Ipswich goes Labor, but LNP get home

LET'S look into the election crystal ball and predict what we will read in the papers on Monday.

The Courier Mail headline will say that they were right all along and that we should be cheering because the LNP has retained power in Queensland, albeit by a much smaller margin.

Their next big story will say that Campbell Newman has been tossed out in a stinging rebuke to his leadership style and that Lawrence Springborg is one of the favourites to take over as premier.

In the QT you will read that local voters have rallied to the Labor Party with Jo-Ann Miller making Bundamba one of the safest Labor seats in Queensland, Jennifer Howard sweeping aside Ian Berry and Jim Madden getting over the line in a close tussle with Sean Choat.

The Lockyer seat will provide the most commentary with preferences set to determine whether the LNP's Ian Rickuss will hold onto his seat.

That is what all the pre-election polls are telling us, but as we all know elections can throw massive curve balls.

If all that does come to pass my editorial will speak about the concerns I have for the future of Ipswich now it has become a LNP wasteland.

I will also say we should have rallied behind the LNP's Sean Choat to keep his seat because he revealed in his one term that he was a man who put his community first above his party.

I don't like getting the facts wrong, but on this occasion I hope this editorial is slightly off the mark.



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