Campbell Newman set to name election date as January 31, announces today’s Courier-Mail. An election at that time of year is, to put it mildly, unorthodox, although I observe that the school holidays conclude the previous Tuesday. A bigger puzzlement is this from the report: The minimum campaign period under Queensland law is 26 days. This means the earliest date an election could be held is on Saturday, January 31.. But twenty-six days from today is surely February 1, which would appear to suggest February 7 as the earliest possible date. Perhaps I’m missing something.
In any case, here is a thread for discussion of today’s drama as it unfolds, as it appears it surely will.
UPDATE: Antony Green tweets there are 26 days from issue of writ (Tuesday) to polling in a Saturday, so I guess the 26 days is inclusive of the date of issue. Perhaps I’m sleep-deprived (no perhaps about it actually), but that would seem to suggest to me that today is in fact the day after today.
UPDATE 2: Newman has certainly confirmed that he will announce the election date today, but beyond that tells us we will have to wait a few hours.
UPDATE 3: For those still curious about the election timing issue which, judging by comments, is none of you it turns out I needed refer only to the next section of the act along:
(2) For the purpose of determining under subsection (1) a cut-off day, the polling day or the day for the return of the writ (the relevant day)—
(a) the day of issue of the writ; and
(b) the relevant day itself;
are both to be included in any specified number of days.