Tennis and Preferences

Yesterday Scott Morrison landed in South Australia where he launched the campaign of Nicole Flint in the seat of Boothby (Lib 2.7%) and visited the seat of Mayo (Ind 2.9%), which will be more difficult to win back given the popularity of Rebeka Sharkie from the Centre Alliance. He spent the day talking small business and announced funding for new sporting facilities in Boothby… whilst playing tennis.

Bill Shorten arrived in Queensland yesterday for the first time in this campaign visiting Gladstone with announcements about funding for the Great Barrier Reef and reiterating his commitment to restore certain penalty rates to retail workers. In the last 24 hours Labor have also promised to adjust legislation to enable casual workers to request a permanent position from their employer should they be working in the same job for more than a year.

Both parties are in discussions with Clive Palmer in an attempt to snag a preference deal. Mr Palmer’s United Australia Party will spend $50 million dollars at this election and as such will be key in several lower house races in Queensland. He is highly likely to win a Queensland Senate seat on May 18.