Election pressure mounts

BURNETT candidates are champing at the bit to get the election campaign started.

Speculation has been running rife that Premier Anna Bligh will call the impending election soon, with a February 18 date in mind.

And LNP leader Campbell Newman is heaping on the pressure, starting a "countdown clock" to the day the poll needed to be called.

"Bring it on," Member for Burnett Rob Messenger said.

"The sooner the election, the better."

The Independent MP said he was looking forward to seeing what the other parties had to offer.

"Campbell Newman and the LNP have been able to ignore and sidestep the issues of what they are going to put on the table and bring to Burnett and Bundaberg," he said.

"It looks like only when the election is called they are going to tell the people of Burnett and Bundaberg what (they) are going to offer."

LNP candidate Stephen Bennett wanted an election as soon as possible for different reasons.

"We don't want any more delays," he said.

"I think it's time for people in Queensland to have their say."

Mr Bennett said he was hoping for the voters to go to the polls in late February.

Labor Party candidate Stuart Tomlinson said he was not worried whether an earlier or later election date was called.

"I'm ready to take on the opponents - I'm ready to win," he said.

Mr Tomlinson said he was feeling confident about the upcoming election.

"I feel that I'm not too disadvantaged. I feel I can put something forward," he said.

The Labor candidate said he had put a lot of effort into his campaign and was looking forward to the extra challenge.

For Katter's Australia Party candidate Kevin Pauling, the longer the election was held off, the better.

"It gives me more opportunity to make myself known in the community," he said.

"I am relatively new to the area, so it will be a chance to get my face out there."

Mr Pauling said the biggest challenge he faced was getting people to stand up and be counted.

"I don't think people realise how much of a mess the state and country is in," he said.

While the Burnett electorate is rife with candidates, the seat of Bundaberg remains uncontested.

Member for Bundaberg Jack Dempsey is set to contest the seat solo with no other candidates coming forward so far.



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