IT was an easy crowd, already riding a wave of Queensland LNP success, when federal coalition leader Tony Abbott promised to come "to the rescue" of all Australians.
Their national hero pledged $1 billion to extend the Gateway motorway between Nudgee and Brisbane and $700 million to ensure the second Toowoomba range crossing went ahead.
Because south-east Queensland was "choking on its own traffic after many years of neglect", he said as he rallied the cheering Queensland troops at the 2012 LNP convention.
"I believe that all of us in this room all of us in the Liberal and National parties around our country stand on the threshold of something great," Mr Abbott said.
"We stand on the threshold of riding to the rescue of our country.
"We are a great people whose best days are in front of us, a great people held back momentarily by a bad government.
"Can't you feel it in the streets? The Australian people are willing us to succeed."
Mr Abbott told hundreds of Queensland LNP members he too cherished the March 24 election as he congratulated members for "reducing the Labor Party to such a state that a proverbial Tarago has more seats".
"March 24, 2012, a day that will live in the history of this great state because never was it more truly said of
Queensland: beautiful one day, perfect the next," he said.
Labor has seven seats in Queensland's 89-seat parliament.
Mr Abbott also attacked Prime Minister Julia Gillard's carbon tax which he said would increase cost of living and reduce job security.
He said she had turned the "magnificent men and women of the Australian Navy into a water taxi service for people smugglers" and delivered a National Broadband Network "digging up a street near you whether you want it, need it or can afford to pay three times the current price for your broadband service".
"Isn't Gough Whitlam in his declining years so happy that at long last someone has taken from him the mantle he's had as worst Prime Minister in our history?" he asked.
"I have often thought that calling Julia Gillard the worst Prime Minister since Gough Whitlam was unfair to Gough Whitlam because Gough Whitlam at least was not devoid of ideals and he never sold the soul of the Labor party to the Greens the way this PM has."
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