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Early voting in Queensland election opens today

Pre-polling will begin from 9am, with more early votes expected this year than ever before ahead of election day on October 31.

Opposition leader Deb Freklington and Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk. (9News)

Ms Palaszczuk’s message to voters at yesterday’s launch in the Labor voter heartland of Beenleigh, south of Brisbane, was simple: her plan is to keep the state safe, increase numbers of jobs and refuse any future cuts.

“Build and grow or crash and burn. Stability or chaos. Strong leadership or reckless behaviour,” Ms Palaszczuk.

Among Ms Palaszczuk’s promises was a pledge to shrink the impacts of COVID-19 and to lift the age-limit on free TAFE apprenticeships from 21 to 25.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s plan is jobs growth and security. (9News)

Her major announcements were a $100 million spent on mental health support in Queensland’s schools, 120 homework hubs and more than 6000 additional teachers over four years.

She also announced $170 million for palliative care resources and promised a vote on euthanasia to come in February.

The Opposition leader is pushing the message of a “turning point” for Queensland.

She appealed to the Queenslanders of the bush, criticising Labor for not building a dam for 15 years and pledging to construct the state’s biggest as part of the New Bradfield Scheme.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has launched her campaign to become Queensland’s next premier. (9News)

“We must have ambition, we must have vision for this great state of ours,” Ms Frecklington said.

“My vision is to get Queensland working again.”

Premier Palaszczuk is also promising a vote on euthanasia in February should she win the vote.

Source: 9News | News Colony

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