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Federal election wake-up call for Qld govt

Queensland's Labor government has been warned to think hard about its handling of Adani's plans to dig a new coal mine, with federal and state MPs saying it stopped Labor winning federal government.

The Scott Morrison-led coalition election victory has spooked Labor before next year's state poll as MPs hunt for reasons to blame for the shock result.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says she will now sharpen her focus on how her government can support more jobs in the regions.

But as the fallout from what was expected to be a Labor win continues, her own backbenchers say the premier's government will need to change.

MPs say while federal Labor's campaign message was too complicated and unclear compared to the coalition's strategy in Queensland - there were also state level problems in play.

There are serious concerns within Labor's ranks that regional Queensland is not properly represented in state cabinet, and that issues impacting voters in the bush are not being heard, let alone understood.

Communities and the MPs who represent them want a decision sooner rather than later on Adani's massive job creating coal mine, some nine years after it was first announced.

They face an uphill battle to keep their seats and cut through the Liberal National Party's message that only it supports the mine, and the jobs it could bring to the regions that suffer high unemployment.

Adani has the licence to mine, but is yet to meet a number of environmental approvals before it can start construction.

Communities strapped for jobs see the state government as holding up what could be their next post, and took it hard when Deputy Premier Jackie Trad in February said coal workers should re-skill.

In the time that has passed since Adani first sought approval for the thermal coal mine, the Queensland government has approved other new coal mines and expansions to existing projects.

Primary producers have voiced concerns about the proposed mine's impact on groundwater reserves, an issue that has taken a back seat to the state government's treatment of the possible danger to the Black-Throated Finch.

Worries around the future of the endangered bird pale in significance to those around water supply, which would greatly disrupt other industries.

Ms Palaszczuk denies her government's approach to Adani, and refusal to fast track approvals for the mine heavily influenced voters.

Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington disagrees, and on Monday said the Queensland government was to thank for her party's federal win.

She has demanded a call be made on the Galilee Basin project immediately.

© AAP 2019