‘Ignorant’ inner-city voters are slammed after calling for a ‘Quexit’ separation from Queensland in light of the Coalition’s shock election victory
- Inner-city voters have been slammed for calling for a ‘Quexit’ following election
- People took to social media to joke that the nation should ‘cut Queensland loose’
- Support for the Labor party collapsed in the state, causing a Coalition win
- Liberal National MP Ken O’Dowd have called the inner-city voters ‘ignorant’
Inner-city voters have been slammed for opposing the implementation of the Adani mine and calling for a ‘Quexit’, separating Queensland from the rest of the country following the result of the shock federal election.
Thousands of Australians took to social media to joke that the nation should ‘cut Queensland loose’ after support for Labor collapsed in the state, costing the party and Bill Shorten the election.
Posts on Twitter showed a map of the country, however Queensland was replaced with the ocean, accompanied by the word ‘Quexit’ – in reference to Britain’s Brexit from the European Union.
Liberal National MP Ken O’Dowd, who managed to retain his marginal seat of Flynn, has since slammed ‘ignorant’ inner-city voters for their reaction to the election result.
Inner-city voters have been slammed for opposing the implementation of the Adani mine and calling for a ‘Quexit’
Thousands of Australians took to social media to joke that the nation should ‘cut Queensland loose’ after the Coalition claimed victory
According to The Sydney Morning Herald, voters have blamed the Labor party’s failure to connect with voters in Queensland for the loss.
‘These people don’t even know where central Queensland is,’ Mr O’Dowd said.
‘They should come and have a look and see what this country is about.’
Traditional Labor voters deserted their party at the ballot box after Bill Shorten vowed to change the nation and take ‘real action’ on climate change.
The party’s immigration spokesman Shayne Neumann said Labor needed to work to ‘do better and reconnect with working class and middle Australians.’
Mr Neumann, who narrowly secured Labor’s only regional Queensland seat of Blair after a huge primary vote swing against him, echoed Mr O’Dowd’s thoughts.
‘I wish they had done this (shown support for Adani) some weeks ago. This hurt us badly,’ he said.
‘I campaigned, like many of my colleagues, in places like Rockhampton, Townsville and Gladstone, this was a big issue in central and north Queensland.
‘You can go through some of these country towns and cities in Queensland and see where there are places for leases because shops have closed. People in Queensland are pro-mining and they’re pro-jobs and this issue hurt us very badly here.’
Liberal National MP Ken O’Dowd (pictured with Prime Minister Scott Morrison) has since slammed ‘ignorant’ inner-city voters for their reaction to the election result
The posts came after support for the Labor party collapsed in the state, forcing Bill Shorten to lose the ‘unloseable election’
Queensland Labor Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has demanded action over the Adani coalmine after her party’s federal election defeat.
Ms Palaszczuk criticised her own government’s delays in approving Australia’s biggest mine.
She said federal Labor’s loss of core support in the Sunshine State has given her a ‘wake-up call.’
The Adani coal mine will be built at Galilee Basin (pictured), some 500kms west of Mackay
Before the federal election, Ms Palaszczuk promised there would be no political interference in the decision to approve the Adani mine.
But on Wednesday she stood before cameras in a hard hat in Mackay and demanded a meeting between Adani and her own government ministers.
‘The community is fed up with the processes, I know I’m fed up with the processes, I know my local members are fed up with the processes,’ Ms Palaszczuk said.
‘We need some certainty, and we need some timeframes. Enough is enough… the federal election was definitely a wake-up call to everyone.’
The Adani coalmine will provide 1,500 jobs in regional Queensland but building work is on hold pending approval from the regulator, Queensland’s Environment Department.
Despite their best efforts to promote the potential problems the mine may cause to the climate, many Queensland locals focused on the positive impact the mine will have on jobs