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The Newman Government in Queensland

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Bowside, Jul 16, 2012.

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  1. Bowside Peter Johnson (47)

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    I've been doing a lot of I told you so lately to people regretting their decision to vote LNP at the last election.

    The result is in the past and has been talked about enough I feel.

    A lot of the decisions his government has made re: the public service do not surprise me at all. I think most people agree that something needed to be done about it, but I also think he is using his mandate to give some of his mates jobs and project his values onto the institutions in questions.

    It would be naive to think that any political party coming into power would do any different, but that still doesn't make it right.

    I am a bit worried by our new attorney general Jarrod Bleijie. His recent plans have been widley condemned by the legal community, and although I am no expert in the area, I feel he is trying to create a image in people's minds that we are in the midst of a crime spree, when in fact crime rates are low and there is more than enough power within the current laws to deal with criminals.

    I would be interested to hear what my fellow Queensland posters think about the new Government?
  2. Scarfman Knitter of the Scarf

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    They didn't waste any time going mad with power, did they?
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  3. Hugh Jarse Rocky Elsom (76)

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    Hard not to get a bit carried away with power following the mandate they were given by a pretty p&*^%d off electorate.
  4. Schadenfreude John Solomon (38)

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    At least we get to see their true colours.
  5. Lior Herbert Moran (7)

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    Although Newman is not a bad bloke he really is stuck with a bunch of red neck crazies in his party. The problem is the National Party and the far right run the show. And there are many in the far right that think the earth is 10000 years old and homosexuality is a sin. Thankfully Newman is an extremely moderate politician like Treasurer Tim Nicholls so it provides a bit of sanity in what is Australia's most hick state. Now Newman needs to have a far more tighter grasp on fiscal responsibility than Bligh and Fraser and Costello's audit was a little too political for my liking.

    Newman's refusal to consider further asset sales is extraordinary. Whether QLD'ers like it or not, more assets need to be sold, and the Bligh governments privatization program was a good start in the right direction (too much was spent on useless things though). What concerns me is that with NSW selling its electricity generators, QLD is now the only state which hasn't sold these generators. What I worry is that the Newman government will just be a slasher and contractory government similar to Malcolm Fraser's government. Where people will simply ask themselves; what else did these guys do?

    Now to the Attorney General. He barely deserves a mention, there were many better candidates available and Newman chose some 30 year old clown, who spends more time in a drama classroom than focusing on real substantial issues. The guy is a raging populist who spends most of his time attempting to appease the right of his party, and is concocting policies which are populist but they are incredibly short sighted and ignorant. Just look to naming and shaming for repeat offenses like graffiti for minors.

    It's a shame because Newman and Nicholls do have a lot of talent. But their ministers leave a lot to be desired. Unfortunately we are stuck with party clowns like Springborg and Bleijie than actual talent yet the talent pool is deep like Saxon Rice and Ian Walker to name a few.
  6. Scotty David Codey (61)

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    A bit too early to judge the overall performance of the state government, but a few comments on what I like and don't like.

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    He set out an action plan over his first week, month and 100 days. As far as I can see he has stuck to exactly what he was going to do. And most of the items in that plan I agreed with.

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    The back flip and watering down of the same sex civil unions. I can't see any reason for this apart from pandering to the party's right. I'm not sure how I feel about the same sex surrogacy mooted changes. I am personally divided on the issue.


    Bowside - As far as the 'jobs for mate's is concerned, I don't think it is clear cut as you imply. Some probably are jobs for mates, but some are people that helped him effectively run the largest council in Australia - he has identified this talent and wants them to work for Qld now. And you have to remember that some of the people that got the arse are friends and relatives of the Labor government (Kate Jones' husband, Anna Bligh's husband etc).
  7. Scotty David Codey (61)

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    He is making steps in the right direction to support the development and construction industry, which has been largely ignored for 10 years. The only issue I have is his proposal to disband the ULDA (urban development land authority), which was formed by the Qld government to largely bypass the local council in important development regions (Bowen Hills, Fitzgibbon, part of Mackay, Moranbah). It appears to have been working very well.
  8. BPC Phil Hardcastle (33)

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    As opposed to BOF in NSW who has gone, impossible as its sounds, even more biege with power.
  9. wilful Larry Dwyer (12)

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  10. Sully John Eales (66)

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    The Newman government seem intent on kicking every pillar propping up the qld economy out from underneath it. Things up here could be very scary in a few months.

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  11. Scotty David Codey (61)

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    What pillars are those, sully?
  12. wilful Larry Dwyer (12)

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  13. I like to watch Simon Poidevin (60)

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    They may not all be grateful, but no one should be surprised.
    He is doing what his opponents said he would, and what the voters voted for.
    But jeez he is an easy bloke to dislike. smug is not the word but he's somewhere in the smug neighbourhood.
    It would shit me to see his face on the news every night.
    Just another advantage in not being a Qlder I suppose.
  14. Schadenfreude John Solomon (38)

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  15. Bowside Peter Johnson (47)

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    I can't quite find the word to sum him up either. I've seen him talk and mingle up close on a few occasions now and it is like he is extremely arrogant deep down but not outwardly arrogant if that makes any sense. I don't really hate the guy like others seem to, I more just don't respect him or his ideas.

    He has a temper when things don't go his way. I wonder if we will ever see it manifest in a public forum.
  16. Schadenfreude John Solomon (38)

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    May I suggest "merkin"?
    Roundawhile and I like to watch like this.
  17. I like to watch Simon Poidevin (60)

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    Yep there is a bit of the Mad Monk about him.I would love to see them on the opposite sides of a debate.
  18. I like to watch Simon Poidevin (60)

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    You know some years ago, they named racehorse that, and it actually raced a few times under that name before the connections let everyone know what it meant.
  19. boyo Mark Ella (57)

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    George W Bush apparently said "I'm proud to be a merkin".
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  20. WorkingClassRugger Andrew Slack (58)

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    Take Newman as a microcosm of what an Abbott lead Federal Govt would be like. Just a damn sight worse.
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