28 February 2020
Queensland state politics is heating up ahead of the upcoming election in October. Both the LNP and Labor face crucial by-elections tests, with voters in Currumbin and Bundamba heading to the polls just eight months out from the state election.
The Gold Coast seat of Currumbin is being vacated by Newman Government Minister, Jann Stuckey, who has held the seat for 16 years. However, it sits on a relatively small margin of 3.3 per cent for the LNP, meaning that the outcome is far from certain. The result in Bundamba will also be very interesting. Although a safe Labor seat, departing MP Jo-Ann Miller is rather popular in the electorate and Labor could face some opposition from One Nation.
Asides from retaining seats they currently hold, both Labor and the LNP will be seeking strong results in order to build momentum ahead of the October 31 poll.
Things remain relatively quiet across other states, with the New South Wales and Victorian governments focused on their responses to the bushfires, while Tasmania and South Australia are both at the halfway point of their respective electoral cycles. Meanwhile, Western Australian Treasurer, Ben Wyatt, has announced that he will be standing down at the 2021 state election citing health reasons.