SAS Group CEO
The 2015 political year has started with a flurry of activity in New South Wales and Queensland.
Luke Foley elected NSW Labor Leader
The Hon Luke Foley MLC has been elected unanimously as NSW Labor Leader.
His election follows the resignation of John Robertson MP as Opposition Leader on 23 December 2014. Linda Burney MP remains Deputy Leader.
Mr Foley will seek pre-selection to contest a seat in the Legislative Assembly in the stay in the 28 March 2015 general election.
Key issues in the lead up to the election are likely to be electricity asset sales and infrastructure programs.
Labor's frontbench will be confirmed in the coming days.
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman announces election for 31 January 2015
Campbell Newman's decision to call an election for the 31 January is designed to catch the other parties off guard, meaning Labor members and others will be changing their plans to return from holidays.
Similar to the strategy adopted by the former Premier Peter Beattie in 2004, Mr Newman is clearly looking to steal the march on the opposition as well as taking advantage of an electorate that is normally quite lethargic toward politics during the January holiday period.
The LNP came to power in March 2012, winning 78 of the Parliament's 89 seats. This swing of 15.8 per cent was the largest parliamentary majority in modern Australian political history. Latest opinion polls show a large decline in popularity for the LNP with voters evenly split between the LNP and Labor.
Key election issues will be the LNP $34 billion privatisation plan for state-owned electricity network and ports, and the continuing tight fiscal position of the State.