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Liberal National Party of Queensland

Defying the doomsayers, LNP shows the way forward

Liberal National Party of Queensland 43%

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The federal election may hold a message for the Liberal Party and the Nationals. A national merger may be the smart way forward.


The strong performance of the Liberal National Party of Queensland in the 21 August poll runs counter to the prediction of the doomsaying merger critics and positioned the organisation strongly in the federal sphere.


When the next federal parliament sits, the LNP will have delivered 21 of the 73 coalition (and WA NP) members of the House of Representatives.


This defies the criticism and dire predictions that followed the formation of the merged party.


”I think Barnaby [Joyce] is wrong to be even contemplating wins; the LNP is falling well short of providing any reason for people to vote for them,” the 22 June 2010 Brisbane Times reported Mal Brough as saying.


“If Tony Abbott wants to be prime minister, he has to win in Queensland … But the one thing that could stand in his way is his own party, or at least that hybrid mix of Nationals and Liberals who have hijacked the local franchise,” the Australian editorialised on 16 June 2010.


“The merged Queensland Liberal National Party now has no future federally—if it ever did—and the two wings of the conservative political movement north of the Tweed are likely to be in a death roll when Kevin Rudd calls the next election, which could be won or lost in his home state,” the Australian&rsqo;s Glenn Milne wrote on 5 October last year.


Wrong, wrong, wrong.


Read more: Australian Conservative (September 2 2010)

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