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Newman govt and Gympie ‘will fall’ says PUP

"GYMPIE will fall," Palmer United Party Queensland parliamentary leader Alex Douglas said yesterday.

"And," he predicted, "so will Callide, Maryborough, Hervey Bay and Noosa."

"They will fall to us."

As Treasurer Tim Nichols promised Newman government cabinet ministers would "listen to the feedback voters provided at Saturday's Stafford by-election," opponents said they could hardly help it, as the "feedback" kept coming through louder than Jimi Hendrix.

A 20% swing according to some; bigger than that according to Mr Douglas.

"The party is over. The LNP is over," Clive Palmer tweeted, amid predictions the LNP would lose everything at the next state election; "53 seats" including that of Mr Nichols, Premier Campbell Newman and everything except Moggill, Southern Downs, Surfers Paradise and Gregory.

"No Queensland seat is safe," Gympie MP David Gibson said yesterday, as he contemplated his party's disastrous loss in Saturday's Stafford by-election.

Mr Douglas disagreed, but not in a way that would comfort the LNP. "Peter Wellington (independent) will hold Nicklin easily," he said.

"I certainly did enjoy it," Katter's Australia Party candidate Shane Paulger said of the election result.

"The LNP Government is arrogant and out of touch.

"The ALP started the asset sales. The LNP is going faster.

"Clearly Gympie has been taken for granted," he said.

Mr Gibson said all seats were precarious, especially "when a local member is retiring (as Mr Gibson is) or resigns (as Stafford's LNP member Chris Davis did, prompting the weekend by-election)."

A week after the LNP's Gympie and Wide Bay party machine attempted to bring back a Mary River dam as LNP policy, Mr Gibson said election results (for Labor in 2012 and at this by-election for the LNP) "show Queenslanders demand that all political parties listen to the people when formulating and implementing policies."

ALP Gympie candidate Stephen Meredith described the result as "terrific" and his leader Annastacia Palaszczuk attributed the result to "the Campbell Newman factor".

Gympie Times

Topics:  alex douglas, campbell newman, editors picks, lnp, pup, stafford




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