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The Australian Labor Party has been annihilated by the Liberal National Party in the Queensland election but much of the campaign’s anti-mining rhetoric has failed to win traction with voters.
In a devastating 16 per cent swing the LNP won 77 seats and left the ALP with only eight seats, just marginally higher than the two seats won by both independents and Katter’s Australian Party.
Despite campaigning heavily on community backlash to mining and coal seam gas the Greens failed to win a seat.
According to AAP, LNP leader Campbell Newman hasn’t mentioned mining as a priority for his first 100 days in Government.
Newman’s position contradicts much Green and KAP campaigning, with both parties marking tightening mining regulation as a key issue for voters.
Lock the Gate president Drew Hutton told AAP Newman’s failure to prioritise mining was "appalling" and his party risked suffering the same fate as the ALP if it didn’t confront mining companies.
Bob Katter’s son Rob, who claimed the seat of Mount Isa, also said ALP and LNP attitudes to mining were similar and Queenslanders would soon find out they had "voted in a similar animal".
Katter said voters were angry over coal seam gas and they would continue to be under Newman’s leadership.
He also played down claims the party should have won more than two seats, but admitted it was disappointing KAP Queensland leader Aidan McLindon had lost his seat.
After Newman’s win mining magnate Clive Palmer, one of the LNP’s largest donors, told Fairfax Media QLD Labor were "gutless wonders" and Newman was the "most successful political leader in the nation’s history".
"I love Campbell Newman, I love his family," he said.
In a statement Queensland Resources Council chief executive Michael Roche congratulated Newman and the LNP on their win.
"Mr Newman and the LNP have committed to delivering investment certainty for the Queensland resources sector in return for our sector delivering world’s best environmental and social outcomes," he said.
Roche said the QRC would be seeking early meetings with the new Government to discuss the implementation of the party’s mining policies.
He also paid tribute to Anna Bligh and said while the QRC did not always "see eye to eye" with the ALP it valued the party’s support and willingness to listen.
Image: Jamie Hanson — Herald Sun