No rain but a flood of politicians wash into the Coast
CONSERVATIVE royalty is descending on the Sunshine Coast with the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, his Deputy Barnaby Joyce and One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson all arriving on the same day to press the flesh.
Could there be an election afoot? That's a question being increasingly raised as Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk does the rounds of the state.
Both the Premier and her Deputy are on leave from Friday, further fuelling speculation they are resting up ahead of an election date on November 4 or 25.
If it is November 4 we may have seen the last sitting of State Parliament of this term of government and could see the election called on October 9.
More likely is an election on November 25 allowing time for Parliament to resume and receive the outcome of the inquiry into 2016 local government elections and to vote on payment security legislation for construction sub contractors.
The joint-party committee hearing into the legislation was held today.
Deputy Premier Jackie Trad was the first political heavyweight to arrive this week, today opening the multi-million accessibility upgrade for Nambour, the third busiest station for commuters on the Sunshine Coast line.
It ticks a box in Labor's commitment to departing Independent Member for Nicklin Peter Wellington and comes the day before what the Sunshine Coast Daily understands to be short-notice visit by Mr Joyce who will attend a forum from 9am at Maroochydore Surf Club with Maroochydore State MP Fiona Simpson, Federal Members Ted O'Brien (Fairfax) and Andrew Wallace (Fisher).
Later in the day Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is here for a meet-and-greet at Caloundra organised by Mr Wallace, but any suggestion part of the mission is to shore up support for the town's State MP Mark McArdle is way clear of the mark.
Mr McArdle will return from Townsville tomorrow where he has been attending joint-party Health and Communities Committee hearings into a new Child Safety bill.
But he's not back to glow in the reflection of Prime Ministerial glory. Instead he will honour a long-held commitment at an art exhibition opening in the Sunshine Coast Regional Gallery.
"I don't read much into it," Mr McArdle said. "You can second guess until it's called. All you can do is be prepared.
"We've heard these rumours since the start of the year. She will call it when she calls it.
"Until then everyone should get on with the job and be prepared."
Local Government Association of Queensland CEO Greg Hallam said it had already engaged all major political parties about its platform.
"We're preparing for an election before Christmas," he said.
The visit by Mr Joyce may have been confirmed only mid last week but Mr O'Brien and Mr Wallace have been longer in organising the Prime Minister's welcome.
Mr Wallace confirmed 300 people had been invited to Mr Turnbull's visit tomorrow night to the Caloundra RSL after he and Mr O'Brien had each sent out expression of interest invitations to 1500 people who had been in email contact with their electoral officers.
He said of those attending party member were in the minority.
If it had been a ticketed event Mr Wallace said he could have sold the seats three times over.
Prior to the pub gathering Mr Turnbull will sit down with a dozen people Mr Wallace has invited from different backgrounds to express their views on a range of topics.
Ms Hanson will join One Nation Queensland leader Steve Dickson for a meet-and-greet barbecue from 2.30-5.30pm as he ramps up a bid to retain the seat he once held for the LNP.
While considered by many including early polls to be improbable, it is now looking more possible for Mr Dickson as a poll date looms.
The Buderim barbecue will be held at 114 King Street on the corner of Bairnsadale Street West.