With more than 42% of the vote counted in the Queensland election, it has been declared this evening by Wayne Swan @SwannyQLD that “an electoral earthquake” is occurring. Anthony Greene of the ABC [@AntonyGreenABC] was even asked to confirm whether the computer was broken and there really are 15-20% swings going on against LNP. But the slaughter we are seeing on Queensland screens is real and a very firm warning it seems for the LNP all over the country, most particularly at the helm I suspect.
LNP representative David Crisafulli [@DavidCrisafulli] says the statewide results so far are “quite frightening” and declares that even his own seat is in “a bit of trouble”. The media reports at 8pm are declaring that Campbell Newman has “lost” his seat of Ashgrove and that there is a lot of bloodshed to come.
Left-leaning Queensland journalist Paul Syvret was tweeting “Holy feckin crap #qldvotes how do you go from the biggest majority in history to possibly unable to call tonight?” as the voted sat at a 40-33 majority for the ALP without preferences distributed at 8pm and Newman clearly down 10% in his own seat after greens preferences are handed to Kate Jones. It is not going to be a pretty night.
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Tony Abbott, who stayed out of Campbell Newman’s fight will no doubt be watching in horror after his torturous week in politics, where it seemed likely his own party was turning against him. And Clive Palmer remains, at this point of the night, seatless, despite fielding John Bjelke Petersen in the seat of Callide, up against Jeff Seeney. It is an interesting political landscape on Twitter, where those in red shirts are crowing their strength and those in blue are silently mortified. Share your thoughts tonight… Is this one big fight against privatisation on the whole, is it the backlash for a struggling Queensland economy, or has Campbell lost this election for his team?