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Gillard admits 'deep disappointment' at Qld wipe-out

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Chris Johnson

The size of Labor's drubbing in the Queensland election has surprised Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who insists the result was very much decided on local issues.

Speaking publicly on the Queensland result for the first time yesterday, Ms Gillard admitted that the massive voter backlash against Labor in that state was not what she expected.

In South Korea attending the global nuclear summit, Ms Gillard expressed ''deep, deep disappointment'' at the outcome, and conceded that both state and federal Labor had a lot of work to do in the Sunshine State. ''The dimensions of this defeat took me by a bit of [a] surprise on Saturday night,'' she said.

''Labor in Queensland, state Labor, has got a lot of rebuilding to do. We've got a lot of hard work to do and I'll get on and do it.''

Should Queenslanders vote at next year's federal election the way they did in their state election on the weekend, it would be enough to turf Labor out office.

Ms Gillard said there would be different issues at stake when voters go to the polls to elect a federal government next year. She said the Queensland election was fought ''overwhelmingly on state issues''.

''There was clearly a major 'it's time' factor after Labor having been in government for so long,'' Ms Gillard said.

''Ultimately, the 2013 election will be decided on its own issues. People will make their decisions then. For us it's about doing what I believe I've done as Prime Minister, and I'm certainly going to continue to do, which is knuckling down, getting on with the job on behalf of working people.''

Ms Gillard said she had never underestimated the challenge Labor faced at next year's federal poll, but that Opposition Leader Tony Abbott was already acting like he had won it.

''Tony Abbott has basically been conducting himself as if he's got the next election in the bag,'' she said.

''His attitude is he doesn't have to say anything except no to everything to get there.''

But Mr Abbott says the Prime Minister can't blame the Queensland result solely on local issues.

Describing the Queensland result as cataclysmic for the Labor Party, he said Ms Gillard's broken promise over the introduction of a carbon tax had an impact on the state election.

''I think the Prime Minister should be taking a long, hard look at herself, her government and her party as a result of the verdict of the people of Queensland,'' Mr Abbott said.

''If the Prime Minister's got wax in her ears, well, she'll pay the consequences.''

Labor backbenchers are urging Ms Gillard to spend much more time in Queensland before the federal election in a bid to convince voters there of her government's vision and plans. Ministers from Queensland are also joining in, saying the government must sell its policies in Queensland.

Trade Minister Craig Emerson said details of the carbon tax and the new mining tax had to be better explained in the Queensland community. ''Queenslanders in particular really appreciate ministers getting around, holding community forums, meeting them face to face,'' he said.

17 comments so far

  • Sorry Julia, but me thinks that it is too late for you and for your mates too! The damage is done. The Electorate is no longer listening to you!

    Commenter
    keith simpson
    Location
    nsw
    Date and time
    March 27, 2012, 7:33AM
    • Continual ridicule of Mr Abbott is all that Labour has left......but.....you cannot fool the Aussie Voters. They have had enough of Labour.

      Commenter
      rivergum
      Location
      nsw
      Date and time
      March 27, 2012, 7:36AM
      • Here's P.M Julia Gillard promise to the Australian people prior to the next election........There will be no Labor party under any government I lead.

        Commenter
        dusty
        Date and time
        March 27, 2012, 2:30PM
    • Ms Gillard a Prime Minister in denial. How the most detested prime minister in our history can talk such nonsense about the Queensland election result is as ridiculous as it is insulting to all Queenslanders and Australians. Just to remind Ms Gillard of her role in all of this. The political execution of one of Queenslands favourite sons Kevin Rudd. The there will be no CARBON TAX under a government I lead lie. Garrets pink batt insulation debacle which led to fires and deaths are only three, but there are many more failed policies that Gillard has been involved in so the Queenslanders condemned both Bligh, Gillard and Labor on their actions.

      Commenter
      TomC
      Date and time
      March 27, 2012, 7:44AM
      • Face the facts for once Gillard, if you and Swan are still running the Labor show there will be no "different issues at stake when voters go to the polls to elect a federal government next year". How you can simply brush the Q'ld result off as a "local" issue is both disgraceful and amazing.

        Commenter
        Bernie Gee
        Date and time
        March 27, 2012, 7:45AM
        • Quote "'There was clearly a major 'it's time' factor after Labor having been in government for so long,'' Ms Gillard said.

          So just exactly what does the PM think people in all the other states are saying? "Enough is enough - we want an election now"

          Commenter
          Timski
          Location
          Googong
          Date and time
          March 27, 2012, 8:09AM
          • She'll be surprised when the ALP ceases to exist as a political force!!

            Commenter
            Gay Refugee
            Location
            Canberra
            Date and time
            March 27, 2012, 9:25AM
            • Once again we have conservatives claiming to speak on behalf of all or the majority of Australian's. I don't recall anyone this type of nonsense when, during John Howard's tenure, every single State and Territory had Labor Governments.

              I realise that this is the time for conservatives to gloat - they can't help themselves. But if you think that a Coalition victory is a forgone conclusion, you are deluding yourselves. State election, State issues. Feel free to think that all Abbott has to do is to turn up on election day. You are making a big mistake.

              In any case, this is Queensland - land of Joh, of Joyce, of Katter. One house of Parliament, no chamber of review and whenever government changes it is always a landslide. Remember Beattie got in the LNP had less than 10 seats.

              Completely different issue than the Federal election.

              Commenter
              The Redman
              Location
              Canberra
              Date and time
              March 27, 2012, 9:48AM
              • The Redman, sounds like you are trying to convince yourself of that rather than anyone else!

                How does it feel as a supporter of a political party on the verge of extinction. Katter could win more seats than the ALP at the next election!

                But that's right, you'd blame the 'ignorance' of the electorate wouldn't you....not the incompetence of the current government!

                Commenter
                Gay Refugee
                Location
                Canberra
                Date and time
                March 27, 2012, 10:58AM
            • Were these comments made by the original Julia, the real Julia, or the new, more real Julia?

              Commenter
              JD
              Location
              Ballarat
              Date and time
              March 27, 2012, 9:56AM

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