Bligh drove the ALP off the cliff shortly after the last state election by breaking two specific campaign promises on petrol taxes and privatisation. Both defendable policies but impossible to defend having denied plans to introduce them prior to the poll.
It is just one of many stories around the fracturing of the vote where Nationals are losing one seat each election to rampaging country independents and Labor on the verge of losing a federal lower house seat to a lacklustre Greens party candidate in Melbourne, largely because his opponents have failed to hold him to account for the bizarre policies he promotes.
Many voters distinguish between state and federal issues but as we saw in Victoria in 1990 during a deep recession with the equally disastrous Premier John Cain, sometimes things get so bleak that the whole political brand gets contaminated by association. Labor lost nearly a dozen seats that election, with people like hard-working federal Bendigo MP John Brumby unceremoniously punted.
Premier Bligh is strongly expected to resign â€“ or face a challenge â€“ prior to the next state election but even that is expected unlikely to save the ALP in Queensland after its blatant breach of trust with voters. And it is clear she has been a much bigger figure in causing damage for Labor in Queensland than removing Rudd who had become strongly unpopular himself.
In this taxpayer funded leaflet put out by the LNP Senators in Queensland, it argues â€œDonâ€™t let Gillard do to Australia what Bligh has done to Queensland.â€
This is clearly a potent weapon and is at the heart of why Labor will inevitably lose a number of seats in Queensland.
Labor sources in the north tell VEXNEWS that they have sensed voters coming back to them a bit in the last few days but there remains significant doubt as to whether it will be enough to save them, even in seats like Brisbane once considered very safe Labor.
Many believe there will be a hung Parliament, with country independents like Bob Katter, Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott in a crucial role.
FRIDAY UPDATE: The LNP isn’t missing Bligh, as today’s full-page ad in the Courier Mail shows.