Whats On The List Of Priorities For State Funding?

Hardly a day goes by where the media and the ALP opposition aren’t making some sort of noise about the withdrawal of funding for particular projects by the current LNP government.

In recent weeks, we have seen the closure of GoPrint, Q-Fleet, SDSFanfare, the Darling Downs Correctional Centre, and Skilling Queensland, because they were running at a loss or the Queensland Government just couldn’t afford to fund them any longer and work towards reducing the current debt level.

Yet, there is one project that is going ahead despite declining interest, the LNP government is willing to hand over a minimum of $110 Million dollars, which the state cannot afford, as part of an infrastructure upgrade and in a vain attempt to revitalise this ailing industry.

That industry is Racing.

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Democracy. Is The Media Or The Miner A Greater Threat?

If you have been paying any sort of attention to the media or pub talk over the past week or so, you could easily be forgiven for think that we have a free and independent press in this country, and that a shareholder wanting to have a seat on the board is one of the greatest threats to democracy this country has ever seen.

Though is it really?

First of all, it shouldn’t be too strange to see that most of this is coming from the media itself, mimicked by boffins in government who like the things the way that they are. After all it is only the media themselves who believe that they are the Fourth Estate, boasting that the media’s function is to act as a guardian of the public interest and as a watchdog on the activities of government.

Putting aside any personal opinion that you may have of Gina Rinehart and her desire to get a seat or seats on the Fairfax board, lets look at this objectively and from another angle.

With the exception of the taxpayer funded ABC and SBS, and privately owned 9 Network, the other media outlets in this country are publicly listed companies. 11 out of 12 of Australia’s capital city daily newspapers are owned by either News Limited or Fairfax.

Why should we treated these media companies any differently than those other companies that are listed on the Australian Stock Exchange?

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The Big Announcement

By now most of the readers of this blog would be aware that in 2013 I will be throwing my hat in the the ring of election madness as a candidate for a Senate seat in Queensland.

Why after all these years of having a go at they way politicians govern, would I possibly want to become one of them?

The answer is simple really, though a little bit corny too. I am doing this for the people of Queensland, and Australia in general. We have all been mislead and hoodwinked by the current crop of politicians for far too long, and a complicit media further perpetuates the deception. So much for their position as the Fourth Estate.

I can no longer sit idly by commenting on things after have happened or raising awareness before they do. So now I am asking the people of Queensland to vote me into a Senate seat, and into a position to stop the continual deception from happening.

When we learn about politics and voting, at first we are taught to be cautious and be wary of what they say. Then as time goes by we start voting for the politicians based on the party they represent, not what they can do for the electorate. The level of caution that we first displayed, should be repeated every time that we put pencil to paper and vote for someone.

The political party game that is being played has let us all down at both the State and Commonwealth level, and has let us down in a big way.

We have seen a Carbon Tax/Emission Trading Scheme become law because the leader of the Federal Australian Labor Party made a deal with The Australian Greens to form a minority government. This is despite her promise to the Australian people that there would be no ETS in a government that she leads, and the fact that a majority of Australian’s actually voted against the ALP.
In Queensland we have seen the virtual annihilation of the ALP at the last State election, due in no part to the perceived arrogance and mistrust in the party’s former leader.
In NSW, legislation has been passed to allow shooting in National Parks after the government did a deal with the two members from The Shooter’s Party, to allow their privatisation bill to pass.

So why should Queenslanders vote for me?

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Is A Political Party It’s Leader Or The People Within It

Last week saw the resignation from Australian politics by the Australian Greens leader, Bob Brown.

Since the announcement, there has been all sort of speculation as to the future of the party without him at the helm.

Whilst the reasons behind his departure have been wide and varied, ranging from saying that it was due to his age, and that he has probably had enough of it all. Though to saying that he is getting out now before the next election and the voter backlash begins as a result of the carbon tax having a far greater increase on the cost of living than originally promised.

Regardless of his reasons, and what actually does happen to the party at the next election, the speculation alone should be enough to send a clear message to voters that it is time to move away from the archaic practice of voting for political parties.

As we have seen with the Queensland State election result, and the paltry number of members elected due to a protest vote away from the ALP. Prior to the election, former Premier, Anna Bligh, promised that she would stay in politics and lead the ALP, even if it was from the opposition. Yet, she went ahead and resigned even before the counting had finished in her seat, causing a by-election to be held.

