Rhetoric vs reality

I’ve had a break from writing for a variety of reasons, but the reckless approach the new Queensland government is taking to their spending decisions – and the straightout nonsensicality of some of their claims – roused me enough to pen a piece for New Matilda. Time will tell whether the Newman government will start trying to ensure their statements have some connection with reality – I suggest the way they respond next year to the findings of the inquiry into child safety which they’ve established will be a significant test.

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  1. IT is not often that I agree with Andrew Bartlett but on this occasion I do,. Not necessarily for the same reasons. Newman is by far the worst Parliamentary leader since Whitlam (and it is touch and go over which is the worse)

    Newman went to the election promising:
    1) No Sale of assets – But closed assets within minutes of getting into power. He immediately started the ball rolling to sell off assets after next election. If you want electricity prices to soar through the roof Vote for Newman.
    2) to repeal the Civil Unions legislation – but as soon as he got into power but changed his mind
    3) That no public servant need fear for their job
    IT is clear that on these three issues he went to the election promising one thing and planning the opposite.
    4) Currently the LNP are voting against the Mandatory BIll that has been put up by Katter’s Australian Party members on the issue of Ethanol in Liquid fuel. The ALP will probably do likewise but at least they are consistent. IN LNP’s case the bill they are voting down is the very same one they put up themselves twice previously
    5) That there would be no government advertising in the last six months before an election.

    I know that door-knocking has commenced in Ashgrove and hopefully on the night of 7 February we will see Newman in tears. The Problem is that the alternative is nearly as bad as the LNP.

    Our only hope is for a hung Parliament. With minor parties defeating legislation frequently but at the same time voting confidence in the government.

    Andrew Jackson
    apjackson@hotkey.net.au

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