In the wake of the October 2020 state election result, TJ Ryan Foundation Research Associate, Chris Salisbury, offers an assessment (30.4.21) of the standing of Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk compared to her recent Labor predecessors who similarly won a third term in office.
'The 2020 Queensland election was notable for several 'firsts'. Among these, it was the first state (or federal) election in Australia where two women led the contesting major parties - and the second overall, after Rosemary Follett and Kate Carnell led the Labor and Liberal parties respectively at the 1995 ACT election.
'Regardless of the outcome, the 2020 state election guaranteed that, barring a resignation during the ensuing term, a woman would be Queensland’s Premier for the next four years - which would make fourteen of the last seventeen years in this state.
'... In winning the 31 October poll, Annastacia Palaszczuk became the first woman in Australia to win three general elections. By the time of the next state election in October 2024, Labor will have been in office in Queensland for roughly 30 of the last 35 years. Palaszczuk has now been Queensland’s Premier for longer than her much heralded Labor predecessor, Wayne Goss, who’s 1989 election win ended 32 years of conservative government in this state.'