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Tropic Now guide: Everything you need to know about the 2020 Queensland election


UPDATE 19/10/2020: Pre-polling opened today, and the booths are already packed with keen Cairns voters.

Cairns MP Michael Healy and LNP candidate Sam Marino were both at the Showgrounds this morning to spruik their party's key pledges and promises. 

Pre-polling is open every day (except Sunday) ahead of the election day on Saturday October 31. Find all of the pre-polling information you need to know below.    

EARLIER 16/10/2020: Labor is in the box seat to win the Queensland election on October 31 - at least according to the online bookies.

Long viewed as the most accurate predictor of elections with a higher success rate than traditional polling, online bookmakers have now shortened Labor's odds to win.

When the election was called on October 6, SportsBet ranked the two major parties neck-and-neck with the Labor Party just ahead at $1.85 compared to the LNP at $1.90.

But two weeks into the campaign, Labor's odds have shortened to $1.50 compared to the LNP on $2.50.

On rival betting site TAB, Labor's chances are even rosier with $1.40 odds compared ot the LNP on $2.80.

In Cairns, Labor incumbent Michael Healy is slightly ahead while his colleague in Barron River Craig Crawford is trailling the LNP's Linda Cooper.

The LNP needs a net gain of 9 seats across the state to form a majority government, with Barron River and Cairns considered critical to the party’s chances.

Stay tuned to TropicNow.com.au for daily coverage of the election campaign, and scroll down for our comprehensive wrap-up of the key policies, promises and projects from both major parties as they happen.


 


QLD 2020 ELECTION

Key information

Bookmark this page for regular updates on the key policies, projects and promises from the parties leading up to polling day on October 31.


PRE-POLLING

Early voting will be available from Monday 19 October until Friday, 30 October 2020.

In Barron River,you can cast your vote from 19 October at 7 Mount Koolmoon St Smithfield.

In Cairns, you can cast your vote from 19 October at the De Jarlais Function Centre at Cairns Show Grounds. 

POSTAL VOTES

You can ask your local MP or candidate for a postal vote application, or visit the ECQ site here to apply.

BETTING ODDS

SportsBet: Labor $1.50 | LNP $2.50

TAB: Labor $1.40 | LNP $2.80


INFRASTRUCTURE

PARTY: Labor

PROJECT: Anderson and English streets upgrade

FUNDING AMOUNT: $1.3 million

THEY SAID: “This is a great announcement for our motorists, all part of the Palaszczuk Labor Government's commitment to continue to create jobs and invest in better roads for Cairns as part of Queensland's plan for economic recovery,” said Cairns Member Michael Healy.

 

PARTY: LNP

PROJECT: New bike path between Brinsmead and Freshwater

FUNDING AMOUNT: $1.2 million

THEY SAID: “This shovel-ready project will create local jobs during construction and is the missing link between the Cairns CBD and Redlynch,” said Cairns candidate Sam Marino.

 

PARTY: Labor

PROJECT: Half Moon Groyne

WHAT WILL IT DELIVER: A new rock wall at Half Moon Creek

FUNDING AMOUNT: $1 million

THEY SAID: “I’ve always said Barron River is the best place in the world for boaties and people who love the water, and I’ll always fight to make sure we get the upgrades and jobs that make the most of it,” said Barron River Member Craig Crawford. 

 

PARTY: LNP

PROJECT: Bruce Highway upgrades

WHAT WILL IT DELIVER: A four-lane Bruce Highway from Gympie to Cairns by 2035

FUNDING AMOUNT: A $50m investment plan and a $33bn state-federal funding partnership

THEY SAID: “This visionary project will create 100,000 jobs, help keep people safe, boost productivity, improve tourism and keep communities connected,” said LNP candidate Sam Marino. 

 

PARTY: Labor

PROJECT: Smithfield Bypass

WHAT WILL IT DELIVER: Bypass route continuity on the Captain Cook Highway between McGregor Road roundabout and Caravonica roundabout.

FUNDING AMOUNT: $164 million

THEY SAID: “It’s projects like the Smithfield Bypass that have continued to provide vital local jobs through the pandemic and it’s great to see workers already clocking up more than 150,000 hours getting this project off the ground,” said MP Craig Crawford. 

 

PARTY: Labor

PROJECT: Cairns Marine Precinct 

WHAT WILL IT DELIVER: An 80-metre wharf and a 100-metre wharf

FUNDING AMOUNT: $30 million

THEY SAID: “This will support at least 150 jobs in the construction phase alone. It’s all part of our Far North Queensland Regional Recovery Action Plan, which is creating job security, business confidence and happier, healthier communities,” said MP Michael Healy.

 

PARTY: LNP

PROJECT: New marine syncrolift at BSE Maritime Solutions 

WHAT WILL IT DELIVER: 6000 local manufacturing jobs

FUNDING AMOUNT: $20 million

THEY SAID: “Defence is about to boom and the LNP’s investment will ensure the Far North gets its fair share of the new jobs that the Morrison Federal Government is creating. This $20m ship-lift will give Cairns the pulling power to land navy and civilian maintenance work which will secure 6000 local manufacturing jobs and create many more,” said Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington. 


