BILLY AIN’T GOIN’ WALKABOUT JUST YET
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
The Queensland Labor Government should not blame a little wife-bashing crook like Billy Gordon for falling between the cracks, after all it was Labor’s pre-selection process that chose him, and amid claims of a criminal past that were totally ignored. But Labor has never been all that fussy about who they put up for election.
Premier-for-now, Annastacia Palaszczuk would have checked his margin of victory in the seat of Cook before she called for his sacking from the Labor Party... it was an easily reversed ten per cent, two-party preferred.
Cook covers the north of Cape York Peninsula and includes Port Douglas and the Torres Strait Islands. The anti-Campbell Newman vote makes it appear a safe Labor seat but it was formerly held by the LNP and is likely to return to them in a by-election with Billy Gordon’s rap sheet on show and Newman gone.
But first Anna must convince Billy to resign from Parliament and it’s very doubtful he will.
He can remain the Member for Cook as a well-paid Independent and can vote how he likes whether Premier Anna Palaszczuk wants his vote or not. So the pundits should not get too excited about a change of Government just yet.
Billy Gordon, as an Independent, is almost certain to vote with the Government.
Anyhow, Anna should not appear so shattered... there’s a long list of undesirables who gained pre-selection for the QLD Labor Party. People like Keith Wright who was found guilty of multiple child sex offences, as was Bill D'Arcy. Then there was an extortion case involving a Ms Merri Rose and a Mr Gordon Nuttall is still serving time for extortion and theft.
So Annastacia dear, save us the “shock horror” stuff and the, “I feel sick to my stomach” crap. Little Billy Gordon looks like a choirboy compared to who your Party has previously pre-selected.