CQ LNP MPs plead with voters after big swing against party
KEPPEL MP Bruce Young is urging Queenslanders to "stay the course" in the wake of the LNP's crushing defeat in the Stafford by-election.
He said he was alarmed by the result, which saw Labor candidate Anthony Lynham win the Brisbane seat with a strong swing of 18.6%.
"Naturally, I am alarmed and the party is alarmed at the size of that swing," Mr Young said.
"I believe we are making inroads but the message is not getting out there. Clearly, we have to work harder to make that happen.
"The LNP has a strong structure for fiscal recovery and I'm urging Queenslanders to stay with us."
Mr Young said the LNP was performing strongly in Central Queensland, kicking goals in health and law and order. He said the Stafford result was probably a reflection of the "tough decisions" the government had had to make in the south-east corner.
Brittany Lauga, Labor rival for the seat of Keppel, said Labor's resounding victory should send a clear message to an "arrogant" Newman government.
"It's a reflection on a government that's not listening to its people and that's why we are seeing the Newman government cabinet looking at reversing some of the unpopular decisions they have made," Ms Lauga said.
"Hopefully, it will make the Newman government realise they have been quite arrogant and they will start listening to the communities."
LNP Member for Mirani Ted Malone said the tough decisions taken by the LNP were starting to bear fruit but agreed with Mr Young that the message was not getting through.
"Campbell Newman promised to get the budget back on track," he said.