Oct 30, 2017

Poll Bludger: One Nation factor makes a powder keg of Qld election

Thanks to the One Nation factor, the Queensland election promises to be the most volatile and unpredictable in recent Australian history

William Bowe — Editor of The Poll Bludger

William Bowe

Editor of The Poll Bludger

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk 

Another red-letter date has been added to Australia's already crowded electoral calendar, after Annastacia Palaszczuk yesterday initiated a short and sharp four-week state election campaign in Queensland.

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13 thoughts on “Poll Bludger: One Nation factor makes a powder keg of Qld election

  1. zut alors

    re the South Brisbane seat: Jackie Trad has enjoyed popularity but since the last state election residential highrise development has reached Plague proportions in the area, particularly in West End. A controversial & inappropriate development in the heart of West End (on the old Absoe site) has enraged many locals – this was probably responsible for getting the first Greens councillor, Jonathan Sri, into office.

    Normally the Greens preferences would’ve ensured the Labor candidate a win (this is how Bligh held the seat) but the new system complicates the choice. You are spot on, voters will be dreading having to hold their noses.

  2. John Hall

    I suspect that One Nation will Implode in due course – no matter how well they may initially perform. Pauline sucks at teamwork; the only one she managed to keep by her side wasn’t even a citizen. Vale Mr 3% Roberts – it will be amusing if he can convince a few more lumps of coal to vote for him in Pauline’s Hearth Land. Happy Heating.

    1. zut alors

      Agree 100% about imploding despite the potential for One Nation to be a legit political movement.

      Aside from the principle skill of attracting the media – reminiscent of flies to a cow pat – Hanson’s other talent lies in self-destruction due to woeful judgement selecting those around her. This blindness is evident particularly in regard to males.

  3. Nudiefish

    No holding noses for me – nothing but fresh air I’m happy to say.
    For the first time in my life I am going to vote informal. I’m sick of parties gaming the f&^%$ system. If none of them are going to produce policies that will help the electorate then stuff the lot of them.

  4. brian crooks

    while its pretty well accepted the the average queenslander is politically pretty dumb and seem to like corrupt dictators like Jo Peterson and raving loonies like hanson and roberts, I dont think they are ready for another dose of the politically super corrupt L.N.P again this quick, and particularly when they see the shambles and the political corruption of the federal mob that is unravelling day by day, my guess is labor returned with a working majority and one nation taking a swag of seats from the LNP then mass exodus of surviving LNP to one nation and bernadi.

    1. Nudiefish

      It is apparent that you are certainly pretty dumb…

  5. klewso

    What a stitch-up?
    As you sew …. changing the fabric of the voting system, a four year term and a foursome with Adani (Limited News Party, Labor, Hanson) – who’s on top?
    Palaszczuk or “Porkies” Nicholls (Santoro’s glove-puppet) – God help us?

    1. klewso

      Personally I’m hoping for a knife-edge parliament with “Porkpies” at the beck and call of Hanson’s Muppet Show – imploding in two years – under a deluge of scandals – the only way some people learn…..

  6. AR

    The mere fact that Blot regularly has the Campbell ‘penis-in-a-suit’ Newman as a pundit on his TV show, despite his being the epitome of Can’t Do, sez a lot about the dearth of political nouse in tory ranks.
    Unfortunately, we aren’t talking humans in the electorate here, they’re only banana-benders.

    1. Nudiefish

      Ok, so Queenslanders are not even humans anymore? Ah… ok….

      Yet, NSW is responsible for Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison and a totally corrupt State ALP (and it also has significant support for PON itself); South Australia has Julie Bishop AND Christopher Pyne, Western Australia has inflicted Michaelia Cash and Andrew Hastie upon the country; and let’s not forget the Apple Isle with Eric Abetz. True, Queensland is responsible for Duton and Brandis, but to suggest that only we are capable of producing duds is obviously biased BS.

      Queensland has also produced Australia’s only communist member of parliament and gave birth to the Australian Labor party.

      Instead of treating a large segment of the Australian electorate with contempt, you might wonder why your fellow Australians are turning their back upon the comfortable status quo that the Southern States seem to enjoy. Flipping in turn from from one right wing party to the other (yes, labor is very right wing nowadays) is not taking the country anywhere good. If Queensland is burning down the neoliberal house by going for radicals and outsiders perhaps this is the short term pain that we need? In any case, the comfortable rut that you Southerners prefer is about to get a shakeup and I for one don’t mind a bit.

      1. MAC TEZ

        While it is a bit silly to make out that any one State of OZ is any better or worse than another when it comes to picking putrid pollies , it’s hard to argue that voting informal is the smart option.

  7. Erasmus

    For those wishing to express their disgust at the treatment of the refugees on Manus Island, the PM’s office phone number is 02 62777700
    All I needed to provide was a first name and electorate.
    Took 20 seconds and it was good to hear a human voice at the end of the line.
    After all the petitions I’ve signed, emails sent and money donated, etc., I felt I’d hit a blank wall but feel a little better for speaking to the PM’s office….though not holding my breath!!

    1. AR

      Erasmus – your experience of reaching a human might put off a lot of people who are happy to opine on many platforms & forae might be daunted by the need to put their thoughts into a coherent narrative, even though the interlocutor on the other end would be highly trained and restricted to a prompt sheet of responses.
      I shall give it a try. Thanks.

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