One result of the Labor Party’s move back to Kevin Rudd nearly two weeks ago has been a major turnaround for the government in a series of polls.
One result of the Labor Party’s move back to Kevin Rudd nearly two weeks ago has been a major turnaround for the government in a series of polls. John Gass

Confidence boost within Labor party after recent polls

THE federal election battleground in Queensland is set to play out across both marginal seats and those held by LNP members.

One result of the Labor Party's move back to Kevin Rudd nearly two weeks ago has been a major turnaround for the government in a series of polls.

The latest Newspoll, released on Monday, had the state Labor Party up 3% to 41% since March this year, showing a fall in support for first-time Premier Campbell Newman.

While the growth in support for the state Labor Party may not translate directly to a better vote at the federal election, it has helped solidify the party's position.

State secretary Anthony Chisholm told ABC on Monday the campaign would move to largely conservative areas, including Mackay and Townsville.

The move to such electorates shows a boost in confidence within the party, with efforts just a month ago focussed on holding such seats as Capricornia in central Queensland.

While the Newspoll was completed before the latest leadership spill, it marked an improvement in Labor's prospects primarily due to a fall in the LNP's electoral position.

Mr Chisholm told ABC there was already much more optimism and enthusiasm from candidates and grassroots supporters since Mr Rudd's re-elevation.

But while Labor had been celebrating the growth in sentiment, the Coalition was on the attack against its federal opponents.

Senior Liberal front bencher Scott Morrison said on Monday that Mr Rudd was not only on borrowed time, but "stolen time", alluding to the lack of an election date announcement.

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott also said he was prepared to debate Mr Rudd on key policy issues, but Mr Rudd would have to call an election first.

Mr Abbott said if Mr Rudd did not call an election, he was happy to debate him in parliament, despite the 43rd Parliament historically not being an adequate ground for election policy debates.

Mr Chisholm was unavailable for an interview with APN before deadline.



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