Queensland has no fixed election term. The premier can call an election at any time. Campbell Newman, being on a slide towards electoral oblivion, has called an election for 31 January 2015 before his luck runs out.
Apparently, he’s counting on the election date being too close to the holiday period for many voters to bother about giving him the boot he deserves.
Never before have I seen a premier so incompetent and full of himself as Newman. It beggars belief that a system that allows elections to be called at the most favorable moment to any incumbent premier is called a democratic state. Not to mention the lack of an upper house as controlling instance. Being of German birth, this reminds me sadly of 1933, when Hitler came into power by act of a democratically elected parliament.
I have the hope that Queensland voters will give Newman the treatment he deserves. Labour has brought it onto themselves to be decimated at the last election, but Newman and his LNP mates are a punishment far too worse to bear. (If you have friends in Queensland, please share by any means available to you).
Michael Qualmann, Modanville