The LNP's traction challenge

Political parties Queensland

AFTER THE LABOR GOVERNMENT, the organisation facing the biggest test in the Queensland election was the new conservative hybrid, the Liberal National Party. It had polled well in the lead-up to the election, but in reality the swing it needed - in the vicinity of 8 per cent - was always on the outer margins of probability. Different lessons will be drawn by different people from the party’s first electoral showing, but one thing is certain: there will be no rush to the altar by the conservative parties in New South Wales and Victoria. A clearcut and decisive victory might have had that effect; an encouraging failure not so. In fact, the jury is still out on the merits of the union, despite that fact that even staunch opponents of it, like the Liberal senator George Brandis, concede that the LNP is here to stay...

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