Posts tagged ‘Queensland Liberal Nationals’

April 6, 2012

Corruption, Theft, Incompetence, and Law Breaking in the Liberal Nationals

This is an old piece written by Senator John Faulkner (of NSW), from 2006 – but the incompetence and failures of the current Opposition – which was the government at the time the piece was written. The Howard Government may be gone, but some of the same people are still in parliament, and the hypocrisy does not go away.

Government Accountability – The Senate
Senator the Hon John Faulkner
Labor Senator for NSW
The Senate
2 March 2006

To this list can be added Mary Jo Fisher, current LNP senator from South Australia – shoplifter and security guard assaulter

And the Victorian LNP – who wants a corruption watchdog, but wants politicians exempt for any possible corruption (Victoria’s Liberal-National Politicians Exempt Themselves From Corruption Commission)

Then there is Hajnal Black, somehow over a million dollars of her clients money ended up in her bank account, she is a conservative from Queensland.

While not illegal, let’s also remember the Liberal from South Australia who told a female Senator she should be put down (South Australia, this man represents you: “You Should Be Put Down” MP Pengilly)

At the end of Faulkners very long list, he concludes:

Of course, all these sins mean nothing to the Howard government. After all, how can it repent what it cannot recall? This government, and its hand-picked sycophants, suffers from the worst case of collective amnesia in medical and political history. What are the bywords of the Howard government? ‘I cannot recall,’ ‘I don’t recollect,’ ‘I wasn’t informed,’ ‘I can’t remember,’ ‘I have no recollection of that.’

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These are the people who talk about JuLiar and about Craig Thompson, who has NOT been found guilty of any crime.

a big thank you to @davidbewart for this link

text by @redglitterx
probably not endorsed by anyone in the LNP, use of Faulkner’s quote does not imply that he in anyway endorses the contents of this post or blog

oh, and I must add – ALLEGEDLY for all of this

March 24, 2012

What Now For Queensland? (post-election)

Time To Power Up The DeLorean, its back to 1955

With a mob of Reich-wing Neo-Con Liberal-Nationals cutting a swathe across this country, and now have the east coast firmly in their fists, not quite firmly, must make room for some brown paper bags from developers, mining company donations and I.O.U’s made out to faceless billionaires… allegedly.

Apparently the only thing holding the Palmer government accountable in Queensland now is the Murdoch media.

But, there is always the ABC – which has recently been dubbed The ABCoaltion – chock full of their left wing bias (Ha!).

Never fear, Queensland, don’t despair Men and Women of Australia, because everyone knows how fair and trust-worthy the Liberal-Nationals are.

And as for honest, oh the LNP is scrupulously honest, if you don’t believe me, just ask some children overboard, also that charming young Tony Fitzgerald might have something to add too.

Although, we might need to remind them occasionally the word is scruples, not screw peoples

Logan, can I ask, what were you thinking, voting in a US Marine (Michael Pucci)? They will be taking over Darwin with their bases, but now you’re giving them power one seat a time. We are truly headed down the path to become the 51st state.

Look forward to years of slashed wages, slashed jobs in the public service, development in environmentally vulnerable areas, mining in rainforests, the whole state will be fracked, well and truly fracked.

If Queensland wants a prediction of their future, take a look at what One Term Barry O’Fail and Ted FailYou have been up to recently – both selling off assets, cutting services, breaking promises.

Give it six months and they will be doing all the things they bashed Labor for doing only worse… at least Labor puts the money back into community.

Promises all over the place will be broken, because, as is standard when there is a change of government the books are in a lot worse shape than they thought

The Liberal Nationals will slash the public sector for a surplus that will look good on paper, but one persons government waste is another persons livelihood. There will be changes in living conditions and a stagnate economy.

There is always mining to fill up the coffers, because we all know how big miners love to pay their taxes. And, it’s not like anyone needs a Great Barrier Reef, or the Rainforests, or the beaches, or healthy kids in suburbs not when there is coal seam gas that could be extracted.

Also, the benefit of lots of sick kiddies, is they stop going to school. Enrolments fall and the land can be sold off cheaply to developers to build subdivisions and McMansions, now if they could only find some land to build a school for all the working families that will be moving in…

Expect three and a bit fun-filled years of gerrymanders, so extreme, you will look back on the Kat In The Hat as the days of stability and sensibility.

Will this be the Coyote Ugly of elections? Will Queensland voters regret their decision in the morning? Time will tell.

This is sarcasm, this is a comment on the lack of accountability of the Qld government due to there being a Unicameral system, No upper house to hold things in check

by @redglitterx and @jot_au

March 23, 2012

Why is counting to 14 so difficult for The ABC?

Rob Borbidge served as the 35th Premier of Queensland and leader National Party. His premiership lasted from 20 February 1996 – 26 June 1998.

So for the numerically challenged in the ABC – if you take away 1998 (when a National last led government) from 2012 (the year we are currently in) you are left with 14. That is, it has been only 14 years since Labor were in Opposition, not 20 years, not 23 years.

Why does the ABC Brisbane have such trouble counting beyond 10? Their number doesn’t even match with the Liberal Nationals estimate of 20 years they claim Labor have been in power, which is what the LNP are running in their political ads.

text by @redglitterx

March 23, 2012

Targets On Foreheads and Bullets – is this how the LNP thinks it will take Government?

