Convincing Coalition win but Labor holds seats in Qld
EDITORIAL: It seems Queensland has learnt its lesson.
Many pundits were predicting a Coalition whitewash in the Sunshine state ahead of the weekend election.
But the Labor Party was able to hold onto all its seats in the state, even though the Coalition won the election convincingly.
It seems the landslide win for the Queensland Liberal National Party at the state election last year has taught us a lesson about giving a government carte blanche with no real, viable opposition.
The Federal Labor Party has been left depleted, yes, but it has not been left utterly toothless, unlike its state counterparts.
There will still be the necessary checks and balances that only a strong opposition party can give.
The Fraser Coast will have two representatives in the form of newcomer Keith Pitt and Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss.
It is to be hoped these men, being part of the newly formed government, will take up our cause, particularly Mr Truss who will hold one of the highest positions in the party.
I believe he will use his influence to the best of his ability for this region.
But it's worth noting that simply being a member of the elected government isn't enough if you're not willing to actively fight for the interests of your electorate.
And one need only look at our sitting state members to see that.