Australia Deb Frecklington starts losing speech in the middle of the premier's
Labor one day, Labor the next. But there might still be a twist in Queensland election
Labor continues to be a strong bet in this weekend's Queensland state election, but change may be in the air — and it could come from a number of unlikely sources.That would create a few lines in the history books. Palaszczuk would be on track to knock Peter Beattie off as Queensland’s longest-serving Labor premier since World War II. She would continue her reign as the longest-serving female premier in Australia. And 2020 would take its place in history as the state election won on a federal issue: closing the borders.
A bizarre election day farce saw Liberal National Party leader Deb Frecklington time her concession speech right in the middle of Annastacia Palaszczuk's victory announcement.
Ms Frecklington conceded defeat on Saturday night as the Labor leader secured a majority government before thanking her party and addressing the state.
Analysts and viewers were left gobsmacked after Ms Frecklington chose to make her concession speech at the exact time Ms Palaszczuk spoke in front of a cheering crowd.
Sky News host Alan Jones took aim at the LNP and said it was being run 'by three stooges' after the timing blunder.
Border and economy dominates Queensland leaders debate
The state's border police and the economy dominated the questions to the leaders.The Labor and LNP QLD party leaders took questions from undecided voters at the Sky News and The Courier-Mail People's Forum this afternoon.
'They've lost. Will someone tell her they've lost. I just found that extraordinary,' Mr Jones said.
Mr Jones pointed out that the opposition leader traditionally concedes defeat before the victorious party leader presents their victory speech.
Scroll down for video
'Frecklington has been badly let down. I don't know the lady, but she presents well, she speaks well, but it's what she says that lets her down,' he said.
Morrison’s net zero-sum game
Good morning, early birds. Scott Morrison is ignoring international pressure to take "bold action" on the climate emergency, and Victoria's opposition has reportedly received approval for a parliamentary inquiry into the state's contact tracing system. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.While a number of those countries have also gone hard on post-COVID green stimulus programs — i.e. South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who just yesterday outlined a 2050 net zero target and also announced a US$61.
The timing error caused the speeches to air at the same time, meaning TV and blogging coverage had to switch between the two, or wait for one to end.
Political analysts were left shocked, saying they'd never seen it before and Ms Frecklington's advisers must have failed her with the blunder.
Despite the awkward farce, Ms Frecklington told Liberal National Party followers she intends to remain in the job following the election loss.
'Queenslanders have made their decision, and I thank each and every one of them for voting and for upholding our democracy,' the opposition leader told a function of LNP faithful in Brisbane late on Saturday.
'This decision is respected by the Liberal National Party. And I am so proud of the campaign that we have fought.'
The LNP looked likely to retain at least 32 seats in the 93-seat parliament. In the last parliament the opposition had 38 seats.
Queensland border decision expected today
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will speak later this morning, hours before Queenslanders go to the polls in the state election.The decision is expected sometime this morning, one day before voters go to the polls tomorrow.
'I will continue to play my part in the Liberal National Party and I will continue as the leader of this great party,' Ms Frecklington said.
'The LNP is going to continue to hold the Palaszczuk government to account.
'We will speak up for those who have been forgotten and left behind. We're going to fight for the families of this great state because families mean more than anything.'
Following her speech Ms Frecklington insisted she wasn't trying to spoil the premier's speech.
Viewers were outraged about the timing error, with many taking to social media to express their confusion.
'It appears Deb Frecklington is not waiting for Annastacia Palaszczuk to finish her speech. She's speaking now while the Premier is still speaking. Has this ever happened before?' One user wrote on Twitter.
Queenslanders head to the polls: What is LNP leader Deb Frecklington promising small businesses?
Queensland's state election is upon us. Today, we're looking at what a Liberal National government could mean for small businesses.Today, we’re taking a look at what a change in government could bring.
'As usual Frecklington can't read the room and has got her timing wrong. Why is she giving her speech while the PREMIER OF QUEENSLAND is speaking,' another said.
'Deb Frecklington doing her concession speech when no one is listening is a metaphor for the entire election campaign,' one user tweeted.
Another wrote: 'Wow! How ungracious by Frecklington, giving her concession speech whilst Palaszczuk is giving her thank you speech. No class!'
The LNP copped flack from within its own stable throughout the election.
Former LNP premier Campbell Newman reprimanded his own party, saying COVID-19 was not an excuse for their failure to win a majority.
'The LNP primary vote was 36 per cent a year ago. We had a problem prior to the pandemic,' he tweeted.
Deputy opposition leader Tim Mander defended the LNP's performance in a 'tough election'.
'I'm not going to take any advice off Campbell Newman that's for sure,' he said.
'No doubt it's a very disappointing result for us. We were very hopeful about a number of those seats that it looks like we're not going to win.'
Mr Mander refused to lay any blame at the feet of Ms Frecklington.
'I have absolutely zero criticism of Deb. She's done a great job under the circumstances,' he told ABC TV.
'She's been full of energy. She's got better as the campaign went on. There'll be a lot of learning from this. The last thing I'm thinking about is those type of issues.'
'We have to go away now and lick our wounds,' Mr Mander said.
Ms Frecklington was sure to retain her seat of Nanango.
LNP Queensland leader Deb Frecklington stands down .
The Member for Nanango declared she would stay on as leader on Saturday night but changed her decision yesterday.The Member for Nanango declared she would stay on as leader on Saturday night but changed her decision yesterday while spending time with her family.