Queensland State Election Results 1969-2017

Queensland State Election Results 1969-2017

Liberal National Party Merger Has Proved To Be A Failure

Victor P Taffa

In 23 of the last 28 years the Liberal Party and National Party have sat on the Opposition Benches and it is time to have a strong and separate Liberal Party and National Party in Queensland again.

Notwithstanding the 1983 State Election result there has always been a strong Liberal Party and a strong National Party in Queensland.

Liberal National Party of Queensland (LNP) is a conservative political party in Queensland, Australia.

LNP was formed in July 2008 by a merger of the Queensland divisions of the Liberal Party of Australia and the National Party of Australia.

Liberal National Party merger has proved to be a failure losing 3 out of the 4 State Elections that it has contested.

Merger of Liberal Party and National Party allowed smaller parties such as One Nation and Katter’s Australian to gain support from traditional Liberal Party or National Party voters and members.

None of this would have happened during the leadership and Premiership of Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen.

Queensland’s longest serving continuous Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen took the National Party to majority government during his time in office as part of a 7 State Election winning sequence.

Sir Joh and his National Party decimated both the Labor Party in 1974 and the Liberal Party in 1983.

Quite clearly it is fanciful thinking to say that the merged Liberal National Party has been a success.

2017 State Election was so poor for the Liberal National Party that members such as Tracy Davis in Aspley and Ian Walker in Mansfield have lost their seats.

Tim Nicholls MLA is a thoroughly decent man however if a merged party could do no better than two separate parties then it is time to separate the Liberal Party and the National Party again to allow a credible and strong leader to come forward.

If disunity is death in politics then weakness is oblivion. Liberal National Party merger in Queensland has shown to be a failure.

Queensland LNP merger between the Liberal and National Parties has been an utter failure and both parties need to separate and identify their strengths.

Selling the merged parties as the LNP is a good reason for the failure.

In comparison with separate Liberal and National Parties Federally and in other states since 1989 they have enjoyed regular stints in office working together whereas the merged Queensland LNP since 1989 has seen 23 of the last 28 years on the opposition benches.

QLD Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls

 

 

 

 

 

 

Federal

1975 Federal Election

At the 1975 Federal Election landslide a coalition was maintained when Liberal Leader Malcolm Fraser could have governed alone. The Liberal Party won 68 seats while the National Party won 23 seats out of a possible 127 seats in the House of Representatives.

1977 Federal Election

At the 1977 Federal Election in a House of Representatives chamber of 124 seats the Liberal Party won 67 seats and the National Party won 19 seats. Liberal Leader Malcolm Fraser could have governed alone yet maintained a coalition with the National Party.

1996 Federal Election

At the 1996 Federal Election in a House of Representatives chamber of 148 seats the Liberal Party won 75 seats and the National Party won 18 seats. Liberal Leader John Howard could have governed alone yet maintained a coalition with the National Party.

Since 1989 both Liberal and National Parties served in Government regularly.

 

Western Australia

Despite not having a formal coalition the Liberal and National Parties worked well together in office during the Premiership of Colin Barnett.

Since 1989 both Liberal and National Parties served in Government regularly.

Victoria

Since 1989 both Liberal and National Parties served in Government regularly.

New South Wales

Since 1989 both Liberal and National Parties served in Government regularly.

What this shows is that a merged LNP in Queensland is a failure and both Liberal and National Parties need to reform as separate parties again.

Coalition of Liberal Party and National Party is a far better partnership whether in Government or Opposition.

Over the course of political history the Liberal Party or its predecessor the United Australia Party has always needed the Country/National Party in order to govern.

 

Queensland National Party Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen Election Wins

Queensland National Party Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen governed for 19 years and 115 days.

Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen governed Queensland from 8 Aug. 1968-1 Dec.1987 and is Queensland’s longest serving continuous Premier.

Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen won the following elections

  • 1986
  • 1983 Reduced Liberal Party to 8 seats out of 82
  • 1980
  • 1977
  • 1974 Reduced Labor Party to 11 seats out of 82
  • 1972
  • 1969

Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen’s Legacy

Some achievements of Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen as Premier included completing the Wivenhoe Dam in 1984. Construction began in 1973. Brisbane floods of 1974 highlighted the need for a dam to protect South-East Queensland.

Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen also built roads and railway lines. In 1982 Brisbane hosted the Commonwealth Games.

Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen also oversaw a growth in the economy of Queensland bringing the state forward to what is seen in 2017.

Sadly however Brisbane Trams ended operations on 13 April 1969.

Joh Bjelke-Petersen was made a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (KCMG) in 1984.

Sir Johannes Bjelke-Petersen was born on 13 January 1911 and died on 23 April 2005.

Sir Joh and Lady Flo Bjelke-Petersen married on 31 May 1952 and had 4 children.

 

Lady Florence Isabel Gilmour Bjelke-Petersen

Born on 11 August 1920 Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen’s wife Florence Bjelke-Petersen may have become a Senator for Queensland from 1981-93 however Flo Bjelke-Petersen will best be remembered for her Pumpkin Scone recipes.

This in no way simplifies Lady Flo but highlighted how her own personal popularity grew as shown by a connection with people through things that everyone could identify with.

Lady Bjelke-Petersen was born in the same year that the National Party began.

Lady Bjelke-Petersen is still going strong in December 2017.

 

1983 Queensland State Election

Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen and the National Party won 41 out of 82 seats in 1983 and were able to form Government in their own right.

After the election, Bjelke-Petersen openly invited Liberal MLA’s to defect to the Nationals. On 25 October, Liberal MLA’s, Brian Austin (Wavell) and Don Lane (Merthyr) took up Bjelke-Petersen’s offer and joined the Nationals.

This gave them 43 seats, a majority of 2 and the first time that the Nationals had governed in majority at any level in Australia.

This left only 6 Liberals, and marked the end of Terry White’s leadership and Angus Innes’ deputy leadership. Former leader Sir William Knox (Nundah) returned to lead what remained of the party.

QLD Premier Campbell Newman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Queensland Legislative Assembly Results 1969-2017

Liberal National Party 4th Election

Queensland State Election, 25 November 2017

Legislative Assembly

Party                           Seats   Change

Labor                           48        +4

One Nation                 1          +1

Katter’s Australian      3          +1

Greens                         1          +1

Liberal National         39        -3

Democratic Labor       0          0

Independent                1          0

Total Seats                 93

 

Liberal National Party 3rd Election

Queensland State Election, 31 January 2015

Legislative Assembly

Party                           Seats   Change

Labor                           44        +37

One Nation                 0          0

Katter’s Australian      2          0

Liberal National         42        -36

Democratic Labor       0          0

Independent                1          -1

Total Seats                 89

 

Liberal National Party 2nd Election

Queensland State Election, 24 March 2012

Legislative Assembly

Party                           Seats   Change

Labor                           7          -44

One Nation                 0          0

Katter’s Australian      2          +2

Liberal National         78        +44

Democratic Labor       0          0

Independent                2          -2

Total Seats                 89

 

Liberal National Party 1st Election

Queensland State Election, 21 March 2009

Legislative Assembly

Party                           Seats   Change

Labor                           51        -8

One Nation                 0          -1

Liberal National         34        +34

Democratic Labor       0          0

Independent                4          0

Total Seats                 89

 

Queensland State Election, 9 September 2006

Legislative Assembly

Party                           Seats   Change

Labor                           59        -4

One Nation                 1          0

Liberal                         8          +3

National                      17        +2

Democratic Labor       0          0

Independent                4          -1

Total Seats                 89

 

Queensland State Election, 7 February 2004

Legislative Assembly

Party                           Seats   Change

Labor                           63        -3

One Nation                 1          -2

Liberal                         5          +2

National                      15        +3

Democratic Labor       0          0

Independent                5          0

Total Seats                 89

 

Queensland State Election, 17 February 2001

Legislative Assembly

Party                           Seats   Change

Labor                           66        +22

One Nation                 3          -8

Liberal                         3          -6

National                      12        -11

Democratic Labor       0          0

Independent                5          +3

Total Seats                 89

 

Queensland State Election, 13 June 1998

Legislative Assembly

Party                           Seats   Change

Labor                           44        -1

One Nation                 11        +11

Liberal                         9          -5

National                      23        -6

Democratic Labor       0          0

Independent                2          +1

Total Seats                 89

 

Queensland State Election, 15 July 1995

Legislative Assembly

Party                           Seats   Change

Labor                           45        -9

Liberal                         14        +5

National                      29        +3

Democratic Labor       0          0

Independent                1          +1

Total Seats                 89

 

