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Saturday, 16th December 2017

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WHY DIDN'T THEY THINK OF THAT BEFORE?

Paul Zanetti

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So, Queensland Labor has devised the brilliant idea of keeping Queensland's assets, and using the profit to pay down the debt (you know, the $80 billion debt racked up by Qld Labor last time around). 

So, the question is: 

Q. Why didn't Qld State Labor do that last time they were in govt?
A. Because it's a crock. 

The Qld State Government under Beattie and Bligh had every opportunity to utitlise State assets to 'pay down' debt but did the opposite.

It was not feasible. 

If you think Newman is tooting your horn, you ain't seen nothing yet if Annastasia gets her mitts on the cheque book. The debt will spiral out of control - again. 

Simply, governments have no business in business. They need to create the policies and conditions for business to thrive, employ and grow.

The less the government interferes in our lives, and the smaller the public sector, the better off we all are.
 



Comments

Saw their ad. Its a winner. Nothing yet in reply from wots his name or wots the other names of the LNP. If they can't produce ads that negate or promote their cause good bye Queensland. Queensland, where the fock is that?

Concerned Senior, I would also like Pauline Hanson to win Lockyer, She deserves it.

Anyone who votes Labor is clearly a fool who remembers NOTHING about what Labor did to this state the last time around.
Since being in power, the Redcliffe Railway line is about 3/4 done - started right after the election after being promised and reneged by Labor (actually, by everyone) for the last 100 years.
We can now turn left on some red lights and motorcyclists can now filter and not be part of the traffic jam while engines overheat.
Under Labor, there was nothing but Nanny State bullshit as they believe that people clearly cannot think for themselves.

The only tough decision the Bligh government made was on the sale of government assets such as railways to fund the budget shortfall. But even here Bligh made a hash of its implementation by not putting the issue to the people in the 2009 state election, thus costing her valuable credibility. The deal also meant Bligh sold off Queensland’s most profitable parts of Queensland Rail and kept the unprofitable parts.

WILL ANNA MARK 11 BE ANY BETTER? OF COURSE NOT; the blunt reality is that Bligh’s government was one of the worst in Queensland history. Neither the Premier Bligh nor her government was up to the job. Its defeat last election was primarily because of its incompetence. It is little wonder that eight key members of the Bligh team, including six former Ministers, retired at the state election. They simply gave up on Bligh and Queensland Labor. The theft of $16 million of public funds under Labor’s noses by a Queensland Health employee was the last straw in a history of incompetence that ranges from the health payroll debacle to poor financial mismanagement that led to the loss of Queensland’s cherished AAA credit rating. There was 16 million reasons for Queenslanders to vote against Bligh. Many senior Labor figures found the Bligh government so embarrassing that they distanced themselves from it at an alarming rate. When former premier Peter Beattie handed over to his deputy, Bligh, in September 2007, the popular Labor government enjoyed a two-party preferred vote of 59 per cent and a primary vote of 50 per cent. The transition followed years of Beattie promoting Bligh over other ministers into tough portfolios to enhance her experience. At the time it was regarded as an ideal transition. Bligh enjoyed strong public support until her policies and performance showed a rapid decline. It was a serious error of judgment on Beattie’s part to promote Bligh when there were more talented choices available, including John Mickel and Rod Welford. It seemed Beattie was more interested in putting Queensland’s first female premier into office than promoting the best candidate. State Labor’s problems started when Bligh became more focused on image than on performance. Her promotion of inexperienced supporters like Kate Jones into cabinet at the expense of senior colleagues (such as Mickel, who is now Speaker; former police minister Judy Spence; former attorney-general Kerry Shine; and former ministers Lindy Nelson-Carr, Robert Schwarten and Margaret Keech) was designed to make her government look good but took its toll in poor administration in transport, health, infrastructure delivery and water, and in the cost of electricity. Bligh’s failure to sack former health minister and close friend Paul Lucas over the health department’s payroll fiasco showed personal loyalty had precedence over performance. There also was not enough focus on detail. Instead, Bligh concentrated on managing the latest political disaster. The damage from this crisis management soon became irreparable. Also, many members of Bligh’s cabinet were bone lazy. Government ministers were rarely seen at business events in Brisbane or in key regional centres and LNP frontbenchers were being openly courted as future ministers. The Bligh government lost the links with business vigorously developed by Wayne Goss and Beattie. It was a pale imitation of past Labor governments. The fat bureaucratic structure of super departments was so cumbersome that one director-general was responsible to several ministers, making the public service process-driven rather than outcome-focused. Besides, the quality of directors-general slipped as Bligh appointed favourites or ideological fellow travellers over quality candidates. This resulted in a failure to properly oversee projects such as the desalination plant on the Gold Coast and the water grid; cost overruns on infrastructure; the protection of farmland from the expansion of the gas industry until it was too late; failure to build cyclone-proof infrastructure along the coast before last summer’s cyclone season; and accepting without question the recommended electricity price hikes from the regulator. The government also blindly followed Treasury’s line to abolish the fuel subsidy, which means Queenslanders now pay more for fuel. The Bligh government ran away from tough decisions on matters such as the 10 per cent mandatory level of ethanol in fuel; taking the fight to Kevin Rudd’s federal government over the building of the Traveston dam; and the use of recycled water. Crucially, it caved in to union demands for budget-breaking enterprise bargaining deals that helped drive the state over the financial brink. This was the underlying reason for the state’s loss of its AAA credit rating. The only tough decision the Bligh government made was on the sale of government assets such as railways to fund the budget shortfall. But even here Bligh made a hash of its implementation by not putting the issue to the people in the 2009 state election, thus costing her valuable credibility. The deal also meant Bligh sold off Queensland’s most profitable parts of Queensland Rail and kept the unprofitable parts. On last election night, Labor seats fell to the LNP throughout the regions because of how the QR sale was handled. The Bligh government was guilty of 4 1/2 years of dysfunctional administration and Queenslanders knew it. Deputies were often promoted beyond their abilities into the top job. Bligh was such a deputy and state Labor paid the price and would do so again as they are not ready to govern in Queensland just yet.

