The Queensland Election of 21 March, 2009: Labor's Swim Against the Tide

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Title The Queensland Election of 21 March, 2009: Labor's Swim Against the Tide
Author Williams, Paul Douglas
Journal Name Australian Journal of Political Science
Year Published 2010
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Routledge
Abstract This article explores the events before and during the 2009 Queensland election which saw the Bligh Labor Government returned far more easily than commentators and opinion polls had indicated. This election remains especially noteworthy for its groundbreaking firsts, including the first election of a woman state premier, and the first election for Queensland's single, merged Liberal-National Party. The article concludes that Anna Bligh's then-popular leadership, Opposition leader Lawrence Springborg's alleged poor grasp of economic realities, and fears of job losses during the global financial crisis were the prime motivators of swinging electors' vote choice.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI
Volume 45
Issue Number 2
Page from 277
Page to 283
ISSN 1036-1146
Date Accessioned 2011-01-19
Date Available 2011-06-30T08:44:30Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Centre for Cultural Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Political Science
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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