Queensland State Election, 19 September 1992

Legislative Assembly

Party                           Seats   Change

Labor                           54        0

Liberal                         9          +1

National                      26        -1

Democratic Labor       0          0

Independent                0          0

Total Seats                 89

 

Labor Party 1st Election Win In 32 Years

Queensland State Election, 2 December 1989

Legislative Assembly

Party                           Seats   Change

Labor                           54        +24

Liberal                         8          -2

National                      27        -22

Democratic Labor       0          0

Independent                0          0

Total Seats                 89

QLD Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk

 

Premiers of Queensland from 1989-2017 are as follows:

Premier                                  Party               Term of Office

Annastacia Palaszczuk            Labor               14 Feb. 2015-Present

Campbell Newman                 LNP                26 March 2012-14 Feb. 2015

Anna Bligh                              Labor               13 Sept. 2007-26 March 2012

Peter Beattie                           Labor               20 June 1998-13 Sept. 2007

Rob Borbidge                        National          19 Feb. 1996-26 June 1998

Wayne Goss                            Labor               7 Dec. 1989-19 Feb.1996

 

Queensland National Party Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen 7th Election Win

Queensland State Election, 1 November 1986

Legislative Assembly

Party                           Seats   Change

Labor                           30        -2

Liberal                         10        +2

National                      49        +8

Democratic Labor       0          0

Independent                0          -1

Total Seats                 89

 

Queensland National Party Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen 6th Election Win

Queensland State Election, 22 October 1983

Legislative Assembly

Party                           Seats   Change

Labor                           32        +7

Liberal                         8          -14

National                      41        +6

Democratic Labor       0          0

Independent                1          +1

Total Seats                 82

 

Queensland National Party Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen 5th Election Win

Queensland State Election, 29 November 1980

Legislative Assembly

Party                           Seats   Change

Labor                           25        +2

Liberal                         22        -2

National                      35        0

Democratic Labor       0          0

Independent                0          0

Total Seats                 82

 

Queensland National Party Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen 4th Election Win

Queensland State Election, 12 November 1977

Legislative Assembly

Party                           Seats   Change

Labor                           23        +12

Liberal                         24        -6

National                      35        -4

Democratic Labor       0          0

Independent                0          -2

Total Seats                 82

 

Queensland National Party Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen 3rd Election Win

Queensland State Election, 7 December 1974

Legislative Assembly

Party                           Seats   Change

Labor                           11        -22

Liberal                         30        +9

National                      39        +13

Democratic Labor       0          0

Independent                2          0

Total Seats                 82

 

Queensland National Party Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen 2nd Election Win

Queensland State Election, 27 May 1972

Legislative Assembly

Party                           Seats   Change

Labor                           33        +2

Liberal                         21        +2

Country                       26        0

Democratic Labor       0          -1

Independent                2          +1

Total Seats                 82

 

Queensland National Party Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen 1st Election Win

Queensland State Election, 17 May 1969

Legislative Assembly

Party                           Seats   Change

Labor                           31        +4

Liberal                         19        -1

Country                       26        0

Democratic Labor       1          0

Independent                1          -3

Total Seats                 78

 

Premiers of Queensland from 1957-89 are as follows:

Premier                                  Party                           Term of Office

Russell Cooper                        National                      25 Sept. 1989-7 Dec. 1989

Mike Ahern                             National                      1 Dec. 1987-25 Sept. 1989

Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen        Country/National        8 Aug. 1968-1 Dec.1987

Gordon Chalk                         Liberal                         1 Aug. 1968-8 Aug. 1968

Jack Pizzey                              Country                       17 Jan. 1968-31 July 1968

Sir Frank Nicklin                     Country                       12 Aug. 1957-17 Jan. 1968

 

Length Of Time In Office 1957-2017

Party                           Years In Office

Period December 1989-December 2017 (28 Years)

Labor Party                 22.7 years

Non-Labor Parties       5.3 years

Total                           28 years

 

Period August 1957-December 1989 (32.4 Years)

Labor Party                 0 years

Non-Labor Parties       32.4 years

Total                           32.4 years

 

National Party Change Of Names

National Party began as the Australian Country Party on 20 January 1920 at a Federal Level. In 1975 a change of name was made to the National Country Party before adopting its current name as The National Party in 1982.