What does one make of the Queensland Election results?
The ALP are at best left with seven seats of the 89 member parliament. The ALP are not the ‘opposition’ now, but rather a glorified interest group with no talent left in Parliament, little presence in the vital South Eastern corner of the state and its organisational structure left in chaos.
Statistically, the ALP are at their lowest ebb in Queensland history. They have been shown up as tactically inept, with poor communication skills, and a lack of policy credentials. It is easy to blame Anna Bligh, no doubt most will, but most of the blame lies with her advisers. The extraordinary loss would have been minimized if the ALP had chosen to preference the Greens, the campaign dragged on for far too long, and the decision not to go to the polls last year during Bligh’s temporary rise in popularity as a result of the State's floods were all foolish mistakes. As a result, the ALP have destroyed any legacy they could lay claim to.
The bigger questions lie with the short and medium term futures of the Queensland Parliament. What does it say when a Premier has been elected before representing his seat in Parliament? How will the Government be held accountable for its inevitable mistakes with only 13 MPs not representing the LNP? Is parliament even necessary? This is a very sad day indeed for robust debate.
It will be gone from Queensland for the next three years.