Stella O'Dwyer with Evie Weily.
Stella O'Dwyer with Evie Weily.

What Albo’s electorate really think of Queenslanders

WE'RE racist, bogan, a bunch of rednecks and need to "wake up" ­before heading back to the federal polls.

Desperate to win over Queenslanders who rejected Labor at the federal election, Mr Albanese is today back in the Sunshine State.

However on his home turf, about as far removed from regional Queensland as you get, latte-sipping hipsters have taken a swipe at Maroon voters, demanding we stop digging "deep into the earth" for coal and to change our ways before the 2022 federal election.

The Courier-Mail visited Mr Albanese's seat to gauge the sentiment of his constituents, the desires of whom will need to be balanced with winning over Queensland voters.

 

Indiana Stone, 28. Pictures: Justin Lloyd
Indiana Stone, 28. Pictures: Justin Lloyd

Labor's primary vote sank 4.29 per cent in Queensland as true-blue Maroons supporters rejected the party's unclear stance on the Adani coal mine and plans to slash negative gearing and franking credits.

In contrast, voters in Grayndler returned Albanese with a 66.2 per cent two-party-preferred vote - securing 51 per cent of the primary vote.

While the majority of punters did not support "Quexit" - Queensland breaking away from the rest of the states ­following the federal drubbing for Labor - many of them told The ­Courier-Mail that they wouldn't support Mr Albanese if he backed Adani.

Retail worker Zoe Hinman, 22, said she was sad that her children would never be able to see the Great Barrier Reef. When asked what she thought about coal mining, she replied that it was "terrifying".

"Absolutely terrifying, you're not meant to go that deep into the earth," she said.

"Yes, 100 per cent (coal mining should be banned), it's crime in front of your eyes."

Ms Hinman, who did not know where the Adani project would be located, said there was no way she would support Mr Albanese if he backed the mine. "I feel like Labor are wolf dressed in sheep's clothing," she said.

Stella O'Dwyer with Evie Weily.
Stella O'Dwyer with Evie Weily.

Laura Capplis, 27, said the word "Queenslander" made her think of rednecks. "I think it's a bit questionable that none of the banks wanted to offer them (Adani) loans," she said.

Ms Capplis, who is studying jewellery at TAFE, said she didn't live in Grayndler, but if federal Labor supported Adani, she wouldn't vote for them.

When asked what she thought of when she heard the word "Queenslander", university student Stella O'Dwyer, 20, said "kind of bogan".

"I think it (coal mining) should be more heavily governed and maybe more money put into other areas than coal (renewables)," she said.

Queensland voters should think of other people aside from themselves before heading to the next election, Ms O'Dwyer said. "Be more open-minded," she said.

Comedian Rodney Todd, 41, said he was sad the Great Barrier Reef was "going".

However, Mr Todd empathised with Queenslanders who were annoyed at Bob Brown's Stop Adani convoy.

An anti-Adani sign posted in the street in Grayndler.
An anti-Adani sign posted in the street in Grayndler.

"I wouldn't want someone coming down here saying you shouldn't drink coffee," he said. "Local issues are local issues."

He urged Queenslanders to research before they voted.

Labourer Indiana Stone, 28, said he was against Adani and would vote against Mr Albanese if the Labor leader backed the mine.

"Because coal mining is a defunct power source," he said. "I think people should wake up and realise it's not going to last."

Mr Stone also told Queensland voters to wake up and "actually do some research".

"I know the general area (of where Adani is proposed to go), I don't know exactly where though,' he said.

Rodney Todd, 41.
Rodney Todd, 41.

Cobbler Nathan Baxter, 50, said that he felt that the "general opinion" others held of Queenslanders would be that they're "a little bit backward and a ­little bit racist".

"We'd like to blame it (the election result) on other people not in our own neighbourhood, but seeing that there was quite a few pockets that were voting Liberal (across the country)," he said.

"I think it would be very hard to support someone comprehensively that was supporting the coal industry."

Mr Baxter urged Queenslanders to vote for the future - which was not coal.



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