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Qld's list of demands for Turnbull and Shorten; Premier says she'll rank them on commitment to her state -

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KIM LANDERS: The Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, says she'll deliver a list of demands to the Prime Minister and Opposition leader before the federal election and then rank the two leaders on their commitments to her state.

Queensland is one of the federal election battlegrounds, with 12 marginal seats, as George Roberts reports.


GEORGE ROBERTS: In central Brisbane, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender school children are rallying with supporters of the states safe schools program.

Among them is an Australian Army major and Labor's Federal candidate for Brisbane, Pat O'Neill.

PAT O'NEILL: I worked out I was gay well and truly before I hit high school and I didn't need somebody to stand up and protect me from brainwashing and social engineering, I needed adults and people to stand up and protect me from bigots and bullies.


GEORGE ROBERTS: With Coalition MP Teresa Gambaro leaving parliament, Pat O'Neill is the Opposition's pick to erode the LNP's 4.3 per cent margin and take back the once Labor-held electorate.

PAT O'NEILL: So big issues, economy, jobs and also a lot of social issues. People in Brisbane are engaged on social issues like equality, whether it's addressing things like the gender pay gap, the fact that women retire with a fraction of the superannuation of men or things like marriage equality.

GEORGE ROBERTS: Coalition sources privately concede keeping Brisbane will be tough but they'll fight hard.

The ABC's election analyst Antony Green explains why Queensland is considered a key battleground.

ANTONY GREEN: Queensland has 30 seats, the third largest state, and of those 30 seats 12 of them are on margins of under 5 per cent so a swing either way will deliver a swag of seats to either side of politics.

GEORGE ROBERTS: The Coalition's strategy is to hold on to the 22 seats it has in Queensland.

It also hopes to pick up Clive Palmer's Sunshine Coast seat of Fairfax, which could offset the potential loss of Brisbane, and will try to take the marginal seats of Lilley from the former deputy prime minister Wayne Swan and Moreton from Graham Perrett.

To win, Labor needs about seven seats in Queensland alone. As well as Brisbane, it's targeting 10 others, including the Coalition's most marginal seat of Petrie and nearby Bonner and Forde.

It will also target a swathe of seats further north, including Capricornia, held by a margin of just 0.8 of a per cent the National Party's only female MP, Michelle Landry.

MICHELLE LANDRY: Look I think it will be tough campaign. Obviously Capricornia is a very marginal seat.

GEORGE ROBERTS: Last week she warned her own party that the Coalition was looking wishy-washy and needed focus.

What she needs is help for her constituents, after more than 20,000 job losses in Queensland's resources sector over two years.

MICHELLE LANDRY: We are working on a hundred million dollar job package for you know these areas that have been affected.

GEORGE ROBERTS: Grant Cassidy runs hospitality and tourism businesses in and around the Rockhampton based electorate and says the region needs a game changer.

GRANT CASSIDY: You know, this particular region is going to be a critical one for both sides of politics and I think it means we really as a region should win out of this.

GEORGE ROBERTS: The State's Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, is also keen to leverage the bargaining power that comes with a dozen marginal seats.

ANNASTACIA PALASZCZUK: Absolutely, I'm going to present both of the leaders my wish list for Queensland and I'll be giving them the tick or the cross before the election is over.

GEORGE ROBERTS: She says the list is already pretty clear. The Premier's already asked the Federal Government to match roads and major works funding and pour more into health and education.

Antony Green says there's another unknown factor this year; the Palmer United Party got 11 per cent of the vote in 2013.

ANTONY GREEN: The votes for Palmer United came from across the political spectrum. Where are they going to go this time?

KIM LANDERS: ABC election analyst Antony Green ending that report from George Roberts.