Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was victorious in the state election. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Dan Peled
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was victorious in the state election. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Dan Peled

Winners and losers of the Qld election

Queenslanders have woken up to four more years with Annastacia Palaszczuk at the helm after the Labor Party romped home to victory in the state election.

But not everyone has a reason to celebrate with voters calling time on some political careers.

Here are the winners and the losers of what has been described as an "election period" rather than an election night, based on the enormous number of pre-poll and postal votes received.

WINNERS

ANNASTACIA PALASZCZUK AND THE LABOR PARTY

Queensland re-elected Annastacia Palaszczuk for a third term as Premier overnight, and she is confident the ALP will form majority government by winning more than the required 47 seats.

As of Sunday morning, 48 seats had been called for Labor.

Ms Palaszczuk addressed supporters in a victory speech at The Blue Fin Fishing Club in her electorate of Inala, west of Brisbane, on Saturday night.

"This has been a tough year and we've got to get people back into work," the Premier said.

"I give my commitment to the people of this state that my team will roll up our sleeves and we will get back to work as quickly as possible for you. And I'm confident we will do it with a majority Labor Government."

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk after her state election win. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Dan Peled
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk after her state election win. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Dan Peled

THE GREENS

Greens candidate Amy MacMahon found success in the seat of South Brisbane - ousting former deputy premier and Labor powerbroker Jackie Trad.

As a result, the Greens have doubled their numbers in Queensland Parliament with Ms MacMahon joining Greens MP Michael Berkman, who retained his Brisbane seat of Maiwar.

"This sends a message to the political establishment that the time where mining corporations are able to dictate to our political system who gets what, is completely over," she told the ABC.

The seat, bordering the Brisbane River, has been held by Labor for more than 40 years.

"The Greens have been going out with this really positive vision for the future of Queensland where we can use the state's enormous wealth to fully fund our essential services," Ms MacMahon said.

"Everyday Queenslanders have responded as you can see. We are so excited about this opportunity to fight for everyday Queenslanders."

Greens candidate Amy MacMahon won the seat of South Brisbane from Labor’s Jackie Trad. Picture: Annette Dew
Greens candidate Amy MacMahon won the seat of South Brisbane from Labor’s Jackie Trad. Picture: Annette Dew

 

 

LOSERS

ONE NATION

The primary vote for Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party was on Saturday night down more than six per cent from the 2017 state election.

"One Nation went from second to third in a number of seats," ABC election analyst Antony Green said on Sunday morning.

Appearing on Sky News on Saturday, Ms Hanson lamented the result.

"The farming sector has been destroyed," she said.

"People are not really looking at the impact of putting Labor in for another four years, what it's going to do for farming sector, border security. They have been bad economic managers of this state. You can't keep increasing the public service, pay increases, $100 billion debt - something has to give, and it's going to give in extra taxes."

Senator Hanson told NCA NewsWire she has "plenty of unfinished business".

"If I want to leave a legacy when I finally do step away from politics, I need to get other like-minded people elected here in Queensland," she said.

"One Nation is the only minor party to successfully grow its numbers across this country over the last five years, with members holding the shared balance of power in Western Australia and NSW as well as the federal parliament.

"Rest assured I'm not slowing down or about to hand the reins over anytime soon."

Senator Pauline Hanson says she isn’t going anywhere. Picture: Matt Taylor
Senator Pauline Hanson says she isn’t going anywhere. Picture: Matt Taylor

Meanwhile, Ms Hanson's chief adviser and political strategist James Ashby unleashed in a bizarre and rambling interview on the ABC on Saturday night.

He spoke about cuts to regional media, ABC resources and "COVID fear" from Labor.

Mr Ashby then somewhat reiterated Ms Hanson's concerns about the state's rural areas.

"The bush is missing out," he began.

"That's exactly what's going on. The bush is missing out and I tell you what, under this Palaszczuk Government they're going to miss out even worse and it will be the farmers that will suffer and it will be you down in the southeast corner that will suffer most because your fruit and vegetable prices will go through the roof.

"We will be stung significantly.

"The fishermen out there will absolutely be raped and pillaged and I tell you what, it will be Labor's fault. You watch, it's coming. You've got four years to suffer this."

JACKIE TRAD

Queensland's former deputy premier Jackie Trad lost her inner-city seat of South Brisbane after being abandoned by her party during the campaign.

Ms Trad had been one of the most powerful figures in Queensland until earlier this year when she conceded her duties as deputy premier and treasurer in May.

She was investigated by the Crime and Corruption Commission and then cleared over claims she interfered with the recruitment of a principal at Inner City South State Secondary College.

This came after being cleared by the CCC for failing to declare a $695,000 house in Woolloongabba, an inner-Brisbane suburb, following reports in The Courier-Mail.

Media were not invited to Jackie Trad’s election night event at Souths Sports Club. Picture: John Gass
Media were not invited to Jackie Trad’s election night event at Souths Sports Club. Picture: John Gass

CLIVE PALMER AND THE UAP

Controversial billionaire businessman Clive Palmer infuriated Queenslanders ahead of the election with a barrage of anti-Labor messages coming from left, right and centre.

Texts were sent from his mining company Mineralogy rather than his United Australia Party - which ran candidates in 50 electorates.

But they failed to win a single seat.

The massive campaign also swamped print, television, radio and social media.

Mr Palmer's wife, a chartered accountant, lawyer and the UAP deputy leader, contested the seat of Currumbin but attracted 1.5 per cent of the vote.

Clive Palmer in Bundaberg.
Clive Palmer in Bundaberg.

DEB FRECKLINGTON

In unusual scenes, Liberal National Party leader Deb Frecklington conceded defeat while Annastacia Palaszczuk was delivering her victory speech on Saturday night.

While she noted their differences, she congratulated the Premier and Labor on the win, saying she "respects her as an opponent and the leader of our state".

"But most of all I respect the voters of Queensland, and we are so privileged to live in this democracy," Ms Frecklington said.

"Now, Queenslanders have made their decision, and I thank each and every one of them for voting and for upholding our democracy.

"This decision is respected by the Liberal National Party. And I am so proud of the campaign that we have fought.

LNP leader Deb Frecklington concedes defeat at the Emporium in South Brisbane. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Sarah Marshall
LNP leader Deb Frecklington concedes defeat at the Emporium in South Brisbane. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Sarah Marshall

Deputy opposition leader Tim Mander said it was "a very disappointing result" for the LNP but he had "absolutely no criticism of Deb".

"I think she's done a great job under the circumstances," he told the ABC's election panel.

"I have mentioned some of those challenges tonight. She's been full of energy. She got better as the campaign went on.

"There'll a lot of learning from this. The last thing I'm thinking about is those type of issues, about what's the future for Deb and others and for myself. So, there's plenty of time for that later on."

However, former premier Campbell Newman - who led the LNP to victory in 2012 before being losing after one term in power - wasn't so forgiving.

"Spare me the COVID-19 excuse for what's happening tonight in Queensland," he tweeted. "The LNP primary vote was 36 per cent a year ago. We had a problem prior to the pandemic."

 

Originally published as Winners and losers of the Qld election