The state election campaign is officially underway with the Parliament of Queensland formally dissolved on Tuesday morning ahead of the October 31 poll.
Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey issued a proclamation to dissolve the 56th parliament following a visit from Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk at Government House.
“This morning I received the Premier, with the Deputy Premier present, and issued a proclamation to dissolve the Legislative Assembly,” Governor de Jersey wrote on Twitter.
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“Following an Executive Council meeting, I also issued the writ for the election of 93 members for 31 October 2020.”
It marks the official start of what has already been a heated campaign, with LNP leader Deb Frecklington accusing Ms Palaszczuk of politicising the COVID-19 pandemic during a live TV interview on Tuesday.
“We saw the horrific case of Sarah who was unable to go to her father’s funeral and it was really politicised,” she told Sunrise.
“I think the fact that the Premier has used COVID to politicise or the borders to politicise so I would have asked for a little bit more compassion and a fair bit more common sense when it came to some of those decisions,” she said.
Ms Palaszczuk issued a statement following her meeting with the Governor, asking Queensland for its support to finish the state’s post-COVID recovery.
“This year has been like no other,” the Premier said.
“I have made hard decisions, tough decisions but they were all about putting lives first and keeping Queensland safe.”
She said the last thing Queensland needs is to go backwards in the way that other states and countries have.
“We want the economy to rebound, not the virus,” the Premier said.
“Queenslanders have sacrificed so much and done such a good job and containing the virus it would be a shame to risk all that good work now.”