Queensland Premier Anna Bligh completed her five-day, 50-electorate campaign blitz today at her electorate of South Brisbane, and spoke of the LNP's predicted landslide victory tomorrow at the polls.
After completing her five-day, 50-electorate campaign, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh spoke at number 50 – South Brisbane, and conceded that Labors’ chances on Saturday were dismal. Recent opinion polling has indicated that Labors 51 seats could potentially drop as low as 12.
"I set myself a target at the beginning of this week to complete visits to 50 electorates in five days - today we're standing in my electorate of South Brisbane, electorate number 50," she said.
"We all know that if the current polls are right, then we are set to see potentially a landslide government change tomorrow."
The gravity of the situation facing Labor was apparent in an advertisement that appeared in Brisbane’s Courier Mail, which featured the rather stark headline: ''LNP on track to defeat the Labor Bligh Government in a landslide''.
Featuring a picture of the LNP leader Campbell Newman, the advertisement pleaded with voters - 'Don't give him too much power''.
Newman has struck Labor with a brutal liver shot, but nobody can accuse Anna Bligh of going down without a fight. Last week, Bligh accused Newman of accepting political donations in exchange for ‘dodgy’ approvals during his time as Brisbane’s lord mayor.
Sadly, the Crime and Misconduct Commission concluded that there had been no wrongdoing on Newman’s part, and subsequently Newman’s approval rating for the seat of Ashgrove spiked by 7%, putting him ahead of Kate Jones – who deserves more than a pat on the back for a spectacular campaign - and demolishing the LNP’s worry that they would be elected sans a leader.
Bligh’s performance on the official opening of her campaign was fantastic. She would announce a new policy, then in the blink of an eye attack her opponent without so much as a glance at her notes. Sadly, like John Howard in the concluding year of his 2007 campaign: there’s not much you can do when voters’ refuse to listen.
In a recent TV debate, Bligh convincingly trumped Newman. Shown via the instant audience feedback worm graph. Political commentators remarked that the ALP were winning the campaign, but losing the election. The nail in Bligh’s coffin came after the CMC cleared Newman of his allegations.
Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd spoke this morning, urging Queensland to carefully consider the possibility of what he deemed a ‘one-party state’.
"Queenslanders are poised to vote in the Liberal National Party in the biggest landslide the state has seen in its history," Mr Rudd said.
"If that happens, the Labor opposition will be effectively wiped out."
It seems Labors’ last resort is to not give LNP their predicted landslide, and retain some precarious seats. It’s begging and humiliating for a campaign fighter like Anthony Chrisholm. So much infact, that ALP national secretary George Wright declared that if ever went to war he’d want Chrisholm by his side “he doesn’t know what a white flag is,” Wright said.