Labor's good polling bad news with One Nation's politics
FOR a farm and quarry state where most workers live outside the capital city, where populist anti-intellectualism is alive and well, and where we are Queenslanders first, Australians second, it's no surprise our politics pivot so profoundly on cultural identities.
But, even so, something unexpected is occurring in Queensland politics.
The conventional wisdom is that accident-prone governments - especially those hindered by hung parliaments, deserting MPs and ministerial sackings - will suffer defeat as the electoral tide ebbs towards what should be a more attractive opposition.
But this is Queensland, the "different" state where political waters flow uphill and electoral clocks run backwards.
That's why more than a few members in and out of George St were scratching their heads last week when a Newspoll found Annastacia Palaszczuk's minority Labor Government not only competitive at the looming election but poised to take more seats than the LNP - and possibly government in its own right.