Stuckey says people 'woke up'
CURRUMBIN MP Jann Stuckey said it felt "surreal" to be in government after eight years as the opposition.
Many candidates must have felt the same as the numbers came in to reveal that Queensland Labor was decimated in a landslide.
Ms Stuckey said the result showed that people wanted change.
"We will have over 70 seats in an 89 seat parliament," Ms Stuckey told supports Saturday night.
"Finally people woke up but they didn't just wake up this morning, they woke up with baseball bats."
Ms Stuckey was commenting on the massive swing (more than 15%) against the Labor government.
Vote counting is still continuing but Labor would most likely be left with less then ten seats in the state parliament.
Every seat on the Gold Coast has gone to the LNP including Burleigh to Michael Hart.
Ms Stuckey said she mentored Mr Hart and was "very proud" that LNP won Burleigh.
In Ms Stuckey's own seat the result was never in doubt with a 13.2% swing delivering the seat to Ms Stuckey 70% to 30% for ALP candidate Calum Hyslop in two-party preferences with 60% of the vote counted.
Ms Stuckey was in opposition since winning the seat in 2004. Eight years later and she is a member of a government with one of the strongest majorities in Queensland's history.
"It's a very surreal feeling," Ms Stuckey said soon after claiming victory.
"It's something you dream about and work towards."
In her speech to party faithful at Alleygators Rugby Club during the vote counting on Saturday night, Ms Stuckey thanked her branch for all their hard work.
"The branch is everything to me. I have always said that," she said.
"So many of you have done so much. You have gone above and beyond."