Towards the dying days of the campaign to save marriage in Australia, the Queensland ACL office received the news we were expecting, but hoping wouldn’t happen – our State election was being held in 26 days!
And we knew that this was an election that would demand all of our attention and effort. It’s not that we weren’t ready – we were. But we were tired from working long and demanding hours already. We reminded each other that the Joy of the Lord is our strength!
We launched an extensive election website featuring every candidate’s position on a ACL questionnaire that we sent to every party and Independent candidate for which we had contact details.
We ran Meet Your Candidate forums, we recorded video messages, we letterboxed around 300,000 homes throughout the State and we prayed. This has been a pivotal election in our State.
On the one hand, the ALP platform included draconian abortion laws which would allow abortion up to birth, the introduction of euthanasia laws, and the support for radical sex education that teaches children their gender is fluid.
On the other hand, the LNP platform was to retain current abortion laws, remove ‘Safe Schools’ education from our schools and reject any push for euthanasia laws.
Into the mix we had commentators predicting a strong One Nation vote, plus the Katter Party and other independents.
In a weird turn of events, in the lead up to the election, the ALP kept saying that a vote for One Nation would be a vote for the LNP. In reality, because of the preference system that One Nation used, the voters who followed One Nation How to Vote cards could ultimately be responsible for LNP sitting members losing their seats and getting Labor re-elected.
Despite the short notice, Queenslanders were keen to get to the polls. With just over 3 million registered voters, close to 1 million voted before polling day. This is one of the reasons it is taking so long to announce the outcome. As I write, 12 seats are still undecided out of 93. Neither major party has enough to form a majority government. One of the seats still being counted has literally 34 votes between them. The fate of the government will be decided by just a few thousand votes from people scattered across the State. A great example of the power of one!
If neither party achieves a majority and there is a reliance on the cross-bench, Queenslanders will be glad that the Katter Party will be there, as they are pro-life and against Marxist ideology being taught in our schools.
What the election has shown is a high degree of cynicism and disillusionment towards the political establishment with both major parties experiencing a swing against them. Voters are turning away from major parties. Labor received about 36%, and LNP about 34% of the vote.
For the Federal Government, this will cause a degree of anxiety in regards to the Bennelong by-election on 16th December. Psychologically, at the very least, the Queensland result will be depressing for the Federal Government who are experiencing a run of bad polls.
Apart from a couple of exceptions, the seats that performed well in the Queensland election were seats with candidates who held to strong family values. Perhaps this is the main lesson that both parties need to take note of.