MASSACRE! Australian Left records worst election result since Federation (Updated)

Queensland has decisively rejected Labor, reducing them to a political rump which may not even achieve party status (10 or more seats in the new parliament).

While State issues have strong influence in State elections this is a severe repudiation of Labor and its National policies – notably the despised carbon tax and the assault on State revenues through an additional profits tax on mining States’ main exports of coal and iron ore (mainly afflicting Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia).

Watch for Federal Labor to blink and delay the proposed carbon tax until the next election (which they will inevitably lose short several industrial-grade miracles).

Politicians globally are likely to take this bloodbath as a warning – voters will not tolerate enormous and entirely pointless energy taxes imposed to “address” a problem which does not exist.

This is the beginning of the political demise of global warming, carbon constraint and energy rationing. Moreover voters have severely thrashed the anti-development Greens and obstructive environmentalism.

The people have spoken. It’s development all the way.

Update: Bligh in bloodbath as ALP trounced in Queensland election (AAP)

Update II: Queensland election – and why it spells death to Gillard (Andrew Bolt)

Update III: 2012 Queensland State Elections: ALP smashed as Newman romps in (Sunday Telegraph)

Can-Do Newman to head party of power (The Australian)

Update IV: ‘An absolute shocker’: Queensland Labor humiliated (Brisbane Times)

Bligh quits Parliament

Anna Bligh has quit the Queensland Parliament in the wake of Labor’s humiliating electoral defeat.

Ms Bligh told a media conference this morning Queensland had sent her and her government an overwhelming message.

Bligh said today was a “heartbreaking day” for the Labor Party in Queensland and the party needed to focus immediately on rebuilding.

“This is not a task that can be achieved with me at the head of the team or indeed as part of the team,” she said.

Her decision to resign from the seat of South Brisbane, which she has represented since 1995, will become effective on Friday.

Labor was last night reduced to between six and eight seats in the 89-seat Queensland Parliament in a debilitating defeat.

“This result is absolutely shattering for the Australian Labor Party. This is much more than a loss; it is without doubt a devastating defeat,” Ms Bligh said during her press conference today. (Brisbane Times)

Update V: Julia Gillard’s party is just about over as Labor routed in Queensland (Daily Telegraph)

Gillard has plenty to fear from wipe-out (The Age)

Update VI: Julia Gillard’s party is just about over as Labor routed in Queensland

LABOR hit the panic button yesterday as the size of the Queensland election catastrophe and its obvious implications for the Gillard government struck home.

Anna Bligh quit parliament after Labor was all but wiped out as voters linked Ms Bligh’s broken promise on asset sales to Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s on the carbon tax. (Daily Telegraph)

Ignore this bloodbath at your peril (Daily Telegraph)

Queensland tips balance of power to states

The massive humiliation dealt to Labor in the Queensland election was largely a test of voter dissatisfaction with the Bligh government. But coming on top of the electoral debacle for Labor in NSW one year ago, and with conservative gains in Western Australia and Victoria, the federal implications for the minority Labor government are devastating, not only for the next election but also for its policy agenda in the interim.

Labor’s style of governance – once dominant – is being rejected by the voters. The period of state politics dominated by moderate media-political savvy Labor premiers such as Bob Carr and Morris Iemma in NSW, Steve Bracks and John Brumby in Victoria, Peter Beattie and Anna Bligh in Queensland, Mike Rann in South Australia, Geoff Gallop and Alan Carpenter in Western Australia, is over.

The balance of political power has shifted decisively to the conservative governments in mining boom development states of Queensland, WA and NSW, the biggest state and the nation’s financial centre, now ferociously anti-Labor. And the conservative state governments have now accumulated enough power to flex their muscle against Labor’s policies, including the big federal mining and carbon taxes, signalling the beginning of a new era of federal-state relations.

The conservative states will inevitably wield their new-found power more aggressively in federal-state negotiations. Federal Labor will pay the price for failing to negotiate a tax reform agenda with the states over mining royalties. Premier-elect Campbell Newman says he is not against the mining tax, but is adamant Queensland must be paid back every dollar it earns in mining tax proceeds to spend on infrastructure, joining WA in arguing for a larger share of tax revenue for the state. (Financial Review)

Tax, lies and slurs lead Anna Bligh mutiny

FATAL news for Julia Gillard. Labor’s humiliating annihilation in Queensland proves voters can’t forgive a politician who lies – and then taxes them.

Worse, it proved Opposition Leader Tony Abbott was right to say Saturday’s election was in part a referendum on the carbon tax.

Oh, and a third lesson: sliming opposition leaders is dangerous.

Bang. Three out of three. The Prime Minister’s re-election hopes destroyed.

