Chook Cooked

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  1. C.L. says:

    Annastacia Palaszczuk’s magic with Queensland voters seems to have vanished before her eyes.

    The Labor premier – who single-handedly won three state elections on the back of her personal popularity (and reminding voters of the one-term experiment with Campbell Newman) – is recording her worst poll numbers since taking power in 2015.

    A YouGov poll, commissioned by The Courier Mail, shows Labor is now on track to lose government when it faces voters in October next year.

    And at the heart of Labor’s woes is the steady decline of the premier’s standing as “preferred premier”.

    On the eve of the 2020 election, when she increased Labor’s majority, 48 per cent of voters put Palaszczuk as their preferred premier.

    But after the integrity scandals of last year – led by The Australian’s reporting of the “Stepanov” affair, Labor’s close links with lobbyists, and questions about the premier’s love of the red carpet – her popularity has sunk.

    Now, only 31 per cent of voters rate Palaszczuk as preferred premier – which, ominously, is worse than what both Anna Bligh and Campbell Newman garnered before they were ousted.

    Liberal National Party leader David Crisafulli is still behind – with 29 per cent of voters rating him as preferred premier – and 40 per cent of voters are uncommitted. The LNP must win an extra 13 electorates in the 93-seat parliament to secure majority government.

    ALP insiders say the Opposition leader’s prosecution of youth crime, health and economic issues has helped to stoke an “it’s time” sentiment among voters, particularly in the state’s volatile regions.

    Labor’s primary vote has sunk to 33 per cent, from its 2020 election day high of 39 per cent, while the LNP’s primary has risen to 39 per cent from the 35.9 per cent it received at the poll.

    On a two-party preferred basis, YouGov pollsters have the LNP on 51 per cent and Labor on 49 per cent.

    It is the most explosive poll since Palaszczuk won the boilover 2015 election and a lot can happen between now and election day.

    And could that involve a leadership change?

    The poll results have insiders already talking; the more considered, more informed are saying the premier ain’t going anywhere – for the time being.

    But if things don’t improve by next year, Palaszczuk may jump and then the question is who takes the helm: deputy premier Stephen Miles, treasurer Cameron Dick or Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman.

    But could any of those three realistically pull a come-from-behind election victory out of the hat?


    In The Australian

  2. jupes says:

    The article doesn’t consider possibly the most likely scenario: The stupid LNP stuffs it up!

  3. and says:

    Go Anna! 🙂

  4. Perplexed of Brisbane says:

    Maybe if the LNP win we’ll get an inquiry into the government overreach during covid and some trials and convictions.

    I crack myself up sometimes.

    It’s telling that she is still more popular than the little kid.

  5. bollux says:

    Get ready for Mental Midget Miles.

  6. C.L. says:

    Get ready for Mental Midget Miles.

    He has a PhD in trade unions.


  7. Christine says:

    It will be a relief to see the back of her.
    As for the deputy – it’s uncharitable but I always picture him as a toddler complete with dull, slow-witted expression; it just never left him.

  8. and says:

    Last Sunday, Go Anna was simply marvelous in the spirit of political opportunism. She saw the Matildos bandwagon. Made a beeline for it, elbowing out anyone in the way.

  9. Jannie says:

    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

  10. Lee says:

    Get the rotisserie ready.

  11. Entropy says:

    I actually have a bit of sympathy for Ms Palaszczuk: she has spent seven years in a minority right faction being constantly undermined by the dominant left faction in the Qld ALP. And I have had a lot to do with her father and he is old Labor and a top bloke.
    The only reason she hasn’t been toppled before this is Steven Miles. The left want to stay in control of government more than they want the Premier role.

  12. Baba says:

    Get ready for Mental Midget Miles

    At least he’s a thug.

  13. C.L. says:

    I actually have a bit of sympathy for Ms Palaszczuk: she has spent seven years in a minority right faction being constantly undermined by the dominant left faction in the Qld ALP.

    But today’s Labor right is pretty far left. They’re not exactly Brian Harradine.

    Plus, I can’t respect a woman who gives way to extremism as much as Palaszczuk does just to hold on to the premiership.

  14. Pat Mac says:

    If miles gets the top job, it makes danistan appealing

  15. Fat Tony says:

    There’s a sickness sweeping the West with all our governments.
    I don’t think it can be excised by the ballot box

  16. Entropy says:

    CL I would argue the QALP right are to the right of many liberal party parliamentarians these days.

  17. NFA says:

    Qld AEC will fix it.

    A ‘tick’ to the left followed by a right cross.

  18. NFA says:

    Whoever might happen to “win” next years Qld elections, the parasites will still be there feeding on and destroying the host.

  19. Eyrie says:

    I see Tim Mander appearing on TV on certain Qld issues. The LNP would be smart to put him in as leader. Then again, they were stupid enough to shaft Springborg who is apparently very popular and doing a good job as mayor of Goondiwindi.

  20. Entropy says:

    the Borg never got a fair go by the media. And yes doing an exceptional job as Goondiwindi Mayor.

    Always very personable and great to talk to. The most telling though, is when he was Health Minister he actually improved health outcomes and QH operations in three short years, only to see it rapidly go backwards to our current problems under Miles.

