Adrian Beaumont at The Conversation has a good summary of the election:
- At the Queensland election, held on November 25, the size of parliament was increased from 89 seats to 93. Comparing this result with 2015, Labor officially won 48 of the 93 seats (up four), the Liberal National Party 39 (down three), Katter’s Australian Party (KAP) three (up one), and One Nation, the Greens and an independent won one seat each.
With 45 seats held by parties other than Labor, Labor has won a three-seat majority.
Adjusted for the new boundaries and excluding defections, the 2015 results gave Labor 48 seats and the LNP 43. Using this interpretation, there was no net change for Labor, while the LNP lost four seats.
Labor gains from the LNP in Gaven, Aspley and Redlands were countered by losses in Bundaberg, Burdekin and Mirani (to One Nation). The LNP also lost Maiwar (to the Greens), Hinchinbrook (to KAP) and Noosa (to an independent). This is the first Greens elected MP in Queensland.
Townsville was expected to be very close, but Labor won it by 214 votes (50.4-49.6), clinching its 48th seat.
Here is Palaszczuk on her way to the gov, Paul de Jersey (I went to university with him):
Final primary votes were:
- 35.4% Labor (down 2.1 since 2015), 33.7% LNP (down 7.6), 13.7% One Nation (up 12.8), 10.0% Greens (up 1.6), and 2.3% KAP. This is the Greens’ highest primary vote in a Queensland election.
Here he is, Michael Berkman, the first Green elected to parliament in Queensland:
Of course by then the whole coal mining industry may be on the nose.
On the news we heard that the LNP has only two seats north of Bundaberg. So LNP is mostly the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba west and a slab of country inland from the Sunshine Coast to Bundaberg.
This is Joh country. Deb Frecklington, deputy to Tim Nicholls, holds the seat of Nanango, with her electoral office in Kingaroy.
Her main opposition is John-Paul Langbroek from Surfers Paradise, although Mark Robertson from Oodgeroo, one of a handful of LNP members left in Greater Brisbane, has thrown his hat into the ring.
Campbell Newman has attacked Frecklington. Tim Nicholls says he takes full responsibility for the the failed LNP campaign. But Frecklington was at his shoulder throughout the campaign. Newman:
- demanded Ms Frecklington also take responsibility for the “appalling” election loss and described her nomination as “implausible”.
“Deb Frecklington, as a part of a leadership team that led the LNP to a 34 per cent primary vote, needs to take accountability for that loss and should not be running as a leadership contender,” he said.
Annastacia Palaszczuk says if the LNP don’t get behind Frecklington the Nationals will break away.
John-Paul Langbroek says only his leadership can restore the public’s trust in the LNP after an ‘appalling’ performance at the election.
Langbroek has been leader before. When he was, I recall the country Nationals did not much like him, so Palaszczuk might be right. One of his problems was mumbling and hesitance when facing the media.
Former Treasurer Curtis Pitt has been shunted upstairs to Speaker, ironically it is said because he fluffed his lined too often as treasurer. He will be replaced by Jackie Trad.
- Ms Palaszczuk will take over the Trade portfolio, and has confirmed her Cabinet will be expanded by one to make room for Member for Barron River [Cairns North] Craig Crawford.
Here’s the new economics team, which includes Cameron Dick and our local member Kate Jones:
At least two of them, Trad and Jones, were against Adani.
Crawford replaces Pitt as a representative of the Far North. I believe the team is perfectly balanced in terms of gender.
Grace Grace takes over schools from Jones, Stephen Miles moves from the environment to health to replace Dick (not sure he wanted that) and is replaced by Leeanne Enoch, the Indigenous woman who formerly had innovation.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will lead a four-member economic team of senior Ministers in State Cabinet to drive job growth across Queensland.
- Deputy Premier Jackie Trad will be appointed Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
- Cameron Dick will be appointed Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning and Minister for Manufacturing, with responsibility for Economic Development Queensland and Queensland Reconstruction Authority.
- Kate Jones will be appointed Minister for Innovation, Minister for Tourism Industry Development and Minister for the Commonwealth Games. Minister Jones will also have responsibility for International Education.
The Premier will add Trade to her own responsibilities and she will chair the Cabinet Budget Review Committee, with senior Ministers to hold key economic roles.
“Almost one in three new jobs created in Australia this year have been created in Queensland. Indeed, working with business and industry, we have created more than 130,000 jobs in our first term in office – an average of 130 new jobs every day,” she said.
- The Palaszczuk Government has already signed a biofuel agreement with the US Navy as part of its Great Green Fleet initiative, which is a commitment by the US to source 50% of its fuel needs from renewable sources by 2020.
They are looking at a $1 billion biofutures sector by 2026.
Somewhere I recall a reference to 1680 new startups in Queensland since April 2016, creating 4800 jobs, making Queensland second only to NSW for startups.
Twice on radio I’ve heard Chief Entrepreneur Steve Baxter say with excitement that businesses every country town will be connected to the electricity grid will be able to be connected to a fibre network installed for administrative purposes but with heaps of spare capacity giving speeds equivalent to those available in Brisbane CBD. He reckons it is up there with bitumen roads as a piece of new infrastructure. Can’t find a link.
I suspect that when this becomes well known it might change some negative attitudes towards innovation in the regions.
What we need is to develop a vibrant Mittelstand of innovative firms. We have a real prospect of achieving that now.
In three years time, if the economy improves and if One Nation is still around I think the LNP may find it hard going. In today’s CM there is an article saying that government receipts from coal exports will be up by a billion to $1.8 billion. Another article says there is already $3 billion worth of new renewable energy projects to start in 2018.
It will be interesting to see whether the Greens make headway. Michael Berkman is an environmental lawyer, who worked for the Environmental Defenders Office (Qld) Inc. He comes across as sensible and competent, with a simple philosophy of putting people before profit.
He has an interesting policy on electricity and power bills. Much of what he proposes simply won’t happen, but I do agree that we should do away with private retailers. If Alinta can offer a 25% discount, then everyone could have it simply by replacing private enterprise ticket stampers with a government retailer.
That is not the way to win seats for the LNP in Brisbane. Let alone the fact that nearly all the remaining LNP members are likely to be outright deniers of human-caused climate change.
Update: Here’s the list of ministers and assistant ministers, I gather in order of seniority.