I have been a bit surprised that there’s been little discussion during the election campaign about who will replace Anna Bligh as Labor leader. Perhaps that’s because Andrew Fraser was rightly assumed to be next in line. But, on the basis of the latest polling, the LNP’s decapitation strategy will work by default, with leadership contenders such as Deputy Premier Fraser, Education Minister Cameron Dick and former QCU Secretary Grace Grace likely to be swept away in the LNP-slide.
I’ve taken a look at this question in today’s Crikey. I think the next Labor leader will be a woman, and I suspect it will be Member for Inala and Transport Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk.
The other big question, and it’s one that also goes to Labor leadership, is whether a wipeout of the Queensland Labor Party on Saturday also necessarily implies that Labor will lose the next federal election in this state alone. I suspect it does.