Tony Abbott wants to talk about targets… I have two words for him: Gabrielle Giffords*

When the man who wishes he was Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, the leader of the Opposition (for now), gets up in question time and uses analogies to shooting people, we must really begin to question whether the country would be safe in his hands.

During Question Time yesterday, Abbott got up and said:
The voters of Queensland, they won’t miss… this Prime Minister [Gillard] and this Leader of the House [Albanese] have got targets on their foreheads.

So, what point was Tony Abbott trying to make?

These comments come at a time which has seen an increasingly easy acceptance in the use of death threats or vague allusions to dying, as a way of dealing with anyone you disagree with (conservative radio host Alan Jones comments against Clover Moore, Bob Brown, Julia Gillard, online trolls against Yumi Stynes).

Apart from the Queensland election being a state matter, and nothing to do with Federal Politics, and that was a long stretch to connect the two, we have already been witness to a willingness of the Queensland Liberal Nationals to use gun and bullet imagery when talking about a change of government.

The Liberal and Nationals of Queensland make the same type of metaphors. This is the image that is being used in the state election of Queensland, for the Liberal Nationals. It clearly shows the flag image that represents the Labor Party, and labelled Queensland Labor shot up with bullet holes.
More here: Mixed Message Strategy of the LNP in Queensland Election.

There is no need to bring not missing targets, and bullet holes into the national debate about leadership, especially when accompanied with talk about changing governments.

We have had a relatively stable political environment in this country, and have not yet experienced the assassinations that other countries experience (the two politicians who have been killed are William Paisley, Burwood Mayor in 1894 and John Newman, State MP for Cabramatta in 1994, both from NSW).

However, I am not suggesting that Tony Abbott was encouraging anyone to do such a thing, it just shows how easily these people slip into using words that deal with violent imagery of political opponents.

Tiny Abbott did later apologise over his remarks, saying I used a metaphor that I regret and I withdraw, and I apologise. He might have said he regrets it, but that idea is still out there.

Who knows if the choices of these words was calculated to appeal to certain voters in Queensland. Perhaps, Tony Abbott mean what he said, a metaphor that he regrets using.

There will be many people, however, who hear the original statement and not the retraction. Which, given the current state of the media in this country and the absolute deafening silence from the television, newspapers and news websites about this statement, it would be simple enough to conclude that editors and news directors around the country agree with the sentiment, or they would be challenging Abbott on his statement.

There has been very little condemnation of Abbott saying these things in the first place. Apparently you can say anything you want, as long as you apologise afterwards.

Tony Abbott you are a despicable little man, who relies on violence and bullying to get what you want.

I regret my previous statement.

Yah this saying stupid things and apologising for it is fun.

All it takes is one angry person who has no one else to blame in their life for everything that has gone wrong to fixate on Prime Minister Gillard, or any number of other people as the cause of their situation. Hearing these references, and seeing these images might lead someone to think that is the way to solve all their problems.

Who is Gabrielle Giffords?
If Tony Abbott does not know the story behind the attempted assassination of Gabrielle Giffords, perhaps someone should enlighten him.
In January 2011, while meeting her constituents, a man shot into a crowd of people, killing six and leaving the Arizona politician Giffords with serious brain damage.
Giffords has been one of ten politicians to watch by Sarah Palins political committee, and used maps with images of cross-hairs to highlight those elections most important to the TEA party campaigns.
Someone took Palin’s cross-hairs seriously.

More here: Abbott sorry for ‘target on forehead’ comment

text by @redglitterx

March 23, 2012

Will Gender Equality Be A Factor In The Queensland Elections?

ALP proportion of women MPs: 49%. LNP women candidates: 17.9%

tweet via @EMILYsListAus

Emily’s Lists supports candidate that embody these principles: Equity, Childcare, Equal Pay, Diversity, Choice

Their website Emily’s List Australia features 10 candidate during this election, with more information available on the website.

Clicking on candidates name will take you directly to their information page at Emily’s List Australia.

text by @redglitterx

March 19, 2012

There Comes A Time

There comes a time when we know that we just can’t take it anymore and that we just have to DO something. We can no longer sit idly by (very idle in my case) and observe the deterioration of our democratic processes without speaking out and taking some action to protest what we see as destructive forces in our society.

There are very real threats and are of great concern to a growing number of thinking Australians.

The corruption of the Fourth Estate, or Media, is to the point where it can no longer be trusted to disseminate information required by the population to make informed electoral decisions.

For this reason Red and I decided to set up an information portal to collate and disseminate information relating to Australian politics. The left has a plurality of ideas and potential solutions to problems.

We are a patchwork coat but we shouldn’t argue over whether there should be a zip or buttons on our red and green coat. We must stay a united force with a variety of views. The main goal is to fight modern conservative ideology and halt the corruption of our media and institutions, such as the ABC.

We must develop strategic plans to win back the working class and expose the LNP for the bogus frauds that they are. We need a platform for the left to have a louder voice and counter the cacophony from the right.

A new estate is needed to encourage critical thinking, apply proper scrutiny and hold government, corporations and media accountable. Let’s enlighten more people pay attention to the important events and issues and embolden them to turn left in 2013.

I’m not going down without a fight.