Australia state premier no guarantees in leading gov't to next election

17:12, September 09, 2010      

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The Premier of Queensland in east Australia, Anna Bligh, said on Thursday she could not guarantee to lead the state government to the next election after a latest poll putting her popularity at an all-time low.

The state Newspoll, published on the national newspaper The Australian on Thursday, revealed the state Labor's primary vote had slumped to 29 percent well below the 42 percent result at the March election 2009.

Bligh pledged to work harder to win the confidence and the support of Queensland voters with a communication strategy aimed at improving the community's perception of her government.

As part of a listening tour to boost her popularity, Bligh was ready to perform a night shift as a hospital orderly at Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital.

In the preferred premier stakes, Bligh was 34 percent, as opposed to Opposition Leader John-Paul Langbroek's 42 percent.

According to Newspoll, Bligh's satisfaction rating was a mere 26 percent, with 65 percent of those polled expressing dissatisfaction with her performance.

Asked if she could guarantee she would be leader at the next election in 18 months' time, she said nothing in life was certain.

"There's no guarantees of anything in life in my experience, other than death," the Australian Associated Press quoted her as saying to reporters on the Gold Coast, 90 km south of Brisbane.

"I know that I have to work even harder to gain the confidence and support of the Queensland people," she said.

Source: Xinhua


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