ONE Nation Queensland leader Steve Dickson (Buderim), with Pauline Hanson, says eh thinks the Premier will call an early election, a move she has denied.
ONE Nation Queensland leader Steve Dickson (Buderim), with Pauline Hanson, says eh thinks the Premier will call an early election, a move she has denied. Patrick Woods

Boundary changes pose challenges for pollies

GLEN Elmes is standing in Noosa, Steve Dickson says what will be will be and Brent Hampstead has confirmed he will seek Labor pre-selection in Tibrogargan formerly known as Glass House where he ran Andrew Powell close in 2015.

They are the early take outs from draft boundary changes announced overnight that add four seats to the Queensland Parliament and in places radically alter electoral boundaries.

 

Noosa MP Glen Elmes.
Noosa MP Glen Elmes. contributed

Mr Elmes, whose electorate of Noosa has picked up Rainbow Beach, says there was absolutely no question about his future plans.

"I am standing and that was never an issue regardless of boundary changes," he said.

"I was in my office until 9.30pm looking at the new boundaries and now need to talk to my colleagues about the draft."

He said there were boundary changes everywhere to create the new seat quota of 35,000 electors and to accommodate the additional four seats.

One Nation Queensland leader Steve Dickson said he had been snowed going through potential candidates for the party and remained undisturbed about boundary changes which will see his seat of Buderim lose everything on the northern side of Maroochydore Road and some of Forest Glen to the bottom of Jones Road at North Buderim but pick up areas like Point Cartwright.

"I'm going to play it with a straight bat," he said.

"Is the Premier going to wait for the changes to be gazetted or will she go to the polls first.

"Mount Cootha and Indooroopilly have been combined which will pit Steven Miles (Labor Minister) against Scottie Emerson (former LNP Minister) against each other.

"The Greens do well in both and are every chance."

Ms Palaszczuk has appeared to rule out any prospect of an early election saying Queenslanders would go to the polls in 12 months' time to elect a 93-seat parliament.

 

Glass House MP Andrew Powell.
Glass House MP Andrew Powell. Contributed

Mr Hampstead believes the voter base breakdown in Tibrogargan remains largely on par with the old Glass House with Mr Powell perhaps advantaged by half a percent even though the electorate now excludes Palmwoods where he lives.

In 2015 the former Newman Government minister secured 51.41% of the vote after preferences compared with Mr Hampstead's 48.59% seeing his margin decrease from more than 20% to just 1.4%.

Ultimately the result would have been a huge upset if Mr Hampstead has secured an additional 450 votes.

Mr Powell has been contacted for comment.