UPDATE 12:15 PM | IT’S ON – Queenslanders will head to the polls in a state election in just 27 days.
Acting Governor Justice Catherine Holmes granted Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s request to dissolve parliament at Government House on Sunday morning.
Speaking to a rally of cheerful supporters after the meeting, the Premier said she had called the election for November 25 to give “business and industry the certainty they need as we approach 2018”.
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“On Saturday, 25 November Queenslanders will decide who they trust to work for them and our great state,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“I am asking Queenslanders for their support so my government can continue the job that we have started together.
“We have achieved so much. We have delivered 505 of the 535 promises we made to Queenslanders at the last election.
“There is so much more we can do together. Queensland’s best days are ahead of us.
“The choice facing Queenslanders is simple: A stable labor government with a solid record and a clear plan focused on Queensland’s future, or a cobbled-together LNP one-nation government that will cut frontline services, sack frontline staff and sell our electricity assets.”
The Premier’s speech was interrupted briefly by two people who stormed the stage, protesting against the Adani Coal Mine.
They were swiftly removed by security, however, to a cheerful applause from the audience.
UPDATE 11:00 AM | QUEENSLAND Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has arrived at Government House.
Ms Palaszczuk will ask the Acting Governor to dissolve the 55th Parliament so she can call a snap state election.
The Premier said she will be asking Queenslanders to “renew their trust in Government”.
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FIRST at 10:00 AM | QUEENSLAND Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is on her way to Government House to ask the Acting Governor to dissolve the 55th Parliament, paving the way for a snap state election.
The Premier is scheduled to meet with the Acting Governor at 10.30am, after visiting her grandmother as promised.
It’s expected she will call an early election for Saturday, November 25, three months before the end of her first term.
Mr Palaszczuk tried squashing speculation of today’s Government House visit on Friday by telling reporters the only meeting she had scheduled on Sunday was one with her grandmother.
But, after delivering her grandmother a beautiful bunch of flowers on Sunday morning, the Premier took to Instagram, confirming she was on her way to Government House.
“I’m on my way to Government House, to ask Queenslanders to renew their trust in government,” the Premier said.
“Queensland’s best days are ahead of us and we’re at our best when we all work together. #puttingqldersfirst”
It’s understood the expulsion of Pumicestone MP Rick Williams on Friday and the ill health of former Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne forced Ms Palaszczuk to bring the election forward.
From here on, future election date’s will be fixed to the last Saturday in October, following the successful referendum to create fixed four-year political terms in March.
Labor took power from the LNP in January 2015 after securing 44 seats in the 89-seat parliament.