For her, the Queensland results – with Labor reduced to perhaps just seven seats in a Parliament of 89 – could not have been worse.

First, the parallel that will terrify the Gillard Government.

Before the 2009 Queensland election, Premier Anna Bligh promised there would not be a scrapping of the state’s 8c-a-litre petrol subsidy under a government she led.

“I will not kick (Queenslanders) when they are down and I will not abolish the petrol subsidy,” she vowed.

But just three months after the election, she did precisely that. Plus she announced a huge fire sale of state assets – something she’d never mentioned during the election campaign.

Voters had been tricked. And then they were taxed.

Bligh lost the election right there. Voters were outraged at being played for mugs.

In the next Galaxy poll two months later, two thirds said they were dissatisfied with Bligh, and Labor plummeted to 41 per cent to the Opposition’s 59 of the two-party vote.

Labor has stayed in the death zone, more or less, ever since. Bligh got a sugar hit during last years floods, but, fundamentally, voters no longer trusted her or listened. Remind you of anyone in Canberra? (Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun)

Update VII: Julia Gillard surprised by dimensions of Labor’s defeat in Queensland

LABOR strategists say the party’s only hope federally is to reconnect with its traditional support base, as Julia Gillard denied the Queensland election wipeout had federal implications.

The Prime Minister today admitted she was surprised at the extent of the Queensland result – which has left Labor with as few as six MPs in the state – but she said the poll was overwhelmingly fought on state issues.

“There was clearly a major ‘it’s time’ factor after Labor having been in government for so long,” Ms Gillard said in Seoul, where she is attending a nuclear security summit.

She said Queensland voters had “shouted” their disapproval of the Bligh government and their will had to be respected.

“For Queensland Labor it will be about listening to that message, getting out and about, in the community, forging the community bonds and links and renewing Labor in Queensland,” Ms Gillard said.

Labor insiders agreed, but argued the election result was a wake-up call to the party federally.

“We have a problem with the base vote. It just seems to be going down,” a senior source said.

“We are losing people to the left, to the right and now to the Katters of the world.

“We need to focus on how we get back that base vote, that core block or support, for rebuilding.

“A large part of our strategy for being successful at the federal election needs to be reconnecting with our base.”

Ms Gillard batted away suggestions she had a trust issue with voters, pitting her credibility on the economic management and service delivery against that of Mr Abbott. (The Australian)

12 responses to “MASSACRE! Australian Left records worst election result since Federation (Updated)

  1. Reblogged this on Climate Ponderings and commented:
    Mr Obama – Take note.

  2. Have a go Queensland. Hope the U. S. does the same thing this November.

  3. The elephant in the room is Agenda 21. Australians don’t know about it and those who do, do not want it.
    We want a General Election and we need a main stream media that will keep us informed.
    If we had that Labor would have lost every seat in Queensland.

  4. Could one of you fine Aussies tell us more about your government?
    I’m not understanding all this.

    I know Queensland is a state/province in NE Australia. I know they had
    an election. Labor lost; Liberal National Party won. Is Labor liberal, and
    Liberal conservative? Hearing (L)iberals won doesn’t make me happy.

    Were these seats in the state legislature, or seats in national parliament?

    Is the “premier” like a governor of the state? Are they elected indirectly?

    Y’all are giddy as school girls. Please spell out why, as it’s not so obvious
    to me (us?) across the ocean.

    • This is a State election for state legislature seats. Despite being roughly the same size as the continental U.S. Australia has only 6 states and 2 territories. Queensland has only one House, there is no Senate unlike most states and federal politics.

      The Labor Party is the name of our Socialists and many are ex-Communists – they roughly equate to your Democrats. The Liberal National Party is the amalgamation of our Liberal Party (Republicans) and National Party (Texas Republicans). Such descriptions are only approximate but ALP (Australian Labor Party & yes, they use American spelling for “Labor” since they were funded ex US in the early 20th Century) = the looney Left while the LNP = the rational Right. The ALP is labor union funded and controlled.

      The LNP is a Queensland peculiarity, formed from the formal merger of the Liberal Party (dominant in urban regions) and National Party (rural) to form a more cohesive and effective conservative coalition. In all other states and territories Liberals and Nationals compete in elections although they are a formal coalition in Opposition and Government.

      Government is Australia is in three levels, local government (councils, shires, districts), state government and Federal. All levels are tightly integrated politically and dominated by the same protagonists, Labor and The Coalition (Liberals and Nationals), there are some mad patches with Greens in councils mostly, although there are the odd examples of State and Federal seats. Additionally there are Independents and minor party representatives.

      Premiers (and Chief Ministers in the Territories) are not directly elected but are simply the Leader (elected within parties) of particular State parties from within the pool of sitting members and are regularly changed by the parties without reference to the electorate.

