NORTH Queensland would become its own state if the Palmer United Party wins government.
Aspiring prime minister Clive Palmer said he expected to first hold a referendum to ensure residents in the far north, down to Mackay and across to the Northern Territory border wanted their own representation.
But he said, among cheers from an agreeable crowd in Cairns on Sunday, he expected full support for the proposal, which he had costed at $50 million.
Mr Palmer said he expected many of the functions could be transferred over from the current Queensland Government.
He said too many decisions were made in a place two hours flight away without consulting the people in the region.
Mr Palmer said North Queensland needed its own representatives to fight for the declining roads, hospital services and mining industry.
"It takes a backseat," he said.
"It's an area that generates so much wealth for the country that it needs to be prioritised."