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 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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)