Queensland goes back to a dark future. The Liberal National Party cannot form government in its own right.
Congrats to the hard working unionists in Qld Great result We built on Vic, will build on Qld and roll it out Nationally #ausunions— Dave Oliver (@actudave) January 31, 2015
Turn out the lights Queensland.
The debt-addicted, Greens-appeasing, soft on crime Labor Party is back after just 3 years.
The scale of this collective Queensland lunacy is hard to comprehend.
Campbell Newman was out of touch with his electors and he's paid the price. But even with his shortcomings, the election of a Labor/Greens collective so soon after their disastrous last performance is beyond my comprehension. How could 1.4 million people be so stupid?
Here is some analysis of the spectacular result for Campbell Newman's LNP in 2012.
The Labor Party (ALP), led by Premier Anna Bligh, was defeated by the opposition Liberal National Party (LNP), led by Campbell Newman. It is only the sixth time that Queenslanders have ousted a sitting government since 1915. The ALP was attempting to win a ninth consecutive election victory, having won every general election since 1989 although it was out of office between 1996 and 1998. Katter's Australian Party contested its first election. Before the election, it held two seats whose members had been elected as LNP candidates.
Labor suffered one of the worst defeats of a state government since Federation, and the worst defeat of a sitting government in Queensland history. From 51 seats in 2009, it was reduced to only seven seats, suffering a swing of 15.6 percentage points. The LNP won a majority for the first time in its history, jumping from 34 seats to 78 seats to win the largest majority government in Queensland history. It was the first outright non-Labor majority since the Queensland Nationals won their last victory in 1986.
Now after just 3 years Campbell Newman is gone, lost his seat and the LNP cannot form government in its own right. Queensland is in better shape for the Newman Government's 3 year term. Its wins on crime, gangs and a pro-business mindset had the state moving in the right direction. Now Queenslanders have said no to that and yes to the Labor patronage machine.
Queensland has turfed the boring competent managers and elected the people who brought you the carbon tax, busted borders, pink batts electrocutions, shut down of the cattle industry (particularly in Queensland) and hundreds of billions in debt. This election proves that the people at Labor and Planet Palaszczuk are good at winning elections - and not much else.
Queensland election 2015: Truss says blame unions, not knighthood
DEPUTY Prime Minister Warren Truss insists federal issues such as the knighting of Prince Philip did not poison the Liberal National Party’s election campaign, but admits “all governments” must learn the lessons of the rout.
Mr Truss, leader of the Nationals, spoke to reporters at the LNP function in Brisbane, and criticised the union movement for running a “negative” campaign against asset leases. He said this was the dominant issue of the campaign, not federal concerns.
“It’s obviously much easier to run a negative campaign, than it is to outline a positive agenda for the future,” Mr Truss said.
“And certainly the Newman government has an exciting agenda for infrastructure, for services, and people chose not to embrace the new roads, the new railway lines, the new hospitals, the new schools, but instead vote against the fact that assets were to be leased,” he added.
Asked whether the LNP suffered from Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s knighting of Prince Philip, Mr Truss said: “I think you can only ask the voters that question”.
“It was very clearly a campaign that was run on state matters, but obviously every government in Australia needs to look at an election like this one and seek to learn from the experience, and to make sure any errors that were made are not repeated.”
He said he’d leave the question of who would now lead the LNP to the state party, but said there was a great depth of young talent.
And AnaPal agrees - she thanked the unions for her result too.