Dec 8, 2017

Poll Bludger: as Tim Nicholls finally concedes, what has the LNP learned?

As the LNP licks its wounds, it would do well to consider what damage the 'toffs in Ascot' did to their chances in regional QLD

William Bowe — Editor of The Poll Bludger

William Bowe

Editor of The Poll Bludger

Even before Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls conceded this morning, it was already beyond reasonable doubt that Labor would go into the next Queensland parliament with a majority in its own right.

Nicholls had grimly hung on to the theoretical chance that One Nation could pull off a late upset at Labor’s expense in the Townsville seats of Thuringowa and Mundingburra, a possibility that was put to rest when full preference distributions were conducted today.

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10 thoughts on “Poll Bludger: as Tim Nicholls finally concedes, what has the LNP learned?

  1. old greybearded one

    Lesson one. Anthony Green is right. Lesson two, Queensland has not forgiven you for Can’t Do Newman. Boswell is not doubt correct about how regional voters feel. Berejiklian in NSW is spending fortunes on nothing productive in Sydney, while Western NSW has dreadful services, health mental health,transport. Unfortunately they also have a collection of bungling numbskulls known as the Nationals as the alternative.

    1. Hugh (Charlie) McColl

      Sorry Greybeard but it was No Can Do Newman.
      I still can’t see why it’s any harder for the LNP to project itself all over the state than it is for Labor. It’s just that this time around the two faces of Annastacia worked a treat for the Adani Labor Party, her last minute backflip on the NAIF loan sent all the chickens scurrying for cover and the LNP with nowhere to go.

  2. zut alors

    The numbers for Palaszczuk have a little more ‘fat’ in them with the election of the Greens candidate in Maiwar.

    At least Labor can now confidently legislate to stop Qld’s appalling rate of land clearing – last time the Bill failed when the crossbenchers sided with the LNP. Politicians in Qld are notorious for suddenly quitting their party & going independent….so, stay tuned over the next 3 years, anything can happen.

    1. Hugh (Charlie) McColl

      Zut, you may recall also that Palaszczuk sacked one of her own soon after the last election. She thought the NQ member was going to so badly taint her government with accusations of DV that she had him kicked out of the party – only to find that the accusations were groundless (or at least not actionable), she no longer had a majority and when the sacked member joined the cross bench he occasionally voted against the ALP – including on land clearing legislation. He didn’t get mad, he got even by taking out his grievance on the Queensland countryside. Perhaps the premier will be a little less impulsive this time around although, as we know, the backrooms are still filled with anonymous figures bolted to Adani, asset sales and developer mates.

  3. klewso

    “Ascot”? It’s not that far from Hendra.

  4. MJM

    ” .. three seats for Katter’s Australian Party ..” Heaven help the others. Bob Katter’s performances in the HoR on Wednesday evening and during Thursday were mind- blowingly incomprehensible.

  5. AR

    The COALition currently rules in Canberra so perhaps its appendage in the Deep North could be called the Dissolution?

  6. klewso

    Nicholls replacement? Who’s Santoro saddling up this time?

  7. Wallywonga

    Another fascinating Qld election; Palaszczuk’s unique casual charm has put her in the history books, and again with a high percentage of women with her.
    Lets not make all the talk about LNP failure.
    Boswell and Co just can’t get over the fact that in the JBP era Qld was theirs; while Joyce still maintains a political glimmer for the nationals federally, there is no other shining stars out there, state or federally. And Joyce’s enduring appeal to decent rural folk is an ongoing puzzle, given the company he obviously prefers

  8. Jeff Dixon

    This new layout is not very readable. Why are the texts set with centre alignment instead of left alignment?

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