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Queensland: how it happened and what it means

1 February 2015

As the count continues on the day after the election, Inside Story’s election analyst Brian Costar talks to Peter Clarke about a remarkable result and its national repercussions

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Queensland Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk with her family, including father Henry (left) and grandmother Beryle Erskine (seated), at Lions Richlands Club last night. John Pryke/AAP Image

Queensland Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk with her family, including father Henry (left) and grandmother Beryle Erskine (seated), at Lions Richlands Club last night. John Pryke/AAP Image


To the surprise of most commentators, Labor looks set to form government in Queensland. Not so surprised was Brian Costar, professor of politics at the Swinburne Institute for Social Research. He talks to Peter Clarke about what went wrong for the Liberal National Party.

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Wrong side of history: Robert Menzies (left) at the Pentagon with US defense secretary Robert McNamara in 1964, as the United States began escalating its involvement in the Vietnam war. Ralph Seghers/Wikimedia

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