ENVIRONMENT

PARTY: Labor

PROJECT: Cassowary Conservation Management Plan

WHAT WILL IT DELIVER: Reassess speed limits in habitat areas, establish dedicated liaison team, deliver more signage and line marking 

FUNDING AMOUNT: $100,000

THEY SAID: "The LNP under Campbell Newman and his Assistant Minister Deb Frecklington tore up Labor’s vegetation management laws in 2013 and habitat loss quadrupled," said Member for Barron River Craig Crawford.

 

PARTY: Labor

PROJECT: Queensland Protected Area Strategy

WHAT WILL IT DELIVER: 100 new Indigenous Land and Sea Rangers, more national parks, more support for nature refuges

FUNDING AMOUNT: $60 million

THEY SAID: "We just can't risk this $60 million investment being cut by a chaotic LNP/One Nation/Palmer government who would repeal our tree clearing laws and bring back broad scale land clearing," said MP Michael Healy.

 

PARTY: Labor

PROJECT: New wind farm near Ravenshoe

WHAT IT WILL DELIVER: Once operational, the wind farm will generate enough energy to power around 95,900 Queensland homes.

THEY SAID: “We're on track for 50% renewable energy by 2030 … this 157 MW wind farm will mean 150 construction jobs as well as revenue for local farmers hosting the turbines,” said Member for Barron River Craig Crawford.


HEALTH

PARTY: LNP

WHAT IT WILL DELIVER: 

  • $20m towards the Cairns University Hospital (JCU) land acquisition and business case
  • $26m towards expanding and upgrading the Cairns Hospital Emergency Department
  • $2m to deliver a dedicated Kidney Transplant Unit in Cairns Hopsital
  • 4500 more nurses, doctors, paramedics and allied health workers across the state

THEY SAID: “The university hospital will catapult our health services into a new era, with patients able to get advanced treatments right here in Cairns,” said LNP candidate Sam Marino.

 

PARTY: Labor 

WHAT IT WILL DELIVER: 

  • $16.5 million towards the Cairns University Hospital (JCU) land acquisition and business case (bringing Labor's total commitment to $67.9 million)
  • $26.4 million to expand the Cairns Hospital emergency department
  • $11.5 million to establish a new Youth Rehabilitation Centre
  • 9,475 extra frontline health staff across the state

THEY SAID: “Not only will these upgrade projects deliver world-class health facilities for the region, but will support a further 150 construction jobs which is critical for our economic recovery,” said Member for Cairns Michael Healy.


EDUCATION

PARTY: Labor

PROJECT: Cairns TAFE

WHAT WILL IT DELIVER: An Advanced Manufacturing Hub and a Cyber Security Training Operations Centre 

FUNDING AMOUNT: $3.6 million and $2 million respectively

THEY SAID: "This investment is about getting more Queenslanders into work, particularly young people. I want young people growing up in Cairns to have access to world class training facilities to get them into rewarding careers," said MP Michael Healy. 

 

PARTY: LNP 

PROJECT: Support schools

WHAT IT WILL DELIVER: 

  • An additional 350 teachers and 760 teacher aides across Queensland 
  • A curriculum remodel to include a greater focus on English, Maths and Science
  • Introduce phonics screening for Year 1 students to boost literacy
  • Ensure there’s air-conditioning in every state school classroom

THEY SAID: “A strong education system means a strong economy, and more local and secure jobs in Barron River!” said LNP Barron River candidate Linda Cooper.
“Education is a key priority for the LNP …. our kids deserve a world-class education system no matter where they live,” said LNP Cairns candidate Sam Marino. 

 

PARTY: Labor

PROJECT: Trinity Beach State School and Redlynch State College upgrades

WHAT IT WILL DELIVER: New buildings and facilities

FUNDING AMOUNT: $10 million and $8.3 million respectively 


CRIME

PARTY: LNP

PROJECT: Bolster local police force

WHAT IT WILL DELIVER: 

  • 60 additional police officers in the region
  • Monitor youth offenders on bail at all times
  • Introduce mandatory detention for third convictions
  • Establish a Community Payback Farm to rehabilitate repeat offenders
  • Scrap youth bail houses

FUNDING AMOUNT: $20 million

THEY SAID: “I love this community but it’s being hijacked by these thugs who are given far too many chances under the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s soft on crime agenda,” said LNP candidate Linda Cooper.

 

PARTY: LNP

PROJECT: Bolster local police force

WHAT IT WILL DELIVER: 

  • 60 additional police officers in the region
  • Monitor youth offenders on bail at all times
  • Introduce mandatory detention for third convictions
  • Establish a Community Payback Farm to rehabilitate repeat offenders
  • Scrap youth bail houses

FUNDING AMOUNT: $20 million

THEY SAID: “I love this community but it’s being hijacked by these thugs who are given far too many chances under the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s soft on crime agenda,” said LNP candidate Linda Cooper.

