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Labor Suffers Setback in Queensland By-Elections, Prompting Calls for Change

Inala saw Labor's Margie Nightingale retain the seat but not without a significant 19.3% swing towards the LNP.

In a turn of events that could foreshadow challenges for the upcoming October state election, the Labor Party faced significant defeats in the recent Queensland by-elections.

Queensland Premier Steven Miles has candidly expressed the outcomes as “very bad” for Labor, highlighting a clear demand from voters for governmental improvement.

The by-elections, which took place in Inala and Ipswich West, concluded with disappointing results for Labor, exceeding the already low expectations. Ipswich West, previously considered a safe Labor seat, was claimed by the Liberal-National Party’s (LNP) Darren Zanow, who secured a substantial 39.6% of the primary vote, marking a 17.9% swing in his favour.

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Meanwhile, Inala saw Labor’s Margie Nightingale retain the seat but not without a significant 19.3% swing towards the LNP.

The losses come in the wake of Annastacia Palaszczuk’s resignation in Inala and Jim Madden’s departure for council elections in Ipswich West, triggering the by-elections. Darren Zanow, the new MP for Ipswich West, attributed his victory in part to the electorate’s response to local issues, notably the murder of grandmother Vyleen White, underscoring a demand for action on housing, health, and crime.

Both Premier Miles and Opposition Leader David Crisafulli interpreted the election results as a cry for change from Queenslanders. Miles acknowledged the message from voters, committing to address key concerns such as cost of living and community safety.

However, he recognized the challenges ahead, questioning whether the seven months leading to the state election would suffice to regain public confidence.

On the other hand, Crisafulli viewed the significant swings as indicative of a loss of trust in the current government, emphasizing the LNP’s opportunity to present themselves as a viable alternative capable of addressing Queensland’s pressing issues.

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With an opinion poll indicating a preference for the LNP over Labor, the by-election results have sent ripples through the political landscape. Federal Nationals leader David Littleproud reflected on the outcomes as a stark rebuke to the Labor government, signalling potential repercussions for Labor’s performance in the forthcoming state election.

As Queensland gears up for October, the Labor Party faces the task of rebuilding trust and addressing the electorate’s concerns, while the LNP sees an opportunity to capitalize on the momentum from the by-election victories.

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