The Queensland election results are still being finalised but the swing back to Labor after a landslide win for the Liberal Nationals in 2012 is one of the most dramatic in Australia's history.

Meanwhile, in Canberra, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has survived a spill motion.

Professor John Warhurst from the Australian National University talks about the Queensland vote, about trends in politics more broadly, and about the difficulties political leaders face in a society which expects strong performances in the short term.

You can listen to the full interview below, or you can hear it in three separate segments.