No new virus cases in Qld as leaders launch election campaigns

Queensland has recorded another day of no new cases of coronavirus.

There are just four cases still considered active in the state, including one in hotel quarantine on the Gold Coast.

It comes as Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington today officially launched their campaigns for this month’s Queensland election.


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Voters will head to the polls on October 31, with pre-polling booths swinging open their doors across the state tomorrow.

Labor’s campaign launch was this morning held at the Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre in Beenleigh, where Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said her party’s plan was to come out of the coronavirus pandemic “stronger and fairer”.

“This election is a choice between the stability of a Labor Government that has made the tough decisions and the right calls in hard times,” she said.

“Or the chaos of an unproven, untrustworthy opposition who have been wrong every time it’s mattered.

“Your vote, your choice for Queensland”.

Ms Palaszczuk also revealed that if she were re-elected into Government, Labor would invest $171 million into palliative care and introduce legislation for voluntary assisted dying.

“I believe individuals and families should be empowered to consider all the options available in consultation with their medical professionals,” she said.

“That’s why today I can commit that the government I lead will introduce legislation in February next year to provide for the legalisation of voluntary assisted dying.”

The Premier also vowed to make TAFE qualifications and apprenticeships free for all Queenslanders under the age of 25, and pledged to employ more than 6,100 new teachers and 1,100 new teacher aides.

Meanwhile, speaking from the LNP’s campaign launch in Brisbane, leader Deb Frecklington spruiked her party’s “bold and ambitious plan” to lead Queensland out of the economic recession.

“We have a vision for the future,” Ms Frecklington said.

“That vision is to make Queensland the economic powerhouse of Australia once again … the best place to get a job … get ahead … and raise a family.”

Ms Frecklington said the plan was based on four foundations, including investing for growth, unleashing Queensland industry, supercharging the regions and securing children’s future.

“The LNP’s economic plan is clear and it is fully costed,” she said.

“The LNP’s economic plan will create 150,000 jobs for our state… We will get Queensland working again and we will move fast.”

The opposition leader also touched on her party’s commitment to roads, dams, resources, manufacturing, defence, health and education, while also confirming there would be “no new taxes under an LNP Government.”

“Queensland’s past economic success was built on being a low-tax state,” Ms Frecklington said.

“That is my vision for Queensland… The LNP’s no-new-tax guarantee will help our economy grow again.

“This election is a choice between the LNP’s economic plan … and Labor’s economic failure,” she concluded.

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