…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
Queensland State elections are due next Saturday and the governing Australian Labor Party is frantic. Anything goes in pink Chicago on murky Brisbane river; and the stakes are very high. Despite the “resources boom”, the Labor managed Queensland has done so well it lost its AAA credit rating. I predict that the possible new government will find in the treasury box just a YOT (you owe them) slip, which will make the Liberal National Party wish they had stayed in the opposition.
What will Anna Bligh do? The last time, in 2009 she tricked Queenslanders by calling the election early and just in time before the release of the Auditor-General reports on Labor grossly mismanaging Health and Transport. She lied about the state fuel subsidy and privatisation of publicly owned assets. The people, at least enough of them, believed her. She, as is appropriate in Peter Beattie’s Smart State, outsmarted them. “Regaining office, the fuel subsidy went, charges for registration and public transport rocketed and a $15 billion public asset fire sale was announced – although opposed by 79% of the Queensland public.”
The ex-Chicago community organiser, a Democrat, now USA President Barry Soetoro Hussain Obama unleashed the Inland Revenue Service on the Republican supporters and donors. Since our desperate Annie does not control the Australian Taxation Office, (though her sister-in-Marx Julia does, so hold your breath) she tried to sic the Crime and Misconduct Commission on the opposition leader’s family.
She admits she has no evidence of any wrongdoing whatsoever, but why not? She is a socialist, so do not expect any human decency. Interestingly, Annie was so sure of her politically correct judiciary that she brazenly predicted that the opposition leader Newman would go to jail. If so, he would be out-shouted in political debates by all those Labor politicians already serving their custodial sentences.
She offered free swimming lessons, as would be expected from a captain of sinking ship. She tried finance, she tried feminism, she still tries falsehoods. What else? Could she still come up with paedophilia accusations? Possibly, but that could be dangerously close to scoring an own goal.
The seven hundred pages of the Flood Report, released by Ms Justice Holmes yesterday, allowed Annie to exclaim “We did no wrong!” Perhaps, but only if you totally ignore the Westminster principle of ministerial responsibility. It is, after all, only the first inquiry, so the responsible Premier Anna Bligh should not get too excited.* One would hope that no wholesale shredding a la Heiner is contemplated. The Report does, as I predicted in Murky waters indeed, throw three engineers to the wolves. Terry Malone, John Tibaldi and Rob Ayre are to be investigated by the Crime and Misconduct Commission, which in turn, as prudent voices asked for a long time, ought to be investigated itself. (CMC tainted by political link – The Courier Mail)
Maurice Blackburn Lawyers** are investigating the possibility of a class action by the flood victims against the Queensland Government; and are reportedly pleased with the Report. Likelihood of a legal action allows the Labor government to refuse to discuss the Report and, if the action is successful, it would have to be the LNP Government’s task to squeeze the money out of the taxpayers. (The Courier-Mail: 2 billion in legal payouts )
The closer one gets to the trough, the grubbier it gets, Mungo McCallum, a political journalist and Labor stalwart, but of the old school so he is occasionally witty, wrote in his book How To Be A Megalomaniac or, Advice to a Young Politician.The opportunity for corruption is better the lower down a politician stays. The local government is the best for securing your financial future, the federal the worst. Watching the supposedly mid-range politicians’ gold mine, the state governments, one wonders if old Mungo got it right.
*/The preliminary poll indicates that 75% of those asked are not satisfied with the report
**/As a curiosity, comrade Bill Shorten, amongst other Labor luminaries, cut his legal teeth in that firm.