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PM stays on Qld election campaign trail

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will continue campaigning for Queensland’s Liberal National Party in the state election on Sunday.

The LNP hope his popularity in the Sunshine State will help return them to government on October 31 after five years in opposition.

Mr Morrison fronted a press conference in the marginal LNP seat of Currumbin in his first outing on the campaign on Saturday.

LNP leader Deb Frecklington and local MP Laura Gerber joined him, but it was the smiling prime minister who took all the media’s questions.

When asked if he would be joining the LNP leader’s campaign in the regions, Mr Morrison answered that he was happy for Ms Frecklington to join him.

“I’m looking forward to being with Deb wherever, she is free to join me at any time and, because we know each other well,” he laughed.

“We work well together and what I love about what Deb is putting forward is it’s a positive plan.”

The prime minister is expected to inspect Bruce Highway projects jointly funded by the federal and state Labor governments this week.

But he cast doubt on the LNP’s showpiece election pledge to widen 1450km of the Bruce Highway from two to four lanes.

He wouldn’t commit to funding 80 per cent of the $33 billion, 15-year project as the plan requires.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, who is also campaigning in the southeast this weekend, appeared unfazed by the arrival of the star LNP campaigner.

She said the prime minister was always welcome in Queensland, but she doubted he could sway voters.

“Queenslanders are smart people, they know it’s a state election, it’s not a federal election, it’s a state election,” the premier said.

“Queenslanders also know there’s been one party, and one government, that’s been absolutely focused on protecting them and keeping them safe.”

The state’s voters go to the polls on October 31.

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