Nominations close today in the Queensland state election. I did an update of candidates last night, checking each of the main party websites for missing candidates, and taking onboard all the candidate updates posted in comments – thanks to you all.
Last week’s list included 316 candidates (including Billy Gordon, who later announced he would not run): this has now increased to 348.
The Greens have now announced candidates in all 93 seats, up from 87 last week. I could still only find 82 Labor candidates, with candidates missing in action in 11 others (although I’m sure I’ve missed some). The LNP is up to 89 candidates. One Nation’s candidate numbers have mostly remained steady at 57 (up two) while KAP has increased from six to ten.
I have now identified 12 independents (up from five last week, excluding Gordon). This includes Rockhampton mayor Margaret Strelow, who decided to run as an independent after losing the Labor preselection contest for the seat of Rockhampton following the sitting MP’s late retirement announcement.
There’s at least 26 seats with out-of-date candidate information, but I will wait until this evening, after nominations are declared, before making a final update on each seat, including the full list of candidates in ballot order.