AU – Queensland election: Annastacia Palaszczuk confident of winning historic third term


Labor retains Queensland regional headquarters and strengthens its grip on the south-eastern state, which could lead to an increase in the majority

Annastacia Palaszczuk says she is convinced that Labor has won a clear majority in Queensland and that she becomes the first woman in the country’s history to win three consecutive elections

The basis for the Labor Party’s electoral victory was a defense of Queensland’s regional seats which were seen as vulnerable after voters in those same regions bowed behind the Coalition in the 2019 federal election

In a campaign heavily influenced by a global pandemic, Queensland Labor has tightened its grip on urban areas in southeast Queensland The large number of pre-election and postal votes meant the result of more a dozen seats was still uncertain, but Labor will form the government and likely increase its majority

« It has not been an easy year for many, many people, » said Palaszczuk, declaring victory for a small function at the Blue Fin Fishing Club in his Inala electorate

“For many people in Queensland, I know this has been an incredibly difficult year It has been difficult not being able to see your family and friends in other states, or even all over the world, because we were in the midst of a global pandemic

« I know during this election there are a lot of people in Queensland who voted for the very first time from Labor I thank you from the bottom of my heart and I will pay you that respect every day »

The state’s response to the pandemic and closing its borders has been a defining issue of the campaign But the complexity of Queensland meant that while the handling of the Labor coronavirus was popular with voters, the result was no was never certain

Analysts had predicted that a suspended parliament was likely and Labor would lose regional seats, especially around Townsville, which could be offset by gains on the outskirts of town

In the end, the Labor Party lost only one seat, South Brisbane, where former Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Jackie Trad was beaten by the Greens

The Greens have also occupied the Maiwar headquarters and remain a chance to win another, Cooper

Labor made gains on the southern Sunshine Coast, taking back the seats in Caloundra, a former liberal stronghold, and Pumicestone

He was also in contention at Hervey Bay, with a 14% swing towards government Each of these three regions has a large population of retirees – dubbed the Palaszczuk retirees by Labor during the campaign – and their support for the state management of the pandemic was critical to the outcome

The National Liberal Party threw it all in Townsville, where Labor held – and were willing to keep – three marginal seats The opposition announced a controversial curfew for young people in the northern town at the end of the campaign to try to exploit community perceptions of crime

All the while, Labor had believed its northern seats – especially the three in Townsville – and some in central Queensland were vulnerable In the laundry room, no seat outside of the southeast is likely to change hands

Opposition leader Deb Frecklington conceded defeat on the night but said she intended to remain at the helm of the LNP

« I may not agree with the Prime Minister most of the time, but I respect her as an opponent and as the head of our state But most of all I respect the voters of Queensland And we we are so privileged to live in this democracy

« No other party has worked harder than the National Liberal Party You gave it your all, but it was not our time But our time will come And we will put Queensland back to work »

Clive Palmer, the biggest spending spender on election advertising, had a dreadful night Not only did Palmer’s unfounded fear campaign fail to harm Labor, his United Australia party won 06% of the vote total

Federal Labor President Wayne Swan has called for new laws to prevent such a campaign from happening in the future

« There needs to be major reform in political advertising and we need to seriously look at the registration of what I call pretense parties like the Palmer party, » Swan told Guardian Australia

The other big loser in the election was One Nation Three years ago the right-wing party had significant influence over the election outcome This time around it held the party’s only seat, Mirani, but statewide, one nation’s vote fell 68%

Labor Party election victory will see Palaszczuk place himself in the pantheon of revered Labor leaders The party’s repeated success in a complex state hinges on its personal popularity and appeal, which bridges the city-country divide

She joins Wayne Goss and Peter Beattie as recent Labor prime ministers to win three elections If she sees the four-year term, Palaszczuk will have served longer than both

Labor has now won 11 of the last 12 elections in Queensland – and that could be the loss that prompts most serious pursuit of the LNP

Former LNP Prime Minister Campbell Newman said his party’s stocks were already low before the pandemic

« The NLP primary vote was 36% a year ago – we had a problem before the pandemic »

Spare me the COVID-19 excuse for what is happening tonight in Qld NLP primary vote was 36% a year ago We had a problem before the pandemic

Already before the elections, the moderates had started to discuss the need to separate the liberal and national parties

« The merged entity just does not please the townspeople It’s a failed marriage, » said a figure from the NL

Annastacia Palaszczuk, Queensland, Deb Frecklington, Queensland State Election 2020, Queensland National Liberal Party, Australian Labor Party

World News – UA Elections – Queensland: Annastacia Palaszczuk confident of securing historic third term



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