A new era in Queensland politics
Queensland’s 54th Parliament was elected on Saturday 24 March 2012. The LNP won a clear majority of seats in the unicameral legislature. It holds 78 of the 89 seats while the ALP was left with just seven seats. Bob Katter’s Australia Party won two seats and the remaining two seats are held by independents. The LNP waited nearly 14 years to gain office and, given the massive victory, no-one can claim the LNP lacks a mandate for its policies. The Newman-led LNP government promised to: ‘grow a four pillar economy’, ‘lower the cost of living for families by cutting waste’, ‘ deliver better infrastructure and better planning’, ‘revitalise front line services for families’, and ‘restore accountability in government’. Each of these core promises was supported by several policies listed on the LNP website (http://lnp.org.au/policies).