Writs issued for 2012 Queensland election
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
The 2012 Queensland election has been officially set as Premier advised Governor to issue the writs — the formal announcement of the election.
"Absolutely looking forward to it, the 24th of March," Ms Bligh told reporters, referring to the date of the election.
To lose the ability to govern in its own right, the currently governing(ALP) would need to lose sevens seats in .
The Current Parliament 
The ALP, of which Ms Bligh is leader, holds 51 seats. The opposition(LNP), being lead in this campaign by the yet-to-be-elected Cambell Newman, currently holds 31 seats. Two seats are now held by the (KAP). Five independents make up the 89 Members of Parliament.
The KAP does not plan to direct preference to the major parties, but to consider for individual seats amongst independents and minor parties. "We will look at the merits or otherwise of their policy positions and what they believe in," said.
While thehaven't announced any preference directions, they point out that it is up to the voter how to direct preferences. "If I’m unsuccessful [in being elected in Mt Coot-tha], their vote flows at full value to their second preference," Greens candidate said.
Local government elections 
The selection of March 24th as the election date drew criticism because it ultimately forced the rescheduling of local government elections — originally scheduled for March 31.
"Why are 73 local government elections around Queensland being pushed back? That adds more months of uncertainty when she has had a year to separate out the two elections," said Leader of the Liberal National Party, Campbell Newman. Newman will have to win the seat of Ashgrove if he is to become premier.
Local government elections are now scheduled for late April.
Related news 
- "Queensland state Premier announces March 24 election date" — Wikinews, January 26, 2012
- "Member list - Queensland Parliament" — , February 20, 2012 (date of access)
- "Bligh officially sets Queensland election date" — , February 20, 2012
- Nathan Paull. "Katter party won't preference ALP or LNP" — , February 19, 2012
- Queensland Premier triggers election for March 24" — , February 19, 2012 . "
- Press Release: "Greens welcome the chance to bring somereal long term vision to QLD." — Queensland Greens, February 19, 2012
|DISCLOSURE: This article's primary contributor, Patrick Gillett, is a member of the Queensland Greens, one of the parties contesting this election.|