MAJOR CHANGE is about to descend on Queensland, and it will take a great deal of common-sense and input from the ordinary people to design the future — if the State is to indeed gift a future to ongoing generations.
The Queensland election on November 25 is already an unknown, and it would be unwise for anyone (even those jokers who call themselves the ‘parliamentary press gallery’ or ‘political pundits’ — to even come close to predicting the result.
The Palaszczuk Government’s smarty-pants efforts to rig the election by having voters mark all boxes on the ballot paper is now fraught — more than that, it has backfired.
Former Premier Powerpoint Pete’s mantra of ‘just vote one’ is relegated to history, and even he now admits the new method is a dumbcluck decision.
In the lead-up to the State poll, Opposition Leader Tim Clayfield hasn’t even had a chance to disturb his coiffured hairline — he’s so far been given a free ride by the Accidental Premier, and as long as he keeps that grin on his face, he can’t go far wrong.
Though, never far away is his ever-loyal Deputy Deb Frecklington, whose spirited approach comes from somewhere in the family, and brings a valuable presence to the campaign.
Talk about Malcolm Turnbull being a piss-poor decision-maker. Premier Palaszczuk gazumped him with added pirouette and somersault when she reneged on a handshake (the golden rule) with ‘Mr Adani’ over the billion dollars of federal government money that was to build the sole railway route from ostensibly the Carmichael Mine — but available to other proposed mines in the Galilee Basin — thus eliminating the ‘spaghetti junction’ aspect that I wrote about in 2011.
This is the subject of another story I propose to put-up on agalert.com.au in the near future.
It appears the only decision Premier AP can make, and has made, is to declare that her well-paid boyfriend can only work for a huge accounting conglomerate — and accept said substantial salary package supported by taxpayer monies — so long as she can dictate the terms of his employment. Talk about petticoat government. It’s enough to make a bloke puke.
Now, there is a whisper from the west end of Brisbane city — just a stone’s throw from the ‘tower of power’ from where our elected representatives (a very loose term) gain much succour — is that there is terror with the Deputy Premier’s electoral office that she is headed for oblivion, thanks to the candidate from the mob that Labor is trying so hard to emulate: yes, The Greens. Apparently the watermelon candidate is advancing up the ladder, forcing the Deputy Premier to demand that her (so-called) boss do something — anything — “just get me back into the hallowed halls of power.”
The Greens certainly have some fairyland policies that they reckon will truly lift Queensland into a status matching South Australia or Tasmania — Venezuela even.
These fairyland dwellers reckon residents of this state don’t get enough public holidays, so they want to declare four more. That should close-down a few more businesses not already affected by Premier AP’s decision to once again try to stymie Adani.
The Greens also want to ban coal exports (they’re already against uranium mining and nuclear power) — but they don’t mind decriminalising drugs because it’s better that the populace float above the ground rather than walk and injure themselves.
And law and order will have no place in a watermelon society: they will take tasers off the majority of police — so does that mean police will have to use their lethal weapons as a first resort, or will the government provide targets on their chests and free hospital cover to those injured?
There are certainly more than ample Robin Hood admirers within the ranks, and it appears the policies of the deluded rogue (a relative of Wayne Swan, I understand) will be adopted in toto.
So, let’s fast forward to December 1 — a week after the state election when, hopefully, the dust will have settled.
The LNP Coalition finds itself in front, and although Tim Clayfield adamantly and repeatedly refused (before the election) to rule-out some sort of a deal with One Nation, he may now admit to an informal union — but no Cabinet positions. Cue a dog fight.
But, sensing power, the backroom boys will step-in — and there will be an ‘alliance’ to govern the state. Free rosary beads and other religious items will be available on every street corner.
Alternatively, if Labor is in front, and with Greens’ preferences can form a coalition government, the backroom masters will put their free beers aside for about five minutes to throw together an ad hoc agreement that will be fine tuned in the boxing ring that is politics over time. And amidst the background noise will be Anna P’s voice: “I cannot be any clearer.”
So, there we have it: an LNP government aided and abetted by One Nation and the Katter Party (with Old Bob having more than his say because the young fella is still learning how to play the big game).
Or it will be a Labor/Greens government — and we will need a modern-day Noah to build a new ark to get us all out of here.
And “out of here” will be the prevailing phrase.
This is where Bob Katter will be needed with his proposal for a new state of North Queensland.
It’s as if his crystal ball is kosher. It was only March 2016 that Old Bob proposed leading a powerful bloc intent on forcing a referendum to create a new state.
“Within the next 18 months we can most certainly get a referendum up,” Katter senior roared, in a gruff sort of way. That time is nigh.
His sidekicks, Heckle and Jeckle (aka Robbie and Shane) are fair dinkum too: They can see a lack of infrastructure investment in North Queensland from a Brisbane-centric government.
But if a new state is to happen, let’s do it properly.
The name ‘Queensland’ should remain with the new entity, and a new state about the size of a small European nation should be created to include Greater Brisbane, the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, and Nimbin (especially for The Greens).
This new pocket state should be called ‘Sultana’, as this is the main ingredient in any fruit cake. They should not be able to poach Bundaberg, because we don’t want to make the fruit cake any better than it would or could be.
The rest should belong to the ‘New Queensland’ — draw the line from the border and along the eastern side of the Great Divide, and then the new government of Sultana will have to devise an income stream because the south-east corner has been sponging on the rest of the State of Queensland for far too long.
To the west of Toowoomba the state will thrive because of the international airport at the top of the range, and the great inland rail can be extended to find its terminus just west of Townsville, where it will link to a (standard gauge) railway linking the city with Mt Isa and Katherine, and ultimately Darwin and Adelaide.
Some forward thinking statesmen (self-seeking politicians need not apply) may see the benefit of linking Townsville to Port Headland. Here we will need reincarnates of those forward-thinking people who gave us the Snowy Mountains Scheme. The current Prime Minister is too intent on pushing it all uphill, and succeeding!
So, December 1, 2017, is the day every Queenslander should consider the election result in its entirety, consider what is best for the future — and then town hall meetings should be called across the state to consider a viable future for future generations.
A new state is the only way forward.
Because, at the moment, government in Queensland has gone backwards — from vaudeville to amateur hour.