…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
Yes, Queensland state will have one. As opposed to an erection, which is generally considered to be good, satisfying and occasionally fruitful, compared to the forthcoming farce, deceptively called a democratic process.
I know that some people from certain countries may pronounce ‘erection’ misleadingly, but that is not the reason to pronounce misleadingly the surname of the leader of the Australian Labor Party in Queensland. The left media, and there are no other, pronounce her name pale’i’shy, as if she was related to some Jean Luc Melénchon or Georges Marchai and not to Polish born, a true Labor man Heinrich Palaszczuk. He had served the Party in the state parliament for twenty-two years, and she proudly took over his electorate on his retirement. If she is not ashamed of her Polish origin, she should pronounce her name palash – chuck, and tell so to her media supporters.
[My spell-checker keeps on wanting to replace her name with “Paleozoic”. That Era began 542 million years ago with the Cambrian explosion, and ended 251 million years ago with the end-Permian extinction, the greatest extinction event in Earth history. I thought it, the extinction, may amuse you, sorry.]
If you are wondering while I write about trivialities instead of anything substantial – well, there is no substance to write about. Nasty people claim that in the last elections a Lebanese mafia replaced the Greek mafia. I would not know. Perhaps some future Royal Commission will show. Tony Fitzgerald, QC, the Commissioner who brought down the Bjelke Peterson’s Government thinks that the Newman government “set a new low standard” for the integrity and fairness of Queensland’s governance.
The state’s economy seems to be better than under Bligh’s Labor, if one can believe the figures. Unfortunately, for far too long the statistics have been politically manipulated. We urgently need ethic-clensing in the Australian Bureau of Statistic – a top third of the ethicaly-challenged managers should be dismissed, preferably without any golden parachutes as a warning to the remainder; and failing that we need a whistle-blower or two. In the meantime we can dream and hope that the figures are at least half correct.
Never, during my voting life in Australia, I lived in a so called marginal electorate, i.e. one where my vote could conceivably make a difference. This time I am in a solid Labor seat. I got electoral propaganda from a sitting member, a hopeful LibNat, a Green and a total unknown, probably crypto-socialist. If voting was not compulsory…