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LNP controversies have piqued Queensland’s interest online

Decision 2020

Google data reveals interest in the Liberal National Party soared with the announcement of a youth curfew.

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An analysis of simple search terms shows the high point for people in Queensland searching for “LNP” over the past month came on October 22, coinciding with the pledge to trial a curfew in Cairns and Townsville. The volume of searches has remained reasonably high since then.

Searches for “Queensland Labor” or “Queensland ALP” were also high around the same time, but have tailed off faster than searches for the LNP. This goes to show that mere interest in a politician or party is not necessarily a good thing for them.

Searches for “Deb Frecklington” also surged around the time of the curfew announcement, having previously surged with revelations, on October 13, that she had met with developers banned from donating to the campaign. She denied any wrongdoing.

Searches for “Annastacia Palaszczuk” jumped when the election campaign started and again in the wake of the developer revelations, as did party-specific searches.

The “death tax” that Clive Palmer has warned Queenslanders about has been a fluctuating search term but peaked on October 22, as Labor warned the LNP was somehow behind it.

Interest in “Campbell Newman” or “Newman Government” has been relatively subdued, with nothing significant to report in the Google data over the past week. That is despite Labor warning that an LNP win on October 31 would mark a return to the public service and government program cuts of the Newman government.

Searches for “jobs” remained high, as would be expected in a recession, but “Queensland unemployment rate” and “Queensland unemployment” paled in comparison.

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