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Reporter: Annie Guest

ELEANOR HALL: Both the major parties contesting the Queensland election are facing scrutiny over
just who influences their decisions.

The Liberal National Party is fending off criticism over reports of big donations from mining
magnate Clive Palmer and the Premier is facing questions about her authority inside the Cabinet.

Annie Guest reports from Brisbane.

ANNIE GUEST: One of the interesting side shows to the Queensland election campaign has been the
wealthy mining magnate Clive Palmer.

The big-framed Queenslander is a long-time supporter of conservative politics and his 18-year-old
son is a candidate on Saturday.

The Premier and Treasurer have accused Clive Palmer of buying the Liberal National Party; he has a
law suit against them.

Now there are reports the LNP's campaign war chest is twice as big as Labor's, thanks largely to
Clive Palmer.

He's overseas, and despite several calls, the LNP's campaign director was not available to comment
on the issue.

Meanwhile, the Premier Anna Bligh has told ABC Radio she rejects suggestions she lacks the power to
shuffle her Cabinet.

ANNA BLIGH: I will choose who the next Cabinet of Queensland is if I am lucky enough to secure the
support of the people of Queensland on Saturday, end of story, that's that.

ANNIE GUEST: After community dissatisfaction with the Health Minister, and gaffs from more than one
of her charges, the Premier has campaigned heavily on Cabinet renewal, promising significant
changes if she's returned to power.

But the Tourism Minister is quoted in The Courier Mail newspaper saying caucus, and not Anna Bligh,
would decide on Cabinet posts.

She's since clarified her comments, saying she was talking in past tense.

Kevin Rudd is believed to be the only Labor leader that has starred down union factional power in
caucus to choose his own Cabinet.

But the ALP's Queensland secretary Anthony Chisholm says Anna Bligh would do the same.

ANTHONY CHISHOLM: If Anna wins on Saturday, it's going to be a close election, but if she can get
across the line, she will have the imprimatur to select her own Cabinet.

ANNIE GUEST: Judy Spence is one of the ministers who the Premier has refused to back publicly; she
holds the police portfolio.

Today she's supporting Anna Bligh's position.

JUDY SPENCE: Look, I've got great confidence that the Caucus will give the Premier the power to put
the Ministry together. I've got great confidence that the Premier will put a very good team

ANNIE GUEST: Law and order has taken a back seat to the economy and health in this campaign, but
both parties are talking tough on crime. Today Judy Spence said crime had decreased 24 per cent in
five years.

But the LNP spokesman Vaughan Johnson disputed that in a debate on ABC Radio, saying more needs to
be done, especially in the area of paedophilia.

VAUGHAN JOHNSON: We will be leaving him in jail, that's how tough they'll be. We'll leave them in
jail until such times as they can really prove they've done the rehabilitation programs.

ANNIE GUEST: But jobs remain central to both campaigns.

Labor's is promising further infrastructure investment to create jobs, funded by taking the state
into debt.

Central to the Liberal National Party's argument is that the Government has squandered money during
the good times of its 11-year reign.

Both leaders are in south east Queensland today; it will be impossible for either side to win the
election without dominating Brisbane seats.

ELEANOR HALL: Annie Guest in Brisbane.