…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
This is the time when all good men and women come to the help of the party, Labor party that is. And all good socialist men and women, of course. Our Premier, Anna Bligh has so far refrained from announcing the date of the State elections, which according to some sources have to be held at the latest on Saturday 16th June, 2012. The sycophantic media constant questioning about the date gives Ms Bligh a feeling of importance, the importance which she is most likely to lose on the election night.
That the elections are imminent one can sense from the unusually high number of Government advertisements in the media, and on TV in particular. Suddenly the Government, asleep at the wheel otherwise, feels the urgent need to tell us we should fasten our seat belts, drive slower, save energy, wear hats, eat healthy food, and, for all I know, how to change your baby’s nappy safely … in other words, the standard “we save your life-you save ours” con. All they are concerned with is their own political life up to the time for the parliamentary pension of the magnitude the Queensland nurses could dream about, though they mostly dream about getting paid on time. The media owners are happy for the Government channelled cash flow from the taxpayers and are thus less likely to publish anything disagreeable to the ruling Labor. They hardly ever do anyway.
The opinion polls predict Labor defeat. So far 12% of the current Members of Legislative Assembly announced their retirement at the forthcoming elections. (9 ALP, 1 LNP, 1 Ind.) Those still on the ship went on a final borrowing spree of some consequence. The Queensland’s current debt is $65.1 billion, which is projected to rise to $84.9 billion in 2015. Just a minor problem to saddle the new government with. Of all Australian States, Queensland with 5.8% has the highest unemployment. Also during Anna Bligh’s and the Treasurer Andrew Fraser’s rule, Queensland, as the only mainland state, has lost its AAA credit rating. All this whilst the resources boom has been supposedly filing the State’s coffers. When inevitably China slows down the increased state taxes or reduced expenditure would have to take up the slack. Both are politically unpalatable, so borrowing and even more borrowing is the preferred solution. In 2009 Queensland’s net debt was $36.8 billion and each Queenslander owed only $10,077. The good old times.
An unkind person could speculate that the some ministers of the outgoing government would be busily entering into long-term contract with no-government-escape-clauses, thus making the newcomers’ life miserable, and perhaps coincidentally assuring lucrative board directorships for the Ministers’ family members. But, as we are repeatedly told, that only happens in other countries.
Anna Bligh has been shamelessly milking the last year’s floods for all their emotional appeal. Yesterday she said, “I would certainly want Queenslanders to know what the flood inquiry says before they make their assessment at the ballot box.” The Report is expected on 24th February. Assuming she is telling the truth, one can guess that she either trusts or knows that the report will exonerate her Government and in particular her husband’s Department of Climate Change and that she could ride to the victory on its strength. Well, she managed a similar trick the last time and the electorate is forgetful.
If not, all those good men would be looking for tenures elsewhere, which in the Left dominated academia and China-depended industry is easy. And if it comes to the worst, they can heed the exhortation in one of their own pre-elections advertisements, the one about plentiful employment opportunities, and stay in Queensland to work in the Chinese owned mines.