Welcome to New North Wales
After viewing the election results can anyone seriously claim that there is not two very distinct communities of interest in what is, today, called Queensland.  One is a minority that still embodies the culture, the tempo and the timbre of the place we all called Queensland while the other, the majority urban/coastal community now inhabit a place that should rightfully be called New North Wales.
The voters of New North Wales elected their Premier on the basis of his so-called 'leadership' in trashing the rights and privileges of Queenslanders in a way that he would never dream of doing to his own people. Meanwhile, the candidates from Queensland contemplated what contortions and compromises they would need to go through to appeal to the fickle whims and fancies of New North Welshman.
These members from Queensland, who routinely win 75% of the vote in their own community, wring their hands over what they need to "learn" about how to appeal to New North Welshman. They yearn for a time, before a million extra people came to New North Wales, when a fluke of history gave them a clear mandate.
They correctly recognise that in a presidential style election the conservative voters of New North Wales will not vote for a leader who will only ever be Deputy Premier. And they conclude that the only solution is to merge their political parties so that the more numerous conservative voters of New North Wales can vote for one of their own.
And it is remarkable how quickly after regaining the support of their own community, the members from Queensland start planning how to permanently subordinate the interests of Queensland voters to cater to the whims of swing voters in New North Wales.
It is a classic case of failing to take in the big picture. If a Premier of New North Wales can buy votes, at only minimal electoral cost, from laying waste to the wealth and well being of Queenslanders, why would he not continue to do so in future? If a Premier of New North Wales can completely control the flow of information to New North Wales and obtain a mandate by deception, why would he, or his successor bother to stop?
The voters of Queensland know that something is fundamentally wrong. They have lashed out in frustration at sustained and systematic attacks on their very existence as viable communities.  They resorted to an extraordinary act of political self mutilation called 'One Nation' and have consistently demonstrated that they would vote for anyone before they would vote for the Premier of New North Wales. 
They want real, structural change. They know that one should never do business with spivs because they are nothing more than the benign stage in the life cycle of a parasite. Their very survival depends on it. The problem must be fixed.
Both the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the Australian Constitution, provide for the creation of new States and Territories when the fundamental interests of communities diverge. And there is certainly no requirement in either document that requires the interests of rural communities to be subordinated to the whims of an urban metropolis.
The State of Queensland was formed with a population of only 20,000 people and this has grown to 1.3 million today. It would still be the middle ranking self governing entity at COAG meetings with four less populous and four more populous states. It is four times more than the fully self governed ACT and six times more than the Northern Territory. And one would have a very long journey indeed trying to find a resident of NT who wishes they were still part of South Australia. 
The new state of New North Wales would have 2.4 million people and there would be no doubting it's viability. This community would be free to concentrate on the real threats to their environment caused by rapidly expanding population. They would be freed of the obviously excessive burden of grasping the character, scale and relevance of ecological processes in neighbouring Queensland.
They could choose their own conservative candidate for Premier and vote for him or her in the, fact and policy free, presidential style elections that they so obviously prefer. Whatever premier of New North Wales is elected, he would, if he really did govern for all of Queensland as he claims to do, be pleased to know that there will be two premiers voting for Queensland at each COAG meeting, not just one.
Queensland would still get it's fair share of Federal tax revenue for schools, universities, hospitals, roads and police but it's allocation would not be determined by the priorities of New North Wales. The vast sums of money that are currently spent on explaining local conditions to a constantly changing set of bureaucrats from New North Wales would be saved.
Queenslanders would soon discover that it is far better to make one trip for a one hour meeting with a Minister who knows his brief than to do the same trip four times for five minute brush-offs by four different minions who haven't a clue. 
They may decide to enshrine "property rights", "just causes compensation", "legislative standards", "regulatory impact assessment" and "public & scientific sector ethics" into their constitution so that all future legislation and policy must comply with these core community standards. But if they do so they would need strategies to deal with the flood of investors and migrants from other states who are fed up with the constant erosion of these standards elsewhere.
They could outlaw the official use of ill-defined or misleading terms.  They could require any scientific report that is input to the policy process to be certified by the author and funding entity to be a "true and fair view" of the matters reported on. They would then be liable for any negligent reporting causing detriment to persons subject to any policy that relies on the report, in the same way that accountants and directors are liable for misleading financial statements.
They could extend the defamation act to protect occupational classes from demonisation and vilification. They would use reliable data to assess real threats to actual resources and devise workable plans to ensure that on-going ecological, economic and social values are maintained.
They could also decide to locate their new parliament in a large tin shed to remind their representatives that they are in an actual workplace. The head offices of various government departments could be located in different cities to spread the economic benefits of self government more evenly. This will boost Queensland universities (although two in Brisbane might need a name change) and country kids could  progress to the highest levels in their fields without having to become suburbanites.
In short, the future of the State of Queensland looks very promising. New North Wales will still be a good place to visit for shopping and a welcome source of tourists seeking a change of culture with their holiday. They will live with the consequences of their decisions and Queenslanders will live with the consequences of theirs.
Any other option will fail to preserve the most important environmental value of all, the crucial element in any partnership, the most important building block in building a community. Trust. It is all downhill without it.
Ian Mott