Queenslanders have had a gutful of their unions-controlled Labor Party state government and are really looking forward to tossing them out at the state election scheduled to be held in October.
A recent poll revealed the opposition Liberal National Party of Queensland (LNP) was ahead of Labor by 52 per cent to 48 per cent on a two-party preferred basis, due to the Labor government’s handling of the cost-of-living crisis, crime and health.
The results, if replicated at this year’s State election, would deliver a majority government to the LNP.
ALP powerbrokers will be watching public polling to see if it mirrors internal polling showing voters are starting to tire of the long-term government.
Queensland could be one of the first Labor governments to fall in mainland Australia.
The Liberal-National Coalition currently just holds office in Tasmania.
However, Labor only holds six of 30 federal seats in Queensland, with Prime Minister Albanese needing to win Queenslanders’ support in order to gain a second term in office.
The polling results don’t bode well for the Labor-Greens Federal or State governments.
Last year, former Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk insisted she was the best person to lead Labor to the 2024 state election, despite polls showing her government was on track to lose.
“I love my job and I love working for the people of this state,” she said.
Shortly after, she resigned after nearly nine years as leader, amid fears her government was headed for a defeat at October’s election and was also weighing down federal Labor’s prospects in the crucial state.
Ms Palaszczuk had been fighting losing battles on multiple fronts, including rising youth crime, hospital failures and a housing crunch, and was forced to abandon treaties with so-called ‘First Nations’ groups after Queensland recorded a resounding ‘No’ vote in the Voice referendum.
As a result, former Deputy Premier Steven Miles was selected to face the wrath of voters – thrown in the deep end to hopefully save the ALP government from a catastrophic loss.
However, instead of focussing on key issues like healthcare, housing, youth crime, and cost-of-living, he used his first speech as Premier to outline his plan for a 75% emissions reduction target by 2035 !
“We are making a very clear statement to the world that Queensland is the place to do business if you’re looking to use clean energy to create prosperity,” he said.
The Queensland government had earlier committed to a 30% reduction by 2035 and net zero by 2050. Now they want to increase it to 75% by 2035 despite the fact that Queensland only emits a tiny fraction of Australia’s 1% of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
The simple fact is, nothing the Queensland government does will make any difference whatsoever to global CO2 emissions – it’s all just pure virtue-signalling.
So there it is for all to see, in a Queensland beset with huge problems, the new Premier’s primary focus will be on virtue-signalling and, of course, giving the unions a suitable reward for ousting Palaszczuk and making him the State’s new Premier.
Opposition Leader, David Crisafulli, could only shake his head when he heard the new Premier’s maiden speech. “Two words sum up this government, chaos and crisis,” he said.
He believes the Labor government is “at war with themselves,” and it’s hard not to agree.
David Crisafulli also said he was not paying much attention to polls at this stage. He believes Queenslanders want him to be focused on issues that affect them directly.
“Forty-three per cent ambulance ramping, 17 per cent repeat young offenders, 50,000 people waiting for social housing – they are the only numbers Queenslanders want me talking about,” he said.
He went on to say, ”I have to maintain focus on the things that matter to Queenslanders. Right now, there are all manner of crises that need to be solved – health, housing, youth crime, cost-of-living.”
Hopefully, Queenslanders will come to the conclusion that it’s time for a change of government at both State and Federal levels.
Thanks to Financial Review for some of this article’s contents and Johannes Leak for his wonderful cartoon