ANNA Bligh has declared she is "sick and tired" of federal leadership speculation as she hit the road for the first day of her campaign.
The Queensland Premier said the leadership was drowning out the election message and she wanted her federal counterparts to "fix it", The Australian reports.
"I think Australians will be captivated by what is happening federally," she told radio station 4RO.
"That doesn't help in a state election campaign, that makes it very difficult for both myself and my opponent to be out talking to Queenslanders and for them to see what they're saying.
"A lot of Australians, I'm certainly one of them, are sick and tired of hearing about leadership in Canberra. I want them to fix it. I want them to put it to bed once and for all."
Former Queensland Labor premier Peter Beattie added his concerns about the issue, and called for a ballot next week to resolve the issue.
Mr Beattie says the ongoing tension between the prime minister and the man she deposed, Kevin Rudd, is killing Queensland Premier Anna Bligh's chance of winning next month's state election.
He's suggested a spill be held on Tuesday February 28 after federal parliament resumes.
"It's time that there was a caucus meeting and the matter was dealt with once and for all," Mr Beattie told ABC Radio today.
"Otherwise the damage to the Labor party's campaign in Queensland will be simply immeasurable."
Mr Beattie says the sooner the issue is dealt with the better for the Labor party at both a state and federal level.
It is clearly a distraction for Ms Bligh's efforts to reclaim office, as she kicks off a difficult campaign.
She was in the central Queensland beef capital of Rockhampton, a safe Labor seat, on the first full day of campaigning for the March 24 poll.
Ms Bligh paid tribute to regional Queensland as growing and powering the state and federal economies.
"The strength of our state is our regions," she said.
"No other state has so many people living in the regional part of our state."
Ms Bligh laid out Labor's performance on the economy - despite a Newspoll in The Australian that found support for the ALP's performance lagging 11 percentage points behind the Liberal National Party - saying it was the party's policies that have spurred in growth.
Newspoll showed 33 per cent of Queenslanders support the ALP on handling the economy while 49 per cent support the LNP.
But Ms Bligh said it was Labor policies that brought the economy through the global financial crisis and the post-disaster recovery.
"The reason that we stand here today as strong as a state, the envy of the rest of the country with one of the fastest-growing economies in Australia, is because of our government," she said.
"It isn't by accident that we survived the disasters. We are the party that has the plans for the future."
She said it was also a chance to "ask some questions" about LNP leader Campbell Newman, who will campaign in Brisbane today while Ms Bligh is in central Queensland.
Read more on The Australian.