The Queensland people have a short memory don't they?Not at all. However it does send a clear message, again, that voters don't like arrogance, especially when it means thousands of people losing their jobs. There was no pretty way to do this (and it was needed), but you at least need to a different approach.
The Queensland people have a short memory don't they?It goes back to 2001, where we gave Labor a huge majority - 66 seats out of 89 - the Beattie goverment took this as carte blanche to basically do as they pleased, and as a result, the Beattie/Bligh era was a huge spending orgy that left us in financial straits, and we gave them the biggest kick in the pants that we've ever given a Labor goverment.
It goes back to 2001, where we gave Labor a huge majority - 66 seats out of 89 - the Beattie goverment took this as carte blanche to basically do as they pleased, and as a result, the Beattie/Bligh era was a huge spending orgy that left us in financial straits, and we gave them the biggest kick in the pants that we've ever given a Labor goverment.YUP! Well said
The Newman goverment was the hangover. But didn't wait for another election to start doing as they pleased.
And now we've given Newman and even bigger boot, and told Ms Palaszczuk "We're giving you idiots a second chance. If you screw up again, kiss government goodbye for a LONG time."
Regardless of who gets across the line - I'm not willing to give it Labor *just* yet - it will be the first time in nearly a decade and a half where we will have a parliament where the Opposition will have the numbers to keep the goverment in check.
Palmer United is gone, One Nation only showed life in Lockyer - where Pauline was contesting, and the Katters kept the two seats they've started with, and are basically now just glorified Independants. (I'm quite happy with that. My seat - Mount Isa, held by Rob Katter - was the only seat in the state to record swings against the LNP and Labor. My inner nonconformist is quite chuffed with that.)
And I think that having to spell "Palaszczuk" on a daily basis should count as some sort of punishment in it's own right...
I hope you are not implying that the loss of the sleepers is a LNP'ism?Don't know if there are that many broken promises or many compared to others but he was certainly arrogant in his approach and this doesn't help. If I draw comparison to running a govt to big business. I see companies having to change course and undo previous commitments so I am willing to accept the odd broken promise if circumstances change or not what they first appeared.
Not at all. Falling patronage and no investment for replacement would have achieved the same ending under most administrations.
If there is a point, it is that Government makes and breaks promises as it sees fit. Like the mass public service severances, the LNP gambled that the electorate would either forget the more publicly-repeated broken promises of a first-term government, or that it would cost fewer seats than expected. It was a calculated gamble but given the majority it held it was supposedly a reasonable gamble. Until yesterday.
As to secession, which country will be first to leave the Eurozone? Greece? Germany? Or perhaps Spain or Portugal? Political unification by force is not unity at all. Government is after all simply a monopoloy of force over a specific geographic area.
There is an emerging central theme.Problem is,
No large surpluses
Stop these stupid austerity measures
Start doing what the people want not want politicans want.
Newman was planning a large road tunnel in Brisbane which if built would have made Brisbane a city with the largeat number of road tunnel kms in the world.
It's looking more likely that any ruling party would require cross-bench support to gain government:This will be an interesting outcome. No party is more pro asset sales than ALP, look at their history state and national.
Notice the deal-breaker: “Asset sales, that’s the only deal breaker for us. We signed an accord (to oppose privatisation) with Independent Peter Wellington.” - Rob Katter.
Interesting to note that the RTBU has come out and said that this ALP Govt will mean no privatisation of QR, nor the Mt Isa Corridor. I'm not too sure on the Mt Isa Corridor dealings, I thought the ARTC already had it's hands deep in with that?There's another thread somewhere about the Mt Isa corridor. It was going to be sold as a package with the port of Townsville. It would be far too much of a big ticket item to palmed off onto the ARTC as a mere hand-me-down.
100000 people protested against austerity measures in Madrid overnight.Horse has bolted, lived a life and died of old age. With 23% unemployment its probably a family outing so no wonder so many are there.