The party’s over


Well may Julia be cracking hardy in that image from the ABC.

Some Labor MPs are convinced Saturday’s landslide LNP win in Queensland is an ominous warning ahead of next year’s federal election.

Forty-three Labor MPs lost their seats as the LNP swept to power on the back of an unprecedented wave of public support.

Queensland Labor is expected to have just seven MPs in the new parliament, while outgoing premier Anna Bligh fell on her sword yesterday and announced she was retiring from politics.

Outwardly the Federal Government argues the Queensland drubbing is a local phenomenon, but privately there is a lot of soul-searching going on…

In the state of its origin the ALP now has barely enough seats to retain its status as a party…

See Peter Hartcher’s analysis with a headline very many of us would agree with: Federal ALP needs to stand for something.

I do feel for Anna Bligh: I thought she was magnificent during the natural disasters that struck Queensland in the last year or two.

As a non-resident of Queensland, I find it hard to understand why that state has punished the Labor Party to the brink of possible extinction (”Bligh quits Parliament”,, March 25).

My observation of the former premier, Anna Bligh, is that she, unlike many of her contemporaries – both male and female – presented a warm interest in and empathy with those in need.

Her replacement will have big shoes to fill and Queensland is worse off for her resignation.

Karen Eldridge Leichhardt

That letter to the Sydney Morning Herald I rather agree with.

But once upon a time…


2 thoughts on “The party’s over

  1. “In the state of its origin the ALP now has barely enough seats to retain its status as a party…” actually they are 3 seats shy (10 seats are required).

    I feel for Curtin…putting 20,000 diggers on the high seas WITHOUT ESCORTS at a time of Japanese submarine activity was gutsy and foolhardy and could have easily been the greatest disaster of the war.

    I’m not an admirer of Whitlam. The title of this post is “1974 election victory speech” but I feel it is actually the 1972 election victory speech…… three years later Frazier won the greatest majority in Australian political history ( up until last weekend)!

  2. You’re right about the need for ten seats,,, Tragic, huh!

    Frazier was a boxer, but I know you mean Fraser. 😉 Of recent years the old Mal has towered over the present generation, in my humble opinion. Today’s Herald also has his take on things today.

    And yes, the Whitlam government crashed and burned, but not before achieving a hell of a lot, especially culturally.

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