OPINION: Who should we vote for in the Queensland election?
CAMPBELL Newman says the last thing Queensland needs is a hung Parliament.
He's painted the election battle as one as a choice between himself and Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk.
Newman argues the LNP has a strong plan. He argues Labor has none.
That, of course, is simplistic nonsense.
As many pundits point out, the LNP's billions in promises depends on selling rights to Queensland key assets.
Already he's said that if the LNP doesn't get a decent price for those 99-year leases than there will be none of the infrastructure projects that the government has promised.
What is of bigger concern to many punters though is what the consequences of those deals are.
Anyone who knows anything about big business knows that any buyer will be expecting healthy profits on their investments.
And that has to mean higher electricity prices.
As many will remember, Mr Newman went to the last election promising lower costs of living for Queenslanders.
I don't know about you, but I have yet to see any evidence of that.
My electricity bill has certainly not gone down.
And as a voter, I certainly will be considering the impact of flogging off electricity networks (whether as a sale or a lease doesn't matter) on my likely future cost of living.
On the Labor side, Friday's announcement of no asset sales but somehow they will pay down debt was not convincing.
As many punters note, Labor has had a shocking record when it comes to dealing with debt - both at a state and federal level.
The end result is that we, as taxpayers, can expect one of two things - reduced services or higher taxes. Someone has to pay the debt.
From a personality point of view, Annastacia Palaszczuk certainly comes across as a far warmer character than Campbell Newman.
But has she got the skill - or team - to run the state?
If Newman is the mean machine of business politics, she's offering a 'better way' built on compassion, particularly for Queensland's growing tsunami of young unemployed.
Despite what the LNP and ALP would have us believe, Queensland politics is not just about two sides.
We can expect to see more independents, Palmer United Party and Katter Australian Party MPs in the next Parliament.
Why? Because many voters have had a gutful of the major parties.
But none of the minor parties appear to offer compelling alternatives.
The Greens will appeal to the growing number of people who have seen big business ride roughshod over local residents and the environment.
Clive Palmer's Palmer United Party will attract those who hate the LNP but don't want to vote Labor or Greens.
However, any fair dinkum assessment of Palmer's appeal would have to conclude that his party is on the decline, big time.
Far from being the Palmer United Party, it has become the Palmer Divided Party with key players leaving the flock.
So the key many of us face is: who should we vote for?
The simple answer is the best candidate - regardless of their political colours.
Who is going to work hardest for your electorate?
Who is going to go into bat for local issues?
Who is going to get your area results?
And while Mr Newman will argue a simple 'vote 1' strategy, we should be smarter than that.
Order candidates according to your preferences, not the party line or how to vote card.
If that approach returns a more balanced, less arrogant government, than our votes will count towards a better future.
* Mark Furler, who has been a journalist based on the Sunshine Coast for almost 30 years, is APN Australian Regional Media's group digital editor.