Queensland Politics

Stop playing us for fools

Posted by on Jan 5, 2013 in Issue of the Day, Queensland Politics | 0 comments

As intelligent young men go, Queensland’s new Attorney-General is a nice guy and a pleasant human being. But he is a political animal, nonetheless, and he is playing games with his just released discussion paper on electoral reform. Jarrod Bleijie is a young man on the make. He has just three years in state parliament and is now one of the most senior Cabinet Ministers in the fledgling LNP administration of Premier Campbell Newman. More to the point it is just a mere six years since he graduated with a law degree and now he is the state’s...

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Compulsory voting

Posted by on Jan 4, 2013 in Issue of the Day, Queensland Politics | 0 comments

‘Tis the silly season so far as news is concerned with very little happening, especially in the world of politics. As Australians, particularly, languish in our scorching summer heat, it’s a time when pollies like to run some strange ideas up flagpoles to see if anybody salutes. One such that has quite a lot of people snapping to attention is the notion of scrapping compulsory voting in the Australian state of Queensland. It has been floated by a government that came to power just eight months ago after most of twenty years in...

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Who’s up whom and who’s paying the rent?

Posted by on Jan 3, 2013 in Issue of the Day, Queensland Politics | 0 comments

The recent ascension of the Liberal National Party to power in Queensland after most of twenty years in the political wilderness was anticipated to be a resounding renaissance of right-wing religiosity: a return to decent values after decades of the evil anti-Christ Australian Labor Party. Well, not everyone was hoping for that scenario but plenty of LNP stalwarts saw it thus and hoped their elevation to office would deliver the mandate to smite their foes mightily. Only to see it all cloaked in sack-cloth and ashes after just a few months of...

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Government lost in a drought of its own making

Posted by on Jan 2, 2013 in GardensEXTRA, Issue of the Day, Queensland Politics | 0 comments

The new Queensland government of Premier Campbell Newman must be desperately hoping for a more refreshing start to 2013 than it managed to achieve in the depressing dog days of its ascension to power in 2012. The urge to remind voters that they thrashed the last in a long line of Labor administrations, in power for most of the past twenty years, became an obsession. Reminding voters of why we threw out the last lot was pointless. We knew they were useless, that was why we got rid of them. The smart thing would have been to tell us we were...

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Can Do cannot commit on crime

Posted by on Dec 4, 2012 in Queensland Politics | 0 comments

Queensland has a new Police Commissioner in charge of our crime-fighting and community protection service and he has not shunned the spotlight since taking office.   Commissioner Ian Stewart is a product of the Queensland Police Service and has been keen to assure the public that he will serve our best interests as well as can be managed. By flagging some of his priorities, he has already prompted a sour grapes reaction from the powerful Police Union whose leadership is bemoaning the fact they have not been consulted on each of the new...

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Excuse me, but do I know you?

Posted by on Dec 4, 2012 in Queensland Politics | 0 comments

Language is a funny thing. Quite complex but often very revealing. As was a comment by Queensland Premier, Campbell Newman, recently.   Newman was embroiled in a small kerfuffle over political fundraising in his previous job as Lord Mayor of Brisbane, the state’s capital city. Called: Forward Brisbane Leadership, this rather pathetically-named fundraising entity operated on guidelines known only to Newman and his inner coterie. It was officially unknown to Newman’s political machine, the Liberal National Party.   Of course, it is...

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Keep pollies on a short leash

Posted by on Dec 4, 2012 in Queensland Politics | 0 comments

Queensland is never afraid to go against the grain of political trends. In fact, we delight in thumbing our noses at convention. It is a contrary streak that has delivered us a cast of lively political characters who would be hard to match anywhere in the world.   So maybe the time is right to consider another contrary concept: two-year terms for our state government. Once the predictable cries of anguish at the prospect of even more elections dies down, let’s consider why this proposal might be worth a glance.   For a start, our...

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Queensland comes of age

Posted by on Dec 4, 2012 in Queensland Politics | 0 comments

Queenslanders are at a loss as to how to define themselves currently.   Once we used to accept, and later came to revel in, the perception of ‘southerners’ that we were rednecks. And we were – by their standards. Which is why we could be comfortable with ourselves.   But World Expo ’88 started to change it all. It began a transformation of Queensland. Yes, all sorts of factors were in place to stimulate change but Expo both summarised and stimulated seismic shifts in how we saw ourselves.   Agog at displays of...

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