In The Conversation (9.1.15) Associate Professor Doug Hunt, who lectures in politics at James Cook University, discusses the election issues in north Queensland. ‘Overall, south-east Queensland looks likely to produce the biggest anti-government swings and the greatest number of seats changing hands at the January 31 poll.
But the importance of the north in this campaign is already obvious. The day after the election was called, Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk flew north to spend much of the day in Cairns, followed by Townsville on Thursday. Labor clearly hopes to pick up seats in both regional cities; other areas in the region pose a more formidable challenge.’