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Qld parliament dissolved ahead of election

The Parliament of Queensland has been dissolved ahead of the state election.

Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey issued a proclamation to dissolve the 56th parliament after Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk visited Government House on Tuesday morning.

“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.

“Following an Executive Council meeting, I also issued the writ for the election of 93 members for 31 October 2020.”

Earlier on Tuesday, Liberal National Party leader Deb Frecklington kicked off her campaign by promising not to form a minority government if her party wins most seats in the Queensland election.

The LNP will put Labor last on how to vote cards in all seats, which has raised the prospect of a hung parliament.

Ms Frecklington categorically denied that anyone in the LNP has spoken with minor parties like One Nation, Clive Palmer or Katter’s Australia Party about preferences.

She is also promising she will not form a minority government with any of the minor parties, even if the LNP wins the most seats.

“That’s correct,” Ms Frecklington told ABC Radio.

Her comments come two days after Premier Palaszczuk promised not to do deals with minor parties and suggested the LNP could form government with Palmer or KAP politicians.

Ms Frecklington said it was her decision as “party leader” to put Labor last and voters needed to realise that the election was a binary choice between the major parties.

The opposition leader promised that a majority LNP government would deliver jobs and projects like the Bradfield inland irrigation scheme and widening 1450 km of the Bruce Highway from two to four lanes.

She said in contrast Labor had delivered the nation’s highest unemployment rate before the pandemic began.

“So it is a binary choice between those two major parties. And that’s what we’re calling for in Queensland, to support the LNP,” Ms Frecklington said.

The LNP leader would not elaborate on how they would pay for their election commitments but promised there would be no new taxes or forced redundancies in the public service under the LNP’s plan.

She insisted they were fully funded and costings would be released in the final week of the campaign.

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