Mar 26, 2012

Labor decimated in Queensland

Crikey media wrap: "Can-do" Campbell Newman "can did" on the weekend, leading the Liberal-National Party to a crushing victory of Queensland Labor and winning a likely 78 seats in a 89-seat parliament.

Amber Jamieson — Freelance journalist in New York

Amber Jamieson

Freelance journalist in New York

“Can-do” Campbell Newman “can did” on the weekend, leading the Liberal-National Party to a crushing victory of Queensland Labor and winning a likely 78 seats in a 89-seat parliament.

“It is much more than a loss, it is without doubt a devastating defeat,” conceded Labor leader Anna Bligh, as she announced her resignation as Labor leader and from her seat. Even Newman admitted he was surprised by the scope of the win, telling journalists after the win that “it’s surreal”.

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48 thoughts on “Labor decimated in Queensland

  1. Stephen

    I disagree with Albo’s lame ‘it’s time’ take, which seems to have been borrowed from the lamented demise of Whitlam’s better half.

    I think this is partly about Labor having little product differentiation, being egregiously like the Liberals, and breaking its promises just as egregiously.

    The good thing Bligh allowed before the axe fell was a better appraisal of Wivenhoe. As she seems more personable than Gillard, her fate cannot bode well for the latter.

  2. gapot

    The new government in QLD should pass a law ASAP that any candidate who resigns for the reason Bligh made should be forced to pay the cost of a byelection. This woman has no morals.

  3. botswana bob

    The conventional wisdom seems to be the wipeout is due to “its time” or the fact that Bligh was female. In the previous election blokes elected Bligh, and if the government was competent–which it wasn’t–it wouldn’t have been wiped. The cost of living was a big issue. Power, water and public transport shot into the ionosphere and everytime a bill arrived it reminded one to vote against Labor.

  4. AJH

    To decimate is to reduce by one tenth. It comes from the Roman practice of drawing lots and executing one soldier in ten. This is clear from the name “deci/mate”.

    Labor were more than decimated.

  5. Edward James

    @ Capot. I think it would be better for taxpayers if the second pklace candiate took the seat. Failing that easy fix which could be legislated for all elections in future. Then yes the person breaking faith with their trusting constituents the way Anna Bligh has, should pay the full cost of a by election!
    @ Stephen The Wivenhoe issue was presided over by a dysfunctional Labor government just like Heiner asnd Shreddergate. While so many Labor team players have been put in the street where they belong in NSW and Queensland, the damage they have accomadated is yet to be exposed for all to consider by a Royal Commission. It is time for Can do newman to represent the peoples. Edward James

  6. Wexford

    Thanks AJH for saving me the time in posting my own pedantic correction. And doing it better than I would have!

  7. New Cassandra

    I loved Clive Palmer’s reaction Saturday night.

    First Queensland, next Juliar

    I may have to re-subscribe to Crikey soon to enjoy you leftoids gnashing your teeth.

  8. guytaur

    The usual politics is happening. Those of Conservative bent talking up the significance of the result while those on the left talk it down. This especially st the Federal level.
    The real lesson has not been learnt. Frustrated vooters punish more the longer they have to wait to give their verdict.
    This is out of a sense of injustice. Labor has failed them in three states. Now we have seen disullusion already with two of those ( Victoria and NSW).
    Over time this will happen again with the Colition in the role of incompetence. If they are not careful the two majors could dissappear. The left further ahead has lready had two parties emerge of which The Democrats have died, but the Greens march on. On the right we have seen Pauline Hanson nd now Bob Katter. I predict Katter will go down the same way in party terms. This because of the one person party, unless Mr Katter can do what Mr Zbrown did. Stick at it for 40 years with principle gaining trust and respect even from people who will never vote for you. Eventually, though a credible prty on he right will emerge.
    This could meand Greens vs Katter (insert other names as appropriate) in the battle for government in future years.

  9. jj

    With reuslts like this it is worth thinking about an electoral system that is more proportional. Ie in Tasmania and the ACT.- Hare – Clark in Tas – not sure on ACT

    A party ( ie LNP on Sat) that gets almost 50% of the primary vote certainly should govern. But with the labor party getting about 26% of the vote yet only about 8-9% of the seats. Likewise Aust Party with 11% – 2 seats and the Greens 7.6% and no seats.

    Optional preferential voting may also have contributed as well

    Surely in a one house state this situation is not ideal. food for thought

    It will be interesting to see if the new premier will grant Labor -party status

  10. SBH

    just a small thing Amber, could ‘decimated’ be relagated to describing a reduction of one in ten and thereby regain some meaning? There’s much to be said for British understatement and against American hyperbolic useage.

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