Queensland’s controversial former deputy premier Jackie Trad has lost her inner-city seat of South Brisbane in the state election.
With 67 per cent of the vote counted, her Greens challenger Amy MacMahon has picked up 55 per cent of the vote.
Ms MacMahon will join Greens MP Michael Berkman — who has retained his Brisbane seat of Maiwar — as the second Greens representative to join the Queensland Parliament.
ABC chief election analyst Antony Green said Ms Trad cannot win in South Brisbane from second place.
“There’s no way the Greens are going to finish behind Jackie Trad,” he said.
“The Greens will win that and Jackie Trad will be defeated.”
Ms MacMahon said voters had responded to the Greens’ positive vision.
“This result tonight in South Brisbane — we’ve also seen big swings in McConnel and Cooper — this sends a message to the political establishment that the time when mining corporations are able to dictate to our political system who gets what, is completely over,” she said as supporters cheered her.
“This time we’re going to have Greens MPs in Parliament fighting for everyday Queenslanders.
“We’ll be fighting for things like 100 per cent publicly-owned clean energy, we’ll be fighting for free public transport and housing.”
‘A loss to the Labor Party’
Ms Trad did not invite the media to her election night event.
On Saturday evening, she praised her supporters on social media.
“My heart is so full because of the support I’ve received from locals, volunteers, Labor Party members, friends and of course, my beautiful family,” Ms Trad said.
“I’m so grateful to each and every person who has helped make a difference, not just to my campaign, but to our community as well.
“Together, we’ve achieved so much, for South Brisbane and for Queensland. Thank you,” Ms Trad said
Deputy Premier Steven Miles blamed the LNP’s decision to direct preferences to the Greens above Labor.
“It’s obviously a sad result for Jackie, but it’s a result of the LNPs decision to elect more Greens to the Parliament and they’re going to have to answer for that I think,” he said.
“You will need to answer for every position Amy MacMahon takes, every position Amy MacMahon takes will be because you got her elected,” Mr Miles said.
The LNP’s Deputy Leader Tim Mander said Labor had lost votes to the Greens.
“The voters have made their choice and as you have rightly said, the primary vote is up for the Greens, not just there but in a number of seats, at the expense of the Labor Party,” he said
Labor senator for Queensland Anthony Chisholm played down speculation Ms Trad would seek a spot in the Senate.
“She is a loss to the Parliament, she is a loss to the Labor Party,” he said.
“She achieved great things as the Member for South Brisbane and as deputy premier while she was there and as treasurer.”
A party high-flyer
Jackie Trad had been a key figure in the Queensland Labor Party since Annastacia Palaszczuk won office in 2015.
Her links to the party have run deep — she worked as a ministerial advisor in the Beattie and Bligh governments before winning a by-election in 2012.
Her predecessor in the seat of South Brisbane, Anna Bligh, resigned after Labor’s election drubbing by the LNP under Campbell Newman.
Ms Trad took on a heavy workload, at various times carrying ministerial portfolios including: Infrastructure, Planning, Transport, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Treasury and the role of deputy premier.
But controversy raged in 2019 when the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) was asked to examine Ms Trad’s purchase of an investment property in Woolloongabba, close to the Cross River Rail project which she was overseeing.
The CCC ultimately found “no evidence … that supported a reasonable suspicion of corrupt conduct”.
But it also stated that “failing to declare and properly manage a conflict of interest creates a corruption risk”.
The frontbencher was stripped of her Cross River Rail responsibilities.
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2020 brought another watchdog probe, this time over the appointment of a school principal.
The LNP had raised concerns she improperly interfered in the selection of a principal for the new Brisbane South State Secondary College.
Ms Trad was cleared of corruption charges, but the controversy was too much in an election year and she resigned from the ministry.
A proud progressive from Labor’s left faction, Jackie Trad has cited the decriminalisation of abortion and the path to treaty with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people as key achievements.
She also instigated major projects including Cross River Rail and the new high school at Dutton Park.