NEWMAN TO WIN THE NEXT ELECTION BY DEFAULT
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.
Small politicians have small hands, small fingers, small feet, small everything actually, so how can they be expected to have large brains? When Campbell Newman was drafted from Brisbane Council to lead the LNP to an election when he didn’t even hold a Legislative Assembly seat, it was not so much a mark of his potential, but more a condemnation of who other than Newman the LNP could offer up as Leader.
Anna Bligh’s Labor Government was steeped in debt and corruption (as Queensland governments are) and the LNP won in a landslide with Newman grabbing the seat of Ashgrove and leaving Labor with a mere 7 of the 89 available seats. But the LNP talent pool remains ankle deep with reserves like Langbroek, Seeney and Springborg.
Newman was like a Jack Russell in a chook pen and set about sacking 12,000 public servants (an indictment on Bligh’s indulgent waste) but he had a heap of political capital to spend and he was determined to spend it.
Without a Senate or a decent back-up crew he was free to do whatever he wanted; he could lose 30 seats at the next election and still remain top dog.
In no time, and with a brash lack of consultative ability, he had both the judiciary and Clive Palmer offside, a long list of the State’s assets on special and had legislated for some jaw-dropping VLAD laws he claims are working.
Well, they won’t be working for much longer now the High Court has them in its cross hairs.
His attack on bikies left weekend easy riders scared to throw a leg over and ice labs popping up all over Sydney. Using the legislature to shift problems interstate needs no political skill and was a favourite pastime of Bjelke Petersen.
Can Newman, the man with the short temper and thin skin, really win the next election? Yes he can, with a devastated majority, and with the help of the unelectable dregs from the previous Labor Party led by Anna Palaszczuk who is far too closely related to Bligh.
At what was claimed to be one of the most exclusive dinners ever held in Queensland, no fewer than 150 people attended a $150-a-head banquet at Parliament House on the eve of the 150th anniversary of the first sitting of Parliament. Hmmm, I’m pretty easy to please, but as guest speaker, I couldn’t see a single head I wouldn’t be happy to kick.
Without the moderating influence of a senate, Queensland’s legislative assembly will continue to attract crooks, incompetents, union thugs and inflated Napoleons. It’s a playground for second raters.
Unfortunately, Queensland voters will again be asked to decide between the lesser of two evils.