A new poll shows Annastacia Palaszczuk’s Labor government will struggle to retain power at the upcoming Queensland election.
Palaszczuk’s personal popularity has also taken a hit, with the Reachtel poll having her deadlocked with the opposition leader, Tim Nicholls, as preferred premier.
The Reachtel poll of 4000 voters, commissioned by Sky News, shows the Liberal National party leads the ALP 52% to 48% on a two-party-preferred basis.
But the primary vote for both parties has plunged, with Labor at 32.1% from 37.5% at the 2015 state election, and the LNP going from 41.3% to 30.6%, the Sunday Mail reported.
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party is mainly responsible for the change in the LNP’s vote. It is polling 18.1%, putting it in a position to make a return to the Queensland parliament.
The Queensland premier is due back from annual leave this week and had been tipped to call the state election soon.
It is due early next year but is widely expected to be called for late October or early November.
Shan Ju Lin, a candidate dumped by One Nation for homophobic comments, has announced she will stand as an independent against the controversial Labor MP Jo-Ann Miller in the election.
Ju Lin was disendorsed by the party for several homophobic comments on social media, including that gay people should be treated as mental patients.
One Nation will not stand a candidate in the Ipswich seat but said it would welcome Miller into the party if she chose to defect.
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