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Be Wary Of A Pleading Politician

With recent opinion polls suggesting that Federal Labor is in dire straits, and the Queensland State election following through with it, banishing Labor to the political wilderness for at least the next decade, things are looking pretty grim for the ALP’s candidate for Brisbane Lord Mayor, Ray Smith.

Things appear to be that dire in fact that Ray Smith has now resorted to pleading with Brisbane’s voters to judge him and his team on their policies, not the ALP brand.

You do have to admire him for this, and his assumption that when it comes time for voter to put pencil to paper, they will be thinking more about local issues than they will on the ALP as a whole.

Alas, I do not believe that this will be the case because on both the State and Federal levels the voters have been betrayed by the respective leaders who made a promise before the election, only to go back on it once they were voted in. We have even seen the former state leader promise to stay in politics even it was from the opposition. Yet she turned around and quit before the votes had finished being counted.

We even saw her pleading with voters not to give her party the predicted thumping that they recieved, using the excuse that no one should have ‘that much power’ when in government, even though it was the same power that her party had for nearly 20 years.

Regardless of the outcome at the Local Government election, one thing that should become blatantly clear is that we need to move away from putting our faith in political parties to form government.

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The Sky Is Falling, The Sky Is Falling

As the sun rises over Queensland this Sunday morning, politically it is a far different state than it was 24 hours ago. Labor in Queensland has been handed one of the most stinging defeats ever seen in our political history.

The LNP has been handed a landslide victory, that literally destroyed the ALP. With counting still underway, so far the LNP have 74 of the 89 seats in the Qld parliament, with the ALP to hold anywhere from 7 – 10.

With the helium hardly out of the LNP’s campaign balloons, the doomsdayers are coming out of the wood work, filling the press with prophecies of doom and gloom predictions that are supposedly on Queensland’s horizon.

One of the most amusing is this piece by Paul Howes, where he claims that Clive Palmer is going to be the real Premier of Queensland. This is exceptionally amusing considering the fact that the whole of Australia knows that Bob Brown is the real Prime Minister of Australia. And considering that he was one of the faceless men that took part in removing Kevin Rudd from the office of Prime Minister, putting in fellow union comrade, Julia Gillard.

Sadly for Queensland, there will be some pain coming, though it probably has more to do with the true reality of Labor’s mismanagement of this state’s finances coming to light than it does about the LNP living up to it’s election promises.

Though consider for a moment that if the opposite had have happened, that the ALP remained in power for another 3 years. If their behaviour over the past 3 years, and during the election campaign is anything to go by, they would have literally decimated this state.

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What Do We Know About The Candidates?

The Queensland state election is only 4 days away, and voting is always a topic in conversation. When asked who someone is going to vote for, let alone knew who was running, the typical reply is “don’t know”, or they were voting ALP or Green because they didn’t like Bob Katter or Campbell Newman.

What many people can’t seem to understand is that A) Bob Katter isn’t running for a seat in the Qld state parliament, and B) the only people that have a say as to whether Campbell Newman gets to become premier are those who live in the electorate of Ashgrove.

With the focus being on Anna Bligh and Campbell Newman over the past few weeks, there really hasn’t been any possibility to find out more about the candidates in the different electorates, apart from which party they represent.

I am (un)fortunate enough to live in the electorate of Mt Coot-tha, which is being contested by the Andrew Fraser ALP, Adam Stone Greens, Saxon Rice LNP, and Margaret Waterman Katter’s Australian Party.

If you believe the propaganda put out by the Greens, this seat may see the first Green politician voted into Qld State Parliament, and thanks to the preference deal done with the ALP in the seat of Ashgrove it may just happen.

What will a vote for each of the candidates actually mean for this electorate and for Queensland?

Adam STONE The Greens
The flyer sent out for him is misleading to say the least. A vote for Adam Stone is not a vote for a third option in Queensland politics, it is a vote for the ALP, whether directly or by preferences.

The Greens have never shown support for any other party aside from the ALP in their slow rise in popularity, either at the state or federal level. All you have to do is have a look at what they have done in the seat of Ashgrove, having given their preferences to the ALP in an attempt to prevent Campbell Newman from winning that seat. They could have said there would be no distribution of preferences, though they chose to do a deal with the ALP that will see them get their preferences should the ALP candidate fail to win that seat, and Mt Cooth-tha is one of them.

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