A bizarre election day farce saw Liberal National Party leader Deb Frecklington time her concession speech right in the middle of Annastacia Palaszczuk’s victory announcement.
Ms Frecklington conceded defeat on Saturday night as the Labor leader secured a majority government before thanking her party and addressing the state.
Analysts and viewers were left gobsmacked after Ms Frecklington chose to make her concession speech at the exact time Ms Palaszczuk spoke in front of a cheering crowd.
Sky News host Alan Jones took aim at the LNP and said it was being run ‘by three stooges’ after the timing blunder.
‘They’ve lost. Will someone tell her they’ve lost. I just found that extraordinary,’ Mr Jones said.
Mr Jones pointed out that the opposition leader traditionally concedes defeat before the victorious party leader presents their victory speech.
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A bizarre election day farce saw Liberal National Party leader Deb Frecklington time her concession speech right in the middle of Annastacia Palaszczuk’s victory lap (pictured, in the bottom left-hand corner)
Ms Frecklington (pictured) conceded defeat on Saturday night as the Labor leader secured majority government before thanking her party and addressing the state
‘Frecklington has been badly let down. I don’t know the lady, but she presents well, she speaks well, but it’s what she says that lets her down,’ he said.
The timing error caused the speeches to air at the same time, meaning TV and blogging coverage had to switch between the two, or wait for one to end.
Political analysts were left shocked, saying they’d never seen it before and Ms Frecklington’s advisers must have failed her with the blunder.
Despite the awkward farce, Ms Frecklington told Liberal National Party followers she intends to remain in the job following the election loss.
‘Queenslanders have made their decision, and I thank each and every one of them for voting and for upholding our democracy,’ the opposition leader told a function of LNP faithful in Brisbane late on Saturday.
‘This decision is respected by the Liberal National Party. And I am so proud of the campaign that we have fought.’
The LNP looked likely to retain at least 32 seats in the 93-seat parliament. In the last parliament the opposition had 38 seats.
The timing error caused the speeches to air at the same time (pictured), meaning TV and blogging coverage had to switch between the two, or wait for one to end
Political analysts were left shocked, saying they’d never seen it before and Ms Frecklington’s advisers must have failed her (pictured, the badly timed speeches playing at once)
‘I will continue to play my part in the Liberal National Party and I will continue as the leader of this great party,’ Ms Frecklington said.
‘The LNP is going to continue to hold the Palaszczuk government to account.
‘We will speak up for those who have been forgotten and left behind. We’re going to fight for the families of this great state because families mean more than anything.’
Following her speech Ms Frecklington insisted she wasn’t trying to spoil the premier’s speech.
Viewers were outraged about the timing error, with many taking to social media to express their confusion.
Viewers were outraged about the timing error, with many taking to social media to express their confusion
‘It appears Deb Frecklington is not waiting for Annastacia Palaszczuk to finish her speech. She’s speaking now while the Premier is still speaking. Has this ever happened before?’ One user wrote on Twitter.
‘As usual Frecklington can’t read the room and has got her timing wrong. Why is she giving her speech while the PREMIER OF QUEENSLAND is speaking,’ another said.
‘Deb Frecklington doing her concession speech when no one is listening is a metaphor for the entire election campaign,’ one user tweeted.
Another wrote: ‘Wow! How ungracious by Frecklington, giving her concession speech whilst Palaszczuk is giving her thank you speech. No class!’
The LNP copped flack from within its own stable throughout the election.
Former LNP premier Campbell Newman reprimanded his own party, saying COVID-19 was not an excuse for their failure to win a majority.
This was also Australia’s first ever state election contest between two female leaders, with opposition leader Deb Frecklington conceding defeat (pictured) at exactly the same time as the premier claimed victory – breaking convention
Wearing pink, Ms Palaszczuk had a message for critics of Queensland’s border closure, from her New South Wales Liberal counterpart Gladys Berejiklian to Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured in her Inala electorate in Brisbane’s south with her mother Laurel)
‘The LNP primary vote was 36 per cent a year ago. We had a problem prior to the pandemic,’ he tweeted.
Deputy opposition leader Tim Mander defended the LNP’s performance in a ‘tough election’.
‘I’m not going to take any advice off Campbell Newman that’s for sure,’ he said.
‘No doubt it’s a very disappointing result for us. We were very hopeful about a number of those seats that it looks like we’re not going to win.’
Mr Mander refused to lay any blame at the feet of Ms Frecklington.
‘I have absolutely zero criticism of Deb. She’s done a great job under the circumstances,’ he told ABC TV.
‘She’s been full of energy. She’s got better as the campaign went on. There’ll be a lot of learning from this. The last thing I’m thinking about is those type of issues.’
‘We have to go away now and lick our wounds,’ Mr Mander said.
Ms Frecklington was sure to retain her seat of Nanango.