An electoral gutting… Campbell concedes his seat and the bloodshed goes on 480



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Campbell Newman has conceded his seat as Queensland’s LNP takes a beating.

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 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.  

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?

At least someone has a sense of humour today!

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  1. The reason is pretty simple. If you decide to spend 3 years tromping all over people, doing or saying absolutely nothing positive, and blaming everything on the people who you took over from a full 3 years ago, then exepct people to change the way they vote.

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    • Lying to the public will do it every time, he said public servants have nothing to worry about ( not true)…Electricity costs down (not true)…campaigned against Labour about assets sales, then wanted to do the same thing & worse, don’t break promises or the public will get rid of you, a good lesson for Abbot.

    • This is Abbott’s 2nd warning in as many elections, maybe he’ll catch on this time? Somehow I doubt it, sadly for Australia.

    • Leonie, straight out of the How To Be a Good LNP Troll by Spreading The Fear and Loathing handbook… Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean everyone’s not out to get you…

    • Troll haha. Add , racist ( its an ideology) , bigot ! Boy add the lot , at least some still have the guts to avoid political correctness and see what’s happening in this country. Perpetrated of course , by people who name call to end debates about it.

    • Glen, I am not a troll, I’m an old lady who has done more than my share of lifting over the years.Please do some research on our food companies paying a foreign religious tax on most of our food by way of halal. This money does not benefit Australians in any way. Check out countries like UK, France Holland where this type of indirect control is happening.

    • Carol, thank you, I did mean Leonie, rather obvious I would have thought when ‘Leonie’ was the very first word in my reply… However, June is as bad, sprouting here flat earth ogglie booglie scare tactics about a ‘halal tax’ which is complete and utter tripe. The ‘halal’ symbol on food isn’t an indication that some religious tax has been paid, it’s simply an indication that the food has been prepared with ingredients and systems that meet a few particular requirements of a religion to be considered ‘clean’ food. The rest is pure paranoia.

  2. Let’s see the debt rise now

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    • Was just watching a discussion about how much higher the debt has gone up under LNP in just 3 yrs, do your research…but Newman gave himself a huge increase in pay not long after he came into power but sacked thousands of Nurses & Public Servants, he needed to go as did LNP.

    • It’s like a ‘mantra’ but empty words. You can’t do to the judiciary and arrogance the gov displayed to the people. Fear & bullying did not cut through. All the money they had and threw or wasted on their campaign was bad, could have done better giving to hospitals or such.

    • Monica, if you want to see that, check out Joe Hockey fiscal genius. He’s so financially articulate he’s has grafted Cormann to his hip.

      High GDP (income)Low interest debt is good capitalist strategy.
      “BHP Billiton has been around for 130 years and is currently carrying $66 billion in debt with no plans to repay it”

      LNP are lying about “debt & deficit”

    • It is not a necessary evil at all, it is just evil. You cannot continue to borrow money forever. Time for you to learn basic economics Christa

  3. Congrats ALP..huge swing against LNP…Abbot next

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    • We seem to be on a merry go round, at the moment the only way we can voice our displeasure is to vote a party out. This is not working to well is it. I feel we need some reforms in the way our country is managed. What I would like to see is if a party is voted out they loose all their privileges.Instead of telling us lies maybe there needs to be accountability. As in a list of what needs to be done and then a report to the people if these requirements are met. A little like a report card.I don’t know how this can be achieved.

  4. People will never be happy bet you all vote this new premier out next and you know what you will never be happy with who you vote for because they’re all the same lying dicks.

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    • Well, the thing is Robyn that despite all the political mayhem I for one am still a true believer! Yes, I think Labour cares more about the have nots and Libs care about Business and the rich! I would NEVER vote for them no matter what…its that simple

  5. “Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.”

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