Queensland Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk says the broken promises, mass sackings, and frontline service cuts inflicted by the Newman Government appear to have influenced Queenslanders’ votes at Saturday’s federal election.
“It seems the Newman Government’s poor performance has worked against the federal Coalition in Queensland,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“The Labor Party losses seen in other states did not happen here because many Queenslanders did not want a repeat of the slash-and-burn approach taken by the LNP under Campbell Newman.
“The result reflects the feedback I received on the ground in various parts of the state in recent weeks during the federal campaign.
“People are disappointed at the broken promises of the Newman Government, especially its failure to deliver reductions in the cost of living.
“They have seen how savagely the Newman Government has cut jobs and services contrary to its election commitments. They voted on Saturday against a repeat of that approach.”
Ms Palaszczuk congratulated Tony Abbott and the federal Coalition on winning office.
“I also congratulate Kevin Rudd for ensuring federal Labor has a solid base from which it can work in Opposition,” she said.
“We can be proud of the achievements of the Rudd and Gillard governments.
“Federal Labor must now focus on the hard work of rebuilding just as we have been successfully rebuilding at the state level.”