[<< wikinews] Queensland state election shorts: January 30, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012 
A compilation of brief news reports relating to the 2012 Queensland, Australia state election.

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== Clean sweep in north: Katter ==
Its founder claims Katter's Australian Party will make a clean sweep of seats in the far north of Queensland. "We've seen enough in-depth polling to believe that that is not an unreasonable expectation," Bob Katter told reporters in Cairns.
The federal Member of Parliament indicated that the party was not "not all that interested in talking about preferences."

Petrina Berry, Patrick Caruana & Tracey Ferrier. "Katter predicts clean sweep in north Qld" — Nine News, January 26, 2012
Daniel Strudwick. "Katter tips a clean sweep in the Far North" — The Cairns Post, January 27, 2012

== Sunshine Coast Greens launch campaign ==
The various Sunshine Coast branches of the Queensland Greens collectively launched their candidates on Friday. Larissa Waters, Queensland Greens senator in the federal parliament; and Adam Stone, Greens candidate for Mt. Coot-tha, were guest speakers.

 "Greens launch Sunshine Coast Candidates" — View News, January 27, 2012This article contains original reporting by Wikinews user Patrick Gillett. Further details can be found on the talk page.

== Give bush pollie's a go: Member for Gregory ==
The current Member for Gregory has objected that the front bench of the Liberal National Party (LNP) lacks regional Members of Parliament. Vaughan Johnson asserted that "it doesn't all happen in the southeast corner".
LNP leader Campbell Newman acknowledged the sentiment saying, "Regional Queensland ... must be represented [in cabinet]."

Koren Helbig. "LNP Gregory MP Vaughan Johnson's plea to give bush politicians a go" — The Courier-Mail, January 28, 2012
Larine Statham (AAP). "LNP cabinet debate shows divisions: KAP" — The Sydney Morning Herald, January 27, 2012