Editor's note

Having grown up in regional Queensland, I’ve borne my fair share of post-election Quexit jokes. To many southern-born journalists, Scott Morrison’s victory came as a surprise, but once the result was finally announced I couldn’t say “I told you so” fast enough.

But opinion and failed predictions aside, what exactly happened in the Sunshine State? Why did Labor perform so poorly? Is Queensland an inherently conservative part of Australia? And is it time to redraw state lines in Australia, or even add new states?

This week on Trust Me, I’m An Expert, we bring you a discussion between two Queenslanders who have spent years studying their state’s political currents. Listen to this discussion between political scientist Anne Tiernan from Griffith University and University of Southern Queensland’s John Cole, who has research expertise in the history of Australian federation, regional development and regional communities.

Molly Glassey

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Two Queensland-based experts discuss what so many politicians and pundits get wrong about the Sunshine State – and what its citizens are crying out for.

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