The result in the Queensland election on Saturday demonstrates the crisis in confidence amongst Australians towards the Liberal National Party (LNP).
With Queensland Labor winning 34 seats to take their representation to 43 in Parliament, the Liberal National Party sustained a massive loss of 33 seats - possibly going down as one of the greatest defeats in Australian Political History.
The result also demonstrates the level of community rejection towards the conservative policy principles that underpin the Liberal Party, not to mention the massive job losses and sale of $37 billion in government assets that they would have entailed.
This crisis in leadership has trickled down all the way into Tasmania, with Bass Liberal MHR Andrew Nikolic, Braddon Liberal MHR Brett Whiteley, Lyons Liberal MHR Eric Hutchinson and Premier Will Hodgman refusing to come out and directly support the LNP.
“I think this demonstrates the lack of leadership, support and unity amongst the Liberal Party”, Senator Helen Polley stated.
“With such a massive swing towards the Labor Party, you can see the level of anger amongst the community towards the policy principles that the Liberal Party tried to push on the people of Australia”, Senator Polley went on to state.
With the Abbott Government continuing to put pressure on the Will Hodgman State Liberal government to sell off Tasmania’s Hydro assets, the divisions within the party would severely damage the economic direction and credibility of the State. Along with this government’s abandonment of the fibre-to-the-premises broadband, Tasmanians, and the people of Launceston are being left out in the cold.
The Tasmanian Liberals claim to “provide strong and stable government… (and) Make Tasmania attractive for economic investment and create jobs”. But the result of the election, and the distance that Tasmania’s Liberals have placed between themselves and the result in Queensland, demonstrate that they are anything but.