Tom has ALP slightly ahead in Ashgrove.

Chopper was the only person with the guts to stand up to Jones. MBR- a man with principles!

Opposition have great ideas whilst in opposition but a poor record of implementing these as good policy once in government. Labor by their poor track record are by far the worse. Their mismanagement of the economy is almost an art form. Queenslanders would be an international laughing stock if they voted Labor back in, but there are enough bludgers who would rather have the opportunity to remain unemployed than (God forbid) have a government who got the economy back on track to such an extent they would have to,work for a living. They don't have the brains to foresee a serious recession where social security becomes unaffordable to a country and therefore no handouts what-so-ever.

"governments...They need to create the policies and conditions for business to thrive, employ and grow." They do. All levels of the Australian government pander to Chinese state owned businesses. Ow hang on, you mean for Australians? Impossible. Manufacturing is down to 8% by design. We're being turned into a service industry nation. Blue collar workers are being retraining and plonked into white collar jobs. Many in the offices of government that created the blue collar work shortages via "policies and conditions" in the first place.

Anna 2 is the Steven Bradbury of the QLD parliamentary Labor party, she only has the job because the morons of Inala voted her in, she was last lefty standing.

Jonsey is so upset because the little house he was brought up in has a gas well on it. No more Jonsey for me. Anyone who is mad enough to want Anna Mark 11 to continue to ruin Queensland is just a low life cretin.

Just read on line on Ch 24, Alan Jones reckons Newman government is worst government ever. Jonsey must have being doing a Rip Van Winkle during the Beattie & Bligh years. Looks like Jjonsey is in Brisbane to help the southern blowins deliver us in to the hands of the incompetent Miss Piggy & her useless morons.

This bitch is a misandrist, just like Gillard and Bligh. I believe its been married 3 times. Where does labour dig these scum bags up from.

Seems the Cretin, Alan Jones, really ficked himself on 4BC. Forgot to bring his boyfriend with him and is all of a lather. Maybe Newman can nail him with one of the anti bikie laws?

Just scanned info on Blabbershreik. Even Wiki are using a 40 year old photo. Not too much real detail on Tonsils. Appears she has never done a days real work in her miserable life. Claims she was at London University for a couple of days in the middle 90's. Like all ALP/Union Cretins claims to be a lawyer, appears never to have practised. Pity the ABC, Courier Mail and the Brisbane Times can't get their arses into gear and cover all the misdimeanours of the shemale.

Joke of the Year Photo. On the Marxist ABC "Vote Compass" polling site they have a photo of Tonsils Blabbershreik that must have been taken when she was 12 years old. She's gone from looking like a Mongrel Puppy then, to just a plain Mongrel today. Pleased to say Vote Compass has me down as a "Right Winger" Surprise, surprise!

DJT wait for it wait for it ..........I agree with ya!

DJT wait for it wait for it ..........I agree with ya!

DJT wait for it wait for it ..........I agree with ya!

DJT wait for it wait for it ..........I agree with ya!