Queensland has long been the battleground state for federal elections, and rightly so.
Before September this year, 16 of 30 federal seats were held on margins of less than five per cent, and the whole state sat on a knife edge.
In the end, the recent federal election delivered a strong outcome for Tony Abbott and the Liberal-National Party Coalition (LNP).
The Coalition won a further two seats in Queensland – giving the LNP at least 22 electorates (seven weeks after the election and the seat of Fairfax is still undecided), compared to the ALP’s six.
But as former US President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously observed, with great power comes great responsibility.
Historical under-investment in infrastructure, the pressures of a growing population, and a volatile economy all require the dedicated efforts of a committed Federal Government.
For Tony Abbott and his team the hard work begins now, and the challenge in Queensland alone is momentous.
By way of example, on a safety scale of one to five, more than 45 per cent of the Bruce Highway is rated below two by the Australian Road Assessment Program; Queensland has the second highest population growth in Australia; and the volatile resources sector employs 20 per cent of our workforce.
Our state is one with big challenges, but it’s also an electoral battleground that’s tied to great opportunity.
The task for the Abbott Government will be to deliver a plan that reconciles the political challenges with electoral fortunes.
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