Queensland unions say yesterday’s undecided verdict shows Australians have rejected the LNP's plan to put corporate tax cuts ahead of decent health and education funding and addressing the jobs crisis.
Queensland Council of Unions General Secretary Ros McLennan said the final count was still too close to call but the LNP’s election trigger to revive the unfair Australian Building and Construction Commission had been revealed as a charade over the course of the campaign.
“The issue of jobs and the future of Medicare has proven to be at the forefront of voters’ thoughts in the election,” she said.
In Queensland, unions campaigned strongly in seats in regional and metropolitan areas and five – Longman, Forde, Herbert, Flynn and Capricornia – look likely to change hands, she said.
“It vindicates our campaign to Put the LNP Last to protect weekend penalty rates, save Medicare, create local jobs and properly fund education and health.
"Thanks to all our campaign volunteers who have worked tirelessly to build a better future for their communities," she said.
“The LNP has been sent a strong message that Australians do not agree with its economic plan to cut corporate tax while millions of Australian workers face paying more to see the doctor.”
She said more than 300,000 phone calls had been made to union members in Queensland in recent months to discuss the negative impacts of electing an LNP government.
“Union members have also knocked on thousands of doors in target electorates across the state to reinforce the importance of putting the LNP last when they vote.
“We’ve had great support throughout Queensland at rallies and community events.
“Local jobs have been the critical issue, especially in the north and far north of the state. Voters everywhere have also been concerned about the future of Medicare, as well as decent funding for education through Gonski.
“Remember that Malcolm Turnbull started this marathon election campaign on the illusion that we needed to restore the Australian Building and Construction Commission.
“But we’ve barely heard a word about the ABCC – and the federal Coalition has ignored important questions about the future of industrial relations in this country."