 

PARTY: Labor

PROJECT: Increase statewide police force

WHAT IT WILL DELIVER:

  • An additional 2025 police personnel over the next five years
  • 150 located in each 'key' region, including Cairns 
  • An extra 50 positions in the Child Protection Investigation Unit

FUNDING AMOUNT: $624 million

THEY SAID: “There has never been such a big boost across Queensland, let alone for regional Queensland. It’s something that the regions have been saying to me that they want more police on the beat. And that’s exactly what my government is doing," said Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.


SPORT 

PARTY: LNP

PROJECT: Clifton Beach Tennis Club

WHAT IT WILL DELIVER: Courts resurfacing 

FUNDING AMOUNT: $150,000

THEY SAID: “The Clifton Beach Tennis Club have been extremely proactive in growing their club and it is genuinely a tennis club that is very community oriented. But some of the courts are extremely cracked and pitted, reducing their ability to train juniors and provide safe playing surfaces. Proud to support our community clubs – they are such an important part of what makes life great in the Barron” said LNP Barron River candidate Linda Cooper.

 

PARTY: Labor

PROJECT: Ellis Beach Surf Life Saving Club

WHAT IT WILL DELIVER: Courts resurfacing 

FUNDING AMOUNT: $1.5 million

THEY SAID: “I have been working closely with the club over the past few years to secure land on the beachside of the Captain Cook Highway so the nippers in particular, don't have to cross the busy road. This money will go towards sewerage and water services to make this happen.” said MP Craig Crawford.

 

PARTY: LNP

PROJECT: Trinity Beach Bulldogs Netball Club Inc.

WHAT IT WILL DELIVER: Four new courts 

FUNDING AMOUNT: $150,000

THEY SAID: The Trinity Beach Bulldogs Netball Club Inc. has grown quickly in a short period of time with 12 teams playing in the local comp. The problem is they have no courts. Literally! At the moment the club trains on courts in different locations, when they are available," said LNP Barron River candidate Linda Cooper.

 

PARTY: LNP

PROJECT: Stratford Dolphins Football Club

WHAT IT WILL DELIVER: Kitchen upgrades 

FUNDING AMOUNT: $26,000

THEY SAID: “It’s grassroots commitments like this that give local sporting clubs the chance to upgrade their facilities to cater for their members,” said LNP Barron River candidate Linda Cooper.


ARTS 

PARTY: Labor

PROJECT: Queensland Arts Showcase Program 

WHAT WILL IT DELIVER: Funding for 15 art and cultural projects in Queensland

FUNDING AMOUNT: $642,000

THEY SAID: “Queensland Arts Showcase Program grants are an integral part of our arts funding in QLD, that many organisations and artists rely on to keep producing incredible art,” said MP Michael Healy.


COMMUNITY 

PARTY: LNP

PROJECT: Tradie Boost scheme 

WHAT WILL IT DELIVER: Help FNQ tradies renovate local homes ahead of cyclone season

FUNDING AMOUNT: Grants of up to $15,000

THEY SAID: “A lot of people put off jobs like this because it’s a huge expense. This will give people the opportunity to make that decision and allow that money to flow through to local tradies, which in turn will keep construction jobs going," said Barron River candidate Linda Cooper.  

 

PARTY: LNP

PROJECT: Provide a community service obligation (CSO) to Ergon Energy’s distribution business, to reduce the cost of energy distribution across regional Queensland. 

WHAT WILL IT DELIVER: Reduce power bills by around $300/year

THEY SAID: “Ergon retail has an effective monopoly in regional areas, which is expensive for taxpayers and a barrier to retail competition. Providing retail competition to the regions would ensure that all Queenslanders are given an opportunity to reduce their skyrocketing electricity bills, not just those living in the southeast," said Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington.  

 

PARTY: LNP

PROJECT: Cairns Showground 

WHAT WILL IT DELIVER: Headrick Grandstand restoration

FUNDING AMOUNT: $500,000

THEY SAID: “Without doubt the historical Headrick Grandstand is a focal point of the Cairns Show and numerous other events held throughout the year. However, the current deteriorating condition of the grandstand prevents the show association from securing opportunities to hold more events,” said LNP Cairns candidate Sam Marino.

 

PARTY: LNP

PROJECT: Rego Rebate 

WHAT WILL IT DELIVER: $300 rebate on every registered vehicle 

FUNDING AMOUNT: $1.15 billion

THEY SAID: "Under the LNP every Queenslander who owns a registered car will receive a $300 Rego Rebate before Christmas. There’s no limit on how many registered cars you could claim the rebate for. It includes commercial vehicles such as small business owners and tradies. Under Annastacia Palaszczuk car rego has increased by 19.4 per cent," said LNP Cairns candidate Sam Marino.