Labor likely to lose Queensland
Opinion polls suggest that the Labor Party of federal premier Julia Gillard is about to suffer a massive defeat in the Queensland state election today.
The latest poll by Newspoll in The Australian newspaper in a two party preferred contest puts the ruling Labor Party on 39.2% of the vote and the opposition Liberal National Party (LNP) on 60.8%. If the polls are right this will be a massive setback for Julia Gillard whose party will then control just two of the six states in Australia (Northern Territory and South Australia). Labor lost New South Wales last year after controlling the state for many years.
Labor have held Queensland since 1989, except for one short period, and current state premier Anna Bligh can expect to lose many of the 51 seats the Labor Party currently holds in the 89 seat Legislative Assembly. The Liberal National Party currently holds 34 seats with four Independents making up the balance.
There are 2.3 million electors who will vote at 1,700 polling stations from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time.