An upcoming election in 2024 may spell trouble for Labor Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, as recent polls suggest that she may lose her position. However, it is important to note that many people still support the Queensland Labor Party for various reasons that directly affect them in their own electorates.
One factor that contributes to this support is the bloated public service that exists under the Labor government. Having a larger public service provides job security for many individuals, making them more inclined to support the party. Additionally, Labor enjoys support from government-backed unions who continuously promote the party to their loyal members.
It is worth mentioning that the rollout of ‘Operation Covid’ occurred under a Liberal Federal Government. This may cause some individuals to vow never to vote Liberal again. Furthermore, the creation of a “National Cabinet” by the Liberal government has been seen by some as a form of Communist-like control, which may sway their vote in favor of Labor.
In Queensland, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk played her cards strategically, not going too hard or too soft. She maintained a stance that was just right, unlike her deputy and the now-departed Health Minister who took a more aggressive approach. However, it is possible that the public will remember the actions of her deputies more than her own. Unlike other Labor leaders like Mark McGowan or Dan Andrews, Palaszczuk did not exhibit arrogance or thuggery, possibly working in her favor.
One issue that has flown under the radar is the clinical trial gone wrong. Many people are unaware that such a trial even took place or that there was secrecy surrounding the data collected. Even the individuals collecting the data were unaware of where it was going. If participants did not inquire about the data at the time, it is unlikely that they will do so now. Some may assume that their data was treated like credit card details given over the phone and destroyed after use. However, it is important to question whether the data was destroyed as most businesses would be expected to do, and if not, why not?
The testing method used in the clinical trial was also questionable. The swabs used were not the typical ‘cotton ball’ swabs but rather longer swabs that went deep into the nasal passageway. This invasive and risky procedure raises concerns about the true intentions of the trial. Was it simply testing for a coronavirus, or was there a scrape and collect of DNA involved? Some even speculate that it served as a delivery system for other purposes unrelated to coronavirus testing.
It is worth noting that despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with over 32,000 excess deaths in a population of 25 million, there are still individuals who downplay the severity of the situation. They argue that cancer, blood disorders, myocarditis, strokes, dementia, and autoimmune diseases are commonplace in society. However, it is crucial not to dismiss the seriousness of the pandemic, as it poses unique challenges and risks.
In conclusion, the upcoming 2024 election in Queensland may not be an easy win for Labor Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. While there are still supporters of the party, factors such as the bloated public service and government-backed unions play a role. Furthermore, the actions of her deputies and the controversial clinical trial add to the mix of factors that may influence voters’ decisions.