THE LNP had made a mess of the 2015 election campaign which clearly had major faults and policies that were not accepted by the people of Queensland, a furious Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle said last night.
Mr McArdle said there was a need for the party to immediately understand why "it had made such a mess" of this campaign after going into it with such a strong majority.
"We should never be in this position,'' he said.
"We have made a mess of it and suffered the consequences. I have been stunned by this result.
"We have serious questions to deal with about this campaign and what went wrong. and then we have to correct it."
Mr McArdle suffered a swing of 19% against him leaving him with a tight 51.44% lead over Labor's Jason Hunt on 48.56%.
It was a stunning result for Labor which had gone into the election campaign for the seat of Caloundra with one simple goal.
Facing an established sitting member of the LNP government in Energy Minister Mark McArdle with a 21.2% margin it was modest.
"We haven't won a single booth since Christine Anthony (Labor's candidate in 2004),'' 2015 candidate Jason Hunt said. "We are hoping if we win a couple it will make this very interesting."
Did you expect such a massive statewide swing against the LNP?
This poll ended on 01 February 2016.
No. I thought things would stay roughly the same.
No. I thought they'd lose seats but nothing like this.
Yes. There was always going to be a correction.
Yes. The LNP had to go.
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
Mr Hunt said Labor's rejuvenated branches here would lead the Labor Party back to the Sunshine Coast.
On his Facebook page the day after the disastrous 2012 result Mr Hunt wrote that nothing promotes growth like a good pruning.
"We had a lot of new people running as candidates this time,'' he said.
Labor will struggle in Shelly Beach, Pelican Waters and Our Lady of the Rosary booths, but Mr Hunt said he had a good feeling about the big booths of Golden Beach, Currimundi and Bellvista.
The Woodford Corrections officer, who has a teaching degree, said the 2015 election outcome was historic.
"Political science students will study the Newman government for a long time,'' he said. "They'll be writing papers on it. There will be tutorial topics on the first term of this government.''
Two-party preferred: MARK McARDLE (LNP) 51.44%, JASON HUNT (LABOR), 48.56%.
Primary vote: Mark McArdle (LNP), 41.05%; Jason Hunt (Labor), 29.4%; Fiona Anderson (Greens), 11.47%; Phil Collins (PUP), 10.36%; Barry Jones (Ind), 7.72%.
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