31 January 2020
Bushfires aside, it was a relatively quiet summer for state politics. The only state election due this year will be in Queensland, to be held on October 31.
But the first big electoral test for both the Government and the Opposition will occur long before the Halloween election date, with a by-election to be held on the Gold Coast seat of Currumbin following the retirement of LNP MP Jann Stuckey.
The poll will prove to be an early barometer of who is better placed heading into the state election. Although the seat has been held by the LNP since 2004, at a margin of 3.3 per cent it is far from outside Labor’s radar as a seat it can prise from the LNP. Meanwhile, Labor may also be faced with defending one of its incumbent seats, with speculation that Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller will quit state parliament to run as Mayor of Ipswich in the March council election.
Finally, Tasmania has a new Premier following Will Hodgman’s retirement from politics. Mr Hodgman had served as the state’s Premier since 2014 and he has been succeeded by Peter Gutwein. Prior to his ascension to the top job, Mr Gutwein had held a variety of Ministerial positions including that of Treasurer. The timing of Mr Hodgman’s departure was in large part due to wanting to give his successor ample time to establish himself in the role, with the next Tasmanian election due in two years.