QLD 2020 – candidate update


I launched my guide for the Queensland state election on Tuesday, and as part of that guide I have been compiling a list of candidates running in the election.

Over three hundred candidates have been identified so far, although the list shrunk slightly this week when three Palaszczuk government ministers announced their retirement.

Coralee O’Rourke, who holds the Townsville-area seat of Mundingburra, announced her retirement earlier in the week, and then yesterday Anthony Lynham and Kate Jones announced their retirements from their seats of Stafford and Cooper.

My list currently includes 309 candidates.

View the list here.

This includes 81 LNP candidates, 74 Labor candidates, 43 Greens and 38 One Nation candidates. Other parties running include Informed Medical Options (18), Legalise Cannabis (13), United Australia (13), Katter’s Australian Party (12), Animal Justice (6) and North Queensland First (5).

A total of 453 candidates nominated in 2017, so this is roughly on track when you consider the number of candidates likely to announce over the next month. I’d expect another hundred or so candidates from the four big parties.

I have recorded the gender of each candidate and will return to that topic in the future. At the moment 188 men and 121 women have been identified as candidates. 43% of Labor candidates are women, compared to 28% of LNP candidates. This is a slight improvement for Labor and about the same for the LNP, compared to the final candidate list in 2017.

At the moment there are on average 3.3 candidates running per seat. Seven candidates are running in Townsville and Whitsunday.

There are also four seats with just one candidate. The incumbent MP is the only candidate so far in Callide, Logan and Woodridge, while in Stafford there is only an LNP candidate following Dr Lynham’s retirement yesterday. Of course, all of these races should end up being healthy contests between at least three candidates.

I will continue to update this candidate list up until the close of nominations. I will regularly update candidate lists on individual electorate profiles as new candidates emerge but it won’t be the highest priority for me as I work on some other projects. If you find a candidate that hasn’t been listed you can contact me or post as a comment on their seat. Rest assured I will take note of the candidate announcements in the comments and add them to the public list and the seat guides as time allows.

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  1. Isn’t it “informed medical options”? Though I think they omitted the “ill-“ at the start of their name.

  2. Hey, just to let you know I’m running in Miller. I’m with Australian Progressives, but will be running as independent as we’re not registered in Queensland yet.

  3. Are the candidates for Redcliffe the ones declared by the ECQ. I can tell you that that a person by the name of Ian Philp is running as an independent. He also ran in the 2017 State Election.

  4. No, nominations won’t close until some time in early October. This is a running list I am keeping. Thanks, I’ll add him to the list when I next do an update.

  5. Adrian spot on. Queensland is sitting on 1.1 deaths per million of population. No one likes the lock down but even Victoria is doing better than any US state other than Hawaii.

    I have voted in 52 elections since 1972 but have never previously given my vote to ALP and have preferences coalition (or equivalent) ahead of Labor in 48 of these. On this occasion I think ALP will actually get my primary vote. Palaszczuk is not an inspiring leader but she rarely does anything too bad.Frecklingtons total negativity repulses voters. LNP need their head testing going to the election with someone who was so close to Newman as she was.Mander admitted the mistakes of Newman regime but Frecklington has not.
    Small business is hurting especially in regional areas but the bite has varied from a mauling to a nip.
    No government has recognised that they need to address those who are being mauled.
    Dinmore Meateorks has terminated 600 in Ipswich yet 50 Km away in Beenleigh Teys Brothers could not get meatworkers and blamed this on Jobseeker/ Jobseeker. JBS blamed Job Keeper for subsidising their competitors who could pay higher prices for cattle due to wage subsidies which JBS is not receiving.

  6. With double the parties registered from last election (6 vs 12), you’d expect more candidates this election. One side effect of that is the minimal impact minor independents may have as opposed to high profile ones, such as current and ex-MPs. This could significantly reduce the number of independents running. SFF are registered but haven’t endorsed any candidates. Progressives and RESET aren’t registered but have endorsed one independent each. Current state of play (if I’ve missed any ONP, IND or from another party, apologies as it’s hard to keep track of them all before nominations):

    ALP – 83
    LNP – 86
    GRN – 72
    ONP – 43
    UAP – 43
    IMOP – 28
    LCQ – 18
    KAP – 13
    Motorists – 11
    AJP – 6
    NQF – 5
    IND – 7

    This makes 415 candidates. Assume ALP/LNP/GRN run in all 93, that gives you 38 more which is exactly 453, the same as 2017 election. ONP and UAP you’d expect to add a few more too. AJP seem to be staying on 6, LCQ hasn’t added anyone for 2 weeks that I know of and despite NQF saying ‘TBA’ on more than the current 5 electorates, that information hasn’t changed for over 2 months and don’t think they’ll run anymore. Katter had the surprise of Sam Cox in Burdekin added recently, and could add a couple of more. This is the most they’ve run since 2012. ONP had 61 in 2017, so still a way off to get that target yet. Motorists dumped their candidate announcement in one go so don’t expect them to increase their list. The surprise really is IMOP, impressed they’ve run as many candidates as they have.

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