  21. Perplexed of Brisbane says:

    Eyrie and Entropy,

    I could never understand why they dumped Springborg. Maybe he was too country for them?

    He seemed like a decent man and would have made a good Premier.

  22. Fat Tony says:

    He seemed like a decent man and would have made a good Premier.

    That’s your reason just there – those types are not amenable to the ways of the political class.

  23. Rockdoctor says:

    I can’t see anyone in the LNP that stands out. Chrisifulli seemed ok till he was elected leader then he disappeared from view. Bit like Freckless. Going to be KAP again for me next year, Nick Dametto is my local member & has been making some noise lately about degraded local infrastructure.

    Mander. No thanks, he helped push through plenty of nanny state initiatives in his time. One being the smoke alarm over-reaction after a bunch of PI’s burnt a house down with deaths after disconnecting theirs, now your house has to be wired up like a hostel if rented out.

    As for the Borg, Beattie had the CM round his little finger. The publications in the north like the Townsville Bulletin & Cairns Post still have a heavy ALP list. The Borg never had a chance, especially with the corruption oozing out of Beattie/Bligh’s Government which they just turned a blind eye to.

    Best gotcha story I saw just before the election in 2009 was Cairns Post beating up the LNP allegedly running out on a restaurant before the bill was paid. Truth was the two last members of the party thought the other had paid the bill, both were intercepted before they even stepped foot in their taxis. Both apologetic returned from the footpath & settled the bill. The CP had made out they had done the runner and left out one of the waitresses was an ALP member from rumours up in the north.

    Chrisifulli will get over the line by default by the looks rather than being a strong leader. I don’t have high hopes he will accomplish anything. Newman for all his faults had much more presence.

  24. Eyrie says:

    The Qld LNP also voted for the plastic bag ban. Idiots.

  25. Dr Faustus says:

    I could never understand why they dumped Springborg. Maybe he was too country for them?
    He seemed like a decent man and would have made a good Premier.

    He is indeed a decent person – and competent.
    Unfortunately not the man for his times; essentially unsupported by the urban Liberals in the dying years of the Coalit and then the LNP (ironically, Springborg’s own creation) was “energised” and “professionalised” by an influx of Canbra-trained, 20-something Masters of the Universe – with the centralisation of political power in Meanjin.

    The net result was a good man repeatedly replaced or displaced by a series of empty suits – and a whole bunch of energised, professional Party members headed for the door.

  26. Dr Faustus says:

    Back on topic, Paul Williams (who has excellent antennae) predicts that the Palacechook will come back from her overseas hols to be tapped on the shoulder by John Battams and Gary Bullock – leading to an “I’ve given all I can, now time for the next generation…” – paving the way for Miles/Fentiman to lead Labor to the 2024 election.
    And the lifetime rewards for Labor Hero(ines) who do the right thing.

  27. Eyrie says:

    Don’t worry, the LNP will again manage to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory even with the moronic Miles running the State.

  28. C.L. says:

    David Crisafulli doesn’t believe in anything except being a Nice Liberal.

    He’ll probably win the next election, continue to ban conservatism, cause ructions in the bush and among urban cons who actually want to reform things, his leadership will be destabilised, he’ll be replaced and then the media will spring Labor from Coventry and plonk them back into office.

  29. Dr Faustus says:

    A positive thing one can say about David Crisafulli is that he has stopped Tim Nicholls from being recycled.

  30. Lee says:

    leading to an “I’ve given all I can, now time for the next generation…” – paving the way for Miles/Fentiman to lead Labor to the 2024 election.

    I know nothing about Miles, but as for Fentiman, good Lord!

    She doesn’t even know what a woman is.

  31. Dr Faustus says:

    I know nothing about Miles, but as for Fentiman, good Lord!

    A well-matched pair.
    Each makes the other look better than they actually are.

  32. Petros says:

    The Borg was an obnoxious pig when dealing with Queensland health staff. Really stubborn and thus quite detrimental to the party. Seriously, who thinks attacking QLD health staff was a good idea? A great way to lose a huge majority and ultimately doom us to more years of ALP scum. Him and Newman are probably best at a mayoral level only.

  33. Entropy says:

    The Borg got health actually delivering in a timely fashion, so whinge all you like Petros, he did a good job.

    And unlike the narrative of sucked public servants, the real story of losing the election was optional first preferences and Clive Palmer.

    His trouble as leader is because he was a stiff as a fence post and has a deep nasal twang.

  34. Mantaray says:

    As always, the divide is between Brisbane slickers with their traffic-choked, car-exhaust-rotted brains….further addilpated by recently, mRNA-induced, vascular dementia…vs clean-living high-IQ country bumpkins…..

    Qld has been getting it wrong ever since they lost Joh as boss-hog…and THAT is indisputable.

    Proof positive: whilst Anastacia and her clowns got a 4% swing toward them at the 2020 election, they suffered all, and several, LARGE reversals in the boonies,…11% in my electorate, and 3% in the next electorate down. This means that while you CAN fool the average city coward voter all of the time, there is NOT a sucker born every minute out bush.

    The sooner NQ breaks away from Qld and Oz (ie the WEF) the better!

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