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Federal election 2016: Central Queensland emerges as campaign ground zero

Cameron Atfield and Tony Moore report in the Brisbane Times (30.6.16) on the election focus falling on seats in central and southeast Queensland in the campaign’s last days.

‘The central Queensland coast has emerged as the state’s key election battleground, as both major parties turn their attention to Rockhampton, Gladstone and Mackay.

‘But the mood within the Labor camp has turned from optimistic to cautious in the final week of the campaign, as a decline in the party’s vote took hold in marginal Queensland electorates.

‘The Liberal National Party, on the other hand, remained hopeful they could prevent any losses in the sunshine state, although party sources conceded they held fears for central Queensland.

‘… When it came to the south-east, however, there were differing opinions.’

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