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Queensland’s election year shadowed by federal in-fighting, scandals and voter fatigue

TJ Ryan Foundation Research Associate, Chris Salisbury, writes in The Conversation (17.2.20) about the Queensland election due in October this year, and the internal wrangles distracting both the Labor government and the LNP opposition.

'With cries of “Quexit!” still echoing faintly in our ears, Queenslanders head towards a state election in October.

'For many, interest lies in whether federal Labor’s poor showing in Queensland at last year’s national election was a portent for the state Labor government. While there’s plenty at stake locally, recent National Party disunity and federal Coalition turmoil could also have a pronounced influence on Queensland’s election year.

'Interestingly, latest polling figures put Annastacia Palaszczuk’s government and the Liberal National Party opposition neck and neck. After a turbulent last six months for Palaszczuk, questions are being raised about a lack of “cut-through” by LNP leader Deb Frecklington. Underlying it all is apparently growing voter indifference to both. Their leaderships will undergo a litmus test at a coming Gold Coast by-election on March 28.

'… Anything less than a convincing by-election result will heighten pressure on Frecklington’s leadership, with whispers emerging of a desire for change at the top. A messy leadership swap would again expose an uneasy relationship between the LNP’s constituent Nationals and Liberals, and repeat the party’s tendency to electorally self-implode.'

 

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