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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 […]

Burning a mandate like candles in a wind

Politics is not for the faint-hearted. It’s a knock-down, drag-out process where the winner customarily takes all. When it comes to elections, there are usually no second prizes. Which is rather unfortunate because it cultivates the wrong sort of personality we prefer in our leaders. Sure, voters want a leader who demonstrates strength of conviction, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Newman’s sad new world

For a government elected on an all-encompassing promise to restore integrity to the administration of Queensland and, in particular, to end nepotism and perceived corruption, the Liberal National Party’s Can Do approach has been a dismal failure to date. That the government has lost its moral compass is emphasised by the oldest bleat in the […]

Flogging a dead Flegg

It is truly remarkable how naive some people can be. Honestly, they seem to wander through life believing the rules mandated for other mortals are simply not relevant to them. It is as if they believe they are above ‘the law’. And that is assuredly not a good look for a legislator. Which brings us […]

Democracy damns us with governments we deserve

There would be almost universal acceptance that an athlete who did not practice would be, axiomatically, unfit for duty. If you don’t attempt to perfect your skills you cannot expect them to be of a winning standard. It seems such a simple and straightforward proposition. So, how come we expect parliamentarians to be far more […]