Category Archives: Queensland political comment

February 03

A fine mess

Queensland stands ready to adopt a new marketing slogan for its vehicle number plates: The Fraudulent State. It’s a consequence of citizens engaging in a massive fraud scheme where they default on payment of fines imposed for driving offences and unpaid tolls. The current total of fines outstanding to the wonderfully-named State Penalty Enforcement Registry […]

Compulsory voting

‘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 […]

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

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 […]

Government lost in a drought of its own making

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 […]

Bully boy tactics backfire

Ask any group of people what kind of personality they most dislike and bully will be at or not far from the top of the list. Australians, in particular, view bullies with distaste. We just don’t like braggarts, swaggarts and wankers. Oh, a certain number of us yearn for ‘strong’ leaders ready to smite their […]

Boot camps now law in Queensland

When all else fails, it must be time to go back to the very basics. This is, perhaps, the thinking behind a new youth justice initiative in the Australian state of Queensland. Frustrated by high levels of youth crime, the government has decreed that enough is enough. In a first for Australia, it has passed […]

Jumping ship should lead to walking the plank

Politicians elected to parliament under the banner of a specific party should not have the right to renege on that allegiance without causing a by-election. It is becoming all too common for Members of Parliament to decide they are no longer comfortable with their colleagues and spurn the party under whose banner they campaigned for […]

The only poll that matters

There are none so deaf as those who refuse to hear. Regrettably for supporters of the new Liberal National Party administration in Queensland, Premier Campbell Newman appears to have contracted a debilitating bout of tinnitus. As his administration is engulfed in the embarrassment of poor decision-making which, if we we were generous could be put […]

The chooks come home to roost

Anyone who thinks that new Queensland premier, Campbell Newman, did not rise yesterday and kick the living daylights out of his dog (always assuming he does have a dog and also lacks the sensitivities of an animal lover) does not appreciate his current frustration. He would have just been made aware of the resignation from […]

Tragic cost of a political career

It is a sad consequence of contemporary politics that the families of politicians are no longer afforded privacy. For most of the decades in which modern mass media have operated, a sort of gentleman’s agreement (sorry, feminists!) was honoured under which politicians’ private foibles were ignored or, at least, not commented upon publicly. Journalists and […]