Electoral Commission of Queensland 2009 State Election Site.
ABC Elections 2009 Queensland Election site. (live audio and live video stream)
My electorate of Lockyer has always been a safe National Party seat, here is the info on Lockyer at the ABC Qld election site.
This time I looked at the ballot and was amazed... Green, LNP and ALP.
The federal seat of Blair, which takes in my electorate, was thought to be a safe National seat. In 2004 the Liberal candidate romped in with 52.2% of the vote. After this there was a bit of a boundary redistribution and Blair got some of Oxley. Things got interesting in 2007 when the ALP candidate won the seat (which now took in a lot of Ipswich, part a safe ALP seat Oxley, which Pauline Hanson had contested and won from the ALP. But that's a whole other story!
(If I've cocked anything up please let me know! I've never been brilliant at history! I have trouble remembering what I did yesterday. I blame age and senior moments, all my life.)
Bligh justified her early election call because of the crisis and said that Queensland needed a leader. Whether Bligh or Springborg. And having the election in September, amidstream so to speak, wasn't a good idea. Crock. Of. Shit. She called it early because the polls said she'd win it several weeks out from the election.