Palaszczuk's 'anti-jobs' agenda cost Labor federally

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk's 'anti-jobs' agenda cost Labor federally


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Annastacia Palaszczuk has rejected claims her handling of Adani hurt Labor federally.

Annastacia Palaszczuk has rejected claims her handling of Adani hurt Labor federally.

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The blame game for Labor has begun in earnest in Queensland.

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The blame game for Labor has begun in earnest in Queensland, with the party's handling of Adani emerging as decisive to their failed federal election campaign.

Labor leader Bill Shorten's inconsistent messaging on the issue has been criticised as has Annastacia Palaszczuk's "anti-jobs" agenda in failing to speed up approval of Adani's coal mine.

But the premier has taken a swipe at her federal counterparts' "complex message" about the controversial mine during the campaign.

"It needed to be a very simple message," Ms Palaszczuk told reporters on Sunday.

"It's about jobs."

Ms Palaszczuk rejected the claim that her government's handling of the Adani project hurt Labor federally, having this month told the miner to go back to the drawing board over plans to protect an endangered finch.

"Every mining application in this state has to go through the relevant approvals," she said.

"I'm not the independent (mining) regulator."

Federal Resources Minister Matt Canavan, a Queensland senator, said Adani was "no doubt" the biggest issue in cental and northern Queensland.

"They've been sitting on this for eight years," he told AAP.

"It's a high-vis revolution."

Queensland LNP senator Amanda Stoker said Mr Shorten "said one thing in Rockhampton and another in Melbourne" and voters didn't want "extremist" climate action.

Labor frontbencher Brendan O'Connor has blamed the heavy spending by Clive Palmer and his party and One Nation directing preferences to the LNP for Labor's federal result.

But the state opposition said an "increasingly arrogant" Palaszczuk government couldn't see that "Queenslanders want the jobs".

"This election result for the LNP in Queensland is a direct result of the fact that Annastacia Palaszczuk is anti-regions, anti-resources and anti-jobs," LNP leader Deb Frecklington said.

"This (Adani's mine) is a project that needs a fair go and it's obvious that Queenslanders want the jobs."

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has held his northern Brisbane seat of Dickson, while George Christensen has been returned to Dawson with a swing of just under 12 per cent.

The LNP has also likely gained Townsville seat Herbert - won by Labor's Cathy O'Toole in 2016 by just 37 votes - as well as retaining Flynn, Capricornia and Leichhardt on the state's north and central coasts.

In the metropolitan southeast, Labor failed to have an impact in a slew of marginal seats.

Coalition figures have suggested former Greens leader Bob Brown's protest against the controversial coal mine, which wound through central Queensland during the campaign, galvanised voters for the LNP.

"Bob's going to get a Christmas card from me," Senator Canavan said.

Mr Brown said "greed won" over climate action.

"People went for the money," Mr Brown said.

"It just shows that dollars will defeat morality at the ballot box."

Australian Associated Press

The story Palaszczuk's 'anti-jobs' agenda cost Labor federally first appeared on Queensland Country Life.

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