DRIVING DOWN the Bruce goat track just before the big rain hit Bundaberg, the only sight other than crackling dry grass were a multitude of One Nation posters.
Heard on the radio a few statements by the Premier and Opposition Leader, about five items into the news bulletin.
But for what in the next few months will be one of the most critical election campaigns in the state’s history — deathly quiet.
While Pauline, and the Katters up north, are rattling the chain locally, the two major parties appear to be making appearances pretty low key, with the usual few millions here and there.
Labor appears to be dividing the state into SEQ and the rest. In SEQ, as the brochures show, it is all about sucking up to the Greens. ALP candidates in outer suburbs, where trees are cleared fence to fence to allow new houses and freeways, have brochures demanding an end to tree clearing in the bush to ‘save the Reef’. It’s the sort of shallow, cynical politicking that blows warm air into the voter’s ear and provides no solutions. For the rest of Queensland, it’s just a copy of Malcolm Turnbull’s hardly successful ‘jobs and growth’ line from the last federal election.
From the LNP, just a very low key “we are not Campbell Newman” line.
Maybe it’s the media, which seems obsessed with national and international stories of personalities and tragedies, with very little to enrage of real issues involving real people in Queensland. The multi-national newspaper chains (with very few exceptions) churn the personality/tragedy-driven stories copied from elsewhere. The radio and TV comes from somewhere else (commercial radio news and weather on the week-end for Queensland from Albury or Gold Coast hubs). Media, like most politicians, just seemingly churn-out like pre-packed, re-heated food in those glossy but shallow fast food chains.
So, how do we ordinary folk with a stack of issues needing resolution in Queensland by Queenslanders, get our voices heard.
There are plenty of issues we haven’t heard solutions for:
- Detailed plans to lift regional Queensland, the state’s economic driver, back into full potential;
- Falling standards of service in health, education, roads, communications;
- Cute regulations meant to buy-off some lobbying group which ties the people and businesses in frustrating red tape;
- Lack of real infrastructure investment to build the state for its increasing population and the industries needed to employ and pay taxes;
- The increasing size of highly-paid bureaucrats in the towers of power in Brisbane who appear unanswerable for poor/dumb decisions that puts lives and businesses at risk.
Where’s the policies to restructure for more efficient, responsive government. Not rants and slogans, but detailed policies that voters can have confidence might be enacted.