to ticking off all their candidates for the next election. Photo: Paul Harris

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With the next Qld election looming, the major parties expect to have all candidates ready to hit the campaign trail in weeks.

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Queensland's major parties should have candidates finalised and ready to hit the campaign trail within weeks as the state's pseudo election campaign ramps up.

Labor, the Liberal National Party and the Greens plan to run candidates in all 93 seats.

Labor and the LNP have a little more than a dozen seats left to finalise between them - particularly in electorates where the margins are not in their favour - and the remaining pre-selection processes should be completed within the next couple of weeks.

The Greens have all but finished their line-up, internally identifying all candidates and finishing the final tick-offs on a handful.

With the resignation of Labor member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne at the next election, the party will also need to fill his vacancy.

Queensland Teachers' Union organiser Dan Coxen has nominated for the central Queensland electorate, while Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow's name was suggested, although she had not officially nominated.

Labor state secretary Evan Moorhead said Rockhampton pre-selection nominations would close on October 18, with the vote to occur shortly after that.

In August, One Nation leader Pauline Hanson said the party believed Rockhampton was among the seats it could win.

One Nation announced it would not run candidates against Katter's Australian Party MPs Robbie Katter and Shane Knuth, Labor's Jo-Ann Miller and the LNP's Mark Robinson.

One Nation state leader Steve Dickson said the party had about 54 candidates pre-selected so far but more were being vetted and it would hit 60 in "no time".

"We've got a number of candidates and some new ones just coming on board," he said.

Queensland Greens convenor Andrew Bartlett said the party would be running candidates in all 93 seats.

"We have people identified and in place to be ready to go if it (the election) was announced tomorrow," he said.

Labor's introduction of compulsory preferential voting - aimed at taking advantage of Greens preferences - could backfire given the re-emergence of another minor party, One Nation, assuming its voters direct preferences to the LNP.

But Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk declined to support the case for a return to optional preferential voting, where parties could urge constituents to "just vote one".

"No, the Parliament has made that decision," Ms Palaszczuk said.

This is the last time Queenslanders can guess when the premier will call an election, as four-year fixed terms will come into effect after the next poll.

The Queensland election is due early next year but must be held by May.

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