The Observer asked residents outside the Gladstone Central State School polling booth what they thought was the most important issue this election.
Here's what they had to say:
Workers and their families. Providing more work in the town. We've had to deal with having (my husband) work away for long periods of time and it takes its toll on the family. It's quite hard trying to work and deal with the kids and him away and I know so many families in the same situation.
Climate and mines. A bit of both, there's got to be a balance. You've got to have jobs and sustainable mining but help the environment as well.
Education is always a priority. My daughter is 19 and she's at university. The cost of living is high for people, she's totally dependent on her parents to fund her. She gets a bit of money through Aus study but it doesn't cover the living costs. Education is tough particularly tertiary education.
Probably jobs. Job placements, more permanent roles and environmental stuff.
Economics. Where we're going financially as a country, just trying to get our debt level down.