At the last Queensland State Election in 2012, voters delivered an unprecedented result in the State’s history. Not only was Labor removed from office, but it was left with only 8 percent of seats in the State’s single chamber, whilst the Campbell Newman-led Liberal National Party (LNP) experienced a 13.7 per cent two-party-preferred swing to take government outright.
When former Premier Campbell Newman announced a snap election for January 31st 2015, not many predicted the final outcome.
Labor, under the leadership of Annastacia Palaszczuk, went on to win 44 seats amidst some to-ing and fro-ing which required the Electoral Commission of Queensland to make declarations around seats.
To form minority government; however, Labor required 45 seats and with the support of long-term independent Peter Wellington MP, went on to form government – proving that we play our politics like we play our footie, to the last breath!
Although short lived, the 2015 Queensland State Election saw some fantastical results, revelations and close calls including: the disqualification of a Palmer United Party (PUP) candidate for being an undischarged bankrupt; the son of a former premier, John Bjelke-Petersen, having a go as the State Leader for PUP (he was the PUP candidate for Callide); Campbell Newman losing his seat in Ashgrove (and hence the leadership) back to former sitting member, Kate Jones MP; and Pauline Hanson coming close to winning the seat of Lockyer.
It was an election won largely on preferences and one which saw pre-poll and postal votes playing a key role in the result.
Did you miss the circus or do you long to revisit a not so distant past? Well State Library of Queensland has you covered. A wonderful motley crew of photographers – Hamish Cairns, Dean Saffron, Brian Cassey and Peter Fischmann – were out and about, documenting various aspects of the 2015 Queensland State Election for posterity and their collections are available for viewing through our online catalogue.
Have a look. You know you want to! See our online catalogue for the 2015 Queensland State Election Photographs
Zenovia Pappas – Contemporary Collecting Coordinator, State Library of Queensland