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Nicholls’ do-or-die pledge to voters

Queensland OppositIon Leader Tim Nicholls is seen at the LNP campaign launch, held at The Triffid in Brisbane during the Queensland Election campaign on Sunday, November 19, 2017. Mr Nicholls is on the campaign trail ahead of the November 25 state election.
Queensland OppositIon Leader Tim Nicholls is seen at the LNP campaign launch, held at The Triffid in Brisbane during the Queensland Election campaign on Sunday, November 19, 2017. Mr Nicholls is on the campaign trail ahead of the November 25 state election. AAP Image - Darren England

TIM Nicholls has today promised voters he will not let them down as he made his major pitch to Queenslanders ahead of Saturday's election.

In a speech at his campaign launch in Brisbane today - not just to the party faithful but to potential One Nation voters as well - the LNP leader promised to listen should Queenslanders back his party to win government on November 25.

"I say to those who are frustrated: I hear you. I really do. My team and I are different," he said.

"We're determined to get on with things and build a better Queensland.

"We will not let you down."

But as Mr Nicholls - who was introduced by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today - attempts to shake off the shackles of the former Newman government and the spectre of One Nation, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is reminding voters and her own party faithful of both as she launches Labor's campaign from the Gold Coast today.

She has urged voters to choose another three years of "stable" Labor government over "chaos".

Both insist a vote for One Nation is a vote for the other side of politics in duelling launches likely to be just an hour apart as both ready for the critical final week of campaigning.

Mr Nicholls announced $20.25 million to get mature-age jobseekers back into the workforce, including $9 million for a dedicated job-matching service in a Trump-esque pitch to the "forgotten people".

"I believe we must do more to avoid a forgotten generation crisis," he said at the launch.

"The forgotten men and women of the generational ­labour market shift will no longer be forgotten under the LNP. I will make sure of it."

Mr Nicholls also paid tribute to his wife and family as he attempts to show Queenslanders his softer side.

"My job, like that of many Queenslanders, takes me away from home a lot," he said.

"I am sure Mary feels like a single mum sometimes, and the kids have to make do with phone calls and miss out on hugs.

"I'm not going to gloss over that. It hurts. Mary, I could never do this job without you and I wouldn't be the man I am today without your love - and without your wisdom."

The LNP leader warned voters they are currently at a "crossroads".

"This election will determine the fate of Queensland for generations to come," he said.

"Our priorities and policies can't and won't be matched by any of the other parties.

"That's because we have listened, we have heard you, we know you are frustrated. I will lead a common-sense government.

"Our team will listen, plan and act.

"We'll work with our fellow Queenslanders.''

Topics:  editors picks lnp malcolm turnbull one nation qldelection2017 tim nicholls

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