Sep 25, 2008

QLD National Liberal love in

Perhaps the death of one party opens the way for the birth of another, writes Bernard Keane.

Yesterday an email was sent out from the Queensland Liberal National party campaign HQ to the party’s new regional officials seeking nominations and recommendations of people “you think appropriate and would recommend we approach” to stand for the Liberal Nationals.

The email was sent by Andrew Bibb, Senior Consultant with Australian Public Affairs. Bibb asked for: “Information on potential candidates that sitting LNP Elected Officials may know of in any of the 66 seats we will be fielding new candidates in; Potential Campaign Committee Officials and Campaign operatives.”

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  1. Richard McGuire

    So the QLD Nats and that nasty piece of work Santo Santoro have “moderate Liberals voting with their feet.” The poor luvs. Though it’s hardly a scene new to QLD politics. Go back twenty or so years. Who could forget the pummelling Terry White received at the hands of Bjelke Peterson? The defections of Lane and Austin to the Nationals. Things change yet they remain the same. Or so it seems, but for optional preferential voting, introduced to QLD for state elections, as part of the post Fitzgerald reforms. Bitter experience has taught the conservative parties, that a majority of Queenslanders exhaust their vote rather than pass on preferences. Which kind of made three cornered contests redundant. The marriage of the two conservative parties in QLD was born out of necessity not love, Despite the angst of moderate Liberals and the manoeuvrerings of Santo, the merger seems to have given the conservatives a boost in the latest polls. Granted it is still a work in progress, but Bernard should not overlook these factors when commenting on the issue in future.

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