LNP Minister speaks out: Why we lost the election
"WE simply went too hard, too fast and angered too many then didn't emphasise why people voted for us in 2012 and why we were the right party in 2015".
Member for Caloundra and former Energy Minister Mark McArdle has revealed why the LNP suffered an historic loss on Saturday, saying it had failed to consult, to listen and had picked too many unnecessary fights.
He is yet to rule whether he would put his hand up to lead the party out of the carnage of the disastrous election campaign, that has left it in Opposition, in tatters and rudderless after losing 34 of the 74 seats it held in an 89-seat parliament.
The LNP won the 2012 state election in a landslide, securing 79 seats and leaving Labor with just seven.
Defections and by-elections had reduced that number by five during the past three years.
Mr McArdle said the party needed to be real about the extent of the impact of federal issues.
Blame could be apportioned across the organisation and parliamentary wings across a range of issues.
"The sooner we address and fix them the better," he said.
"We can try to blame the Federal Government, and there is an element of that, but we have to accept our own responsibility for the campaign.
"The Federal Government was part of the problem but we have to accept our responsibility.
"People would like to believe it's the Federal Government's fault but overwhelmingly these were state issues."
Mr McArdle said there was shock across the LNP at the result.
He had expected a large swing but said no-one believed it would be as large as it was.
"We expected a swing but not to lose government. That's unprecedented."
Mr McArdle said 2012 delivered a victory that should have set the LNP up for three or four terms in office.
Instead the huge majority led to a rush to try to make too many decisions, too quickly on a wide front.
"If we had received a reduced majority it could have given cause to consider, instead of being too quick sometimes and taking rash steps," Mr McArdle said.
"We went that hard as a result of not being in government for such a lengthy time and then seeing the basket case that was handed to us, thought we had to rush.
"We should have stepped back, been more consultative and not picked fights when they were not needed.
"There was a sense of arrogance and hubris.
"From the very early days of the Newman government we adopted a mantra of needing to act quickly on so many fronts.
"People are astute. They want to be involved in processes that affect them and their families.
"It is their right to put us in and out.
"When you believe you can achieve what's best for people without engaging them then you are fighting a losing battle."
Mr McArdle said he had a lot of questions in his mind.
Asked about a potential leadership tilt he said he was "ruling nothing in or out".
"I was run close in Caloundra by an alliance between The Greens and Labor that was their right to do. There is nothing improper about that.
"I'm more comfortable now."
Mr McArdle heads to Brisbane today to thank and farewell ministerial staff now out of jobs because of the nature of government.
He then plans to stop and think.