Sunday, March 22, 2009
The Enigma that is Queensland
Anna Bligh has done it. She's won the Queensland election pretty comfortably in the end. Labor leads the state and the nation, still. Rudd breathes a sigh of relief. It shows his popularity is strong and his sober competence and so-called fiscal conservatism well regarded. At least in his home state.
Queensland is a funny place. It covers a huge and diverse geographic and ideological space. This is home, after all, to Joh Bjelke-Petersen, The Go-Betweens, Warrick Capper and the Big Pineapple. As well as some of the country's finest national parks, loudest greenies, toughest miners, best beaches and most horrendous beachside developments.
Arguably the most redneck state of all, they have voted in the country's first directly elected female premier. And she's Labor. Meanwhile, Hanson still manages to rakes in 20% of the primary vote in her electorate*. One might conclude there is a polarisation of opinion and a small middle ground. Based on such a superficial analysis of course.
* I suspect if those photos had proved to be her, she may have tipped 25%. Honk, honk. Know what I mean?