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Polls put Labor in position to take seat of Aspley

AHEAD of its major Queensland conference today, Labor has been quietly cheered by polls it believes show the ALP could win the seat of Aspley in Brisbane's north, currently held by Community Services Minister Tracy Davis.

There is also talk from within Labor that Bligh-era ministers Stirling Hinchliffe, Kate Jones and Cameron Dick could return to the political fray.

With the 2015 election now 18 months away, the ALP must build momentum to avoid a repeat of the humiliating 2012 election loss which left Labor with just seven seats

According to Labor, it has data showing a 6% lead over the LNP in Aspley even without any word of a candidate.

Ms Davis declined to discuss the polling, saying she was focused on delivering for her constituents.

Earlier this week, a ReachTel poll found Premier Campbell Newman could lose the seat of Ashgrove following his dumping of the Parliamentary Crime and Misconduct Committee.

The immediate goal for Labor after the 2012 state election was to rebuild membership - it has so far increased from 5000 to 9000.

When 400 delegates arrive to today's conference, they will be asked to consider a strategy aimed at increasing membership. The strategy is not coming from federal and state opposition leaders Bill Shorten and Annastacia Palaszczuk although each will be on hand.

Queensland Labor president Dick Williams will push to expand Kevin Rudd's reforms, which asked rank-and-file members to vote for who they want to lead the party nationally.

Mr Williams now wants the Labor's affiliate union and grassroots members to help choose candidates - for state and senate seats - as well as for ALP internal positions.

By doing this, he hopes to seduce union members into joining the Labor party proper.

Mr Williams said if only a small percentage signed up, it would be enough to double the ALP's membership in Queensland.

"Doubling the membership gives you more hands to work with, more feet to pound the streets of the suburbs, who try to convince people to vote Labor.

"Far more importantly, it broadens the idea base of the party and it broadens the potential pool from which we can select candidates."

Ms Palaszczuk told reporters on Friday afternoon she will decide whether to back the proposal once it has been debated at the conference.

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