Frecklington hobbled by toxic Canberra infighting as party loses touch with voters
THERE is unlikely to be a Queenslander who wants the federal election resolved sooner than Deb Frecklington.
The LNP leader is in the paradoxical position where her appeal among voters is finally on the way up, yet her party’s support has sagged like a lukewarm souffle.
In the 10th year since the merger of the Liberal and National parties in Queensland, brand LNP has morphed into a toxic acronym. The macabre political spectacle of their Canberra colleagues – particularly Malcolm Turnbull’s flaying – continually eclipses the Opposition’s efforts to point out the State Government’s shortfalls.
It is not without irony that the coup was kicked off by a Queenslander in Peter Dutton, a man mocked by critics for having the electoral appeal of a three-day-old baked potato.
Meanwhile, faceless bit players within the party have ordered themselves up a lynch mob after a few MPs from southeast Queensland – the area where the LNP needs to win – backed abortion reform.
These acts are those of a party that has lost touch with voters and what it takes to win. They prefer fighting each other than their opponents.
Frecklington was little known when she assumed the LNP leadership. However, this might be the first term in a very long time when Queensland’s conservatives in opposition haven’t swapped a leader.
That’s no small achieve- ment against a Government that does little wrong but turned doing very little into an art form.
Frecklington needs the federal poll to be over. That will likely give her less than 18 months to cook up an alternative government in the hope that Queenslanders are hungry for change.