Rocky the body politic for four days

ROCKHAMPTON is now the decision-making hub of Queensland ? well, at least for the next four days.

The State's politicians will begin arriving in the city this morning for the historic fourday parliamentary sitting.

Premier Peter Beattie said Rockhampton would from today become Queensland's seat of government and the site of decisions and debates to influence the future of Queensland.

The city will host an extra 200 people, including political reporters, as part of the sitting which finishes on Thursday.

The sitting will begin with a Cabinet meeting at the Grace- mere Saleyards today, where Brahman stud sales will be in progress as part of Brahman Week.

Premier Peter Beattie said the meeting would give pollies a chance to rub shoulders with beef producers and to meet real Queenslanders.

While today's Cabinet meeting will be closed to the public, the rest of the week's sitting at the Pilbeam Theatre will be open.

About 4000 Central Queensland school students have already planned to visit the sittings ? with students from as far north as Mackay and as far west as Winton registering their interest.

It's only the second time Parliament has sat outside of Brisbane since the State's inception in 1859, with the first time being in Townsville in 2002.

More than 1000 people attended the Townsville session making an Australian record which Parliamentary Speaker Tony McGrady is hoping to break in CQ.

Mr McGrady has urged Central Queenslanders to secure a place in the history books and beat the standing record.

Member for Rockhampton Robert Schwarten tipped Question Time as the most interesting sessions for the public.



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