How LNP is changing in the time of Trump
LNP party president Gary Spence has laid down his plans for the party to thrive in the Donald Trump era.
Speaking at the LNP State Convention in Brisbane on Friday, the party boss told the faithful they needed to stand by their message and sell it to voters in coming elections.
Mr Spence said the "blue versus red” historic nature of politics no longer applied and voters were not engaged as they once were.
"The political landscape has certainly changed, the battlefield has changed,” he said.
"We are seeing a dramatic shift in the global political landscape. Changes keep coming, just look at the last 12 months. Can anyone remember a year of political upheaval like the last 12 months we've had?”
Mr Spence said tough times were the catalyst for political upheaval across the world.
"Who can imagine the people of the United States elected Donald Trump in a time of prosperity and hope? Or the UK choosing the leave the EU?” he said.
Mr Spence denied voters were turning from traditional parties and urged the LNP members to remain faithful.
"There are many commentators out there who are quick to jump to conclusions that I think are simply wrong,” he said.
"We must, and in fact we have, ask ourselves the following questions. Why have these people made the decisions they have? What are the lessons for us? Do we really understand their concerns? Do our values align and what do they want? Can we help them and what do they want in their time and space?”
Mr Spence said the LNP believed the lessons from recent elections proved voters wanted "authenticity” and a leader who "was in it for them”.
He admitted this was the paradox of Mr Trump, a New York billionaire who claimed to have the best interests of middle America's working class voters in mind.
Mr Spence said the coming Queensland election was vital for the state's future.
He used his speech to attack the Labor Party's support of environmental views and support of "sexual positions”.
He accused the Labor Party of "encouraging illegal” immigration and said they had attacked freedoms of speech and association.