Queensland Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk says her new Tasmanian Labor counterpart’s rebuilding task will take time.
Tasmania’s Labor Party has a big job ahead, reconnecting with voters and rebuilding after losing in a landslide, Queensland’s opposition leader says.
But Annastacia Palaszczuk says she is happy to help, after she took over the state Labor leadership following the party’s devastating 2012 defeat.
After 16 years in power, Tasmanian Labor has just six seats in a 25-member parliament, following a 14 per cent swing to the Liberals in Saturday’s state election.
“I’m happy to talk to the new Labor leader but politics is about reconnecting with people and rebuilding and you have to earn back voters’ trust and that takes time,” Ms Palaszczuk told reporters in Brisbane on Sunday.
But with Labor hopeful of retaining power in a hung parliament in South Australia, Ms Palaszczuk dismissed any suggestion the ALP brand was on the nose.
“It’s been very interesting,” she said.
“Labor was written off in South Australia.”
Ms Palaszczuk also downplayed criticism by former Queensland Labor powerbrokers of Queensland Labor for preselecting defeated MPs and former cabinet ministers for the 2015 state election.
“You’ll always have people criticising,” she said.
“We will be having a lot of fresh faces but I’ve said time and time again that I want some people back who’ve had that experience.
“You can’t run a cabinet unless you have some former cabinet experience.”