LNP hope their reputation has improved for Stafford election
AFTER suffering a large 17% swing against it in the Redcliffe by-election in February, the Queensland LNP must brace itself for its second by-election this year.
The vote on Saturday in the northern Brisbane seat of Stafford comes after Dr Chris Davis resigned in May following a fallout with the government.
The former head of the Australian Medical Association Queensland stepped away from politics over the way the LNP handled doctor contracts and watered down political donation laws.
The weekend poll could provide a strong indication for how the party will fare in the next state election, expected March next year.
The by-election will no doubt be a chance for voters to tell the LNP what they think of its assets sales and lease proposal revealed in the June budget.
Both parties are running health professionals - Dr Anthony Lynham (pictured), a maxillofacial surgeon, for Labor and psychologist Bob Andersen for the LNP.
It will be the first time voters will have to show identification before they vote - an Australian first.