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Queensland’s local government elections going ahead despite coronavirus concerns

As the state and federal governments announce more measures and restrictions to deal with the COVID-19 public health crisis, Queensland’s electoral commission is pressing ahead with the 28 March local government elections amid a suite of adaptations to facilitate voting safely.

Below are several links to articles addressing election issues, including for two state by-elections being held concurrently, and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus’ effect on Queensland’s election results sends warning to Deb Frecklington and Jackie Trad

The ABC’s Matt Wordsworth comments on the outcomes of the local council elections and state by-elections held on Saturday 28 March, speculating on what the results might mean for the Queensland election later this year.

‘The results of the local government elections and two state by-elections have sent a warning shot to some of the biggest names in state politics – the Opposition Leader and the Deputy Premier – as the community reacts to the historic and existential threat of the coronavirus pandemic.

‘There are little more than 200 days until Queensland goes to the polls again on October 31 for the state election and judging by the weekend’s results, the mood in the electorate seems to be one of extreme caution in changing leaders.

‘… The revolving door in Canberra has proved to be an electoral turn-off and if the weekend’s local government elections are a guide, perhaps people are less willing to change horses during what is an unprecedented time of global turmoil.’

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