      This election is being viewed as a bellwether due to similarities with the Federal election (technically a couple of years away but also just one scandal, disaffected Independent or government seat vacancy away). The similarity of note is pre-election party leaders (both women, in this case) made categorical and/or implicit promises and then did otherwise post election.

      In Queensland that was the sale of State assets, obstruction of private enterprise and particularly rising energy costs (Queenslanders enjoyed a State gasoline subsidy of about $0.20/gal which was promised protected before election and promptly scrapped post election), although Queensland lies over enormous resources of high-density (carbon and energy) coal, electricity cost have been climbing steeply, doubling over a few years with more to come.

      Nationally I imagine you’ve seen the youtube clips of Prime Minister Julia Gillard stating categorically there will be no carbon tax under any government she leads, only to promptly introduce one at the behest of her Green masters in a cobbled together minority government of Labor/Independent/Green. Despite earlier good will as Australia’s first female PM she now has a toxic reputation for dishonesty and it is common to see her referenced here as “JuLIAR”.

      Besides the tarnishing, actually complete trashing of the Labor brand there are practical considerations as Labor loses State elections (4 of 6 now). Australian political parties get public monies according to the number of votes received (voting is compulsory in Australia) and as the conservative coalition reaps the majority of votes in the States they become more competitive against the union-funded Labor political machine.

      As the States fall to the Coalition by increasing margins it strangely does not diffuse voter anger against Labor but rather builds momentum and Federally Labor is headed for crushing defeat, along with their stupid policies of carbon [dioxide] taxation and soak-the-rich schemes.

      It is the promise of undoing the damage wrought by Socialist governments that causes the ‘giddiness’ of Australians at this election result.

      Hope that helps a bit
      Your Down-Under Ed.

      • Thanks for taking the time to explain, Ed. Very interesting!

        Congratulations to Queensland!

        In our 2010 U.S. elections, an entire generation of Democrat representatives
        to the U.S. House were thrown out. We conservatives were giddy then,
        too. The Rep in my district had served for 24 years! The Republicans didn’t
        even oppose him in 2008. Now he’s gone !!!

        The Democrats still hold the Senate and presidency, so the madness
        continues. Like the Australians in Queensland, we have won a major
        battle. But the war continues. DO NOT REST!

        When are the other two states’ elections?

        • The Australian Capital Territory should vote this year, South Australia, Tasmania and possibly the Northern Territory in 2013 (not too sure about NT, they are a special case).

          Federally the earliest possible date for a House of Representatives election is any Saturday, 33 days after dissolution of House (following a no confidence motion succeeding, inability to pass legislation for supply, etc.). The earliest possible date for a Senate election is Saturday, 3 August 2013. The latest possible date for a joint House/Senate election is Saturday, 30 November 2013.

  5. Congratulations my Aussie neighbours! Having been told by your Climate change guru Tim Flannery that you wouldn’t see rain again, you poured millions into desalination plants. When the rains DID come that witch Bligh and her underlings just didn’t believe it…the dams were mismanaged (where is the inquiry into that by the way?) and Billions of dollars of damage was done (not to mention the lives lost). It’s typical of the left to simply ignore reality, even as it’s bearing down on them, and instead wish it away…to believe in models and not truth.
    Truth is; The left paid for it’s fantasy in Queensland. Let’s hope they pay everywhere else…before more unnecessary damage is done. Good stuff.

  6. The slaughter was predicted, but it became an even bigger drubbing than what was predicted as worst case scenario! Funny how election night commentary becomes rivetting when your side is going well, although I do remember our NSW election commentary(the Labor Party also copped a hiding) being disgusted with leftist apologist crap. Lucky no other people were around to hear my less than savoury comments about their pathetic excuses for getting soundly thrashed. Still, they are lucky that the great throng of dumb Aussies are clueless as to Labor /Greens true agenda,lest they get totally anihilated.

  7. “Politicians globally are likely to take this bloodbath as a warning – voters will not tolerate enormous and entirely pointless energy taxes imposed to “address” a problem which does not exist.”
    More likely, given their immense egos, they will pat themselves on the back for running ‘brilliant’ campaigns against Labor, and return to business as usual – save for the enfeeblement of the Opposition.

  8. The fraud is exposed. sometimes repeats Dante, who taught that those who engaged in “complex lies” spent eternity in the most painful parts of Hell.
    Hopefully, this will give Labor politicians time to reconsider the choices they make, and strive for more truth, fewer lies, and take less bribes from special interests, to do things like build unnecessary desalinization plants.

  9. What is the difference between Queensland Labor and a Tarago?

    The Tarago has eight seats

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