Queensland Labor Silent On Government Funding

With the ever increasing lists of projects being cancelled by the current LNP Government, any reasonable person would have thought that the Opposition would be scrutinising everything that tax payers money is spent on.

Except this hasn’t been the case.

As mentioned in the post Whats On The List Of Priorities For State Funding?, the LNP Government is committed to handing over $110 Million to “revitalise” racing in Queensland. This is despite the Queensland Premier saying that Queensland doesn’t have enough money to fund the Federally initiated NDIS, or a proposed $18 Million vet lab at James Cook University in Townsville. Even going as far as to say that unless government spending was reined in, Queensland would become the Spain of Australia.

And what has the opposition said about the proposed $25 Million Greyhound track at Cronulla Park?

Would you believe, absolutely nothing?!

Numerous attempts have been made to contact the Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk about this, with all of them going unanswered. I have even gone as far as to send a tweet to her twitter account, still with no response.

I don’t know about you, though I am starting to think that maybe all this talk about Queensland Labor getting out there and listening to people and holding the LNP Government accountable is just double speak for “We aren’t really that interested in what you have to say, we just want the media to say we are”.

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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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Silence Is Golden For The Media Too

Not long after the LNP took office in Queensland, the Fairfax owned Brisbane Times set up an opinion column titled The Watcher, as an expose of sorts of the inner goings on in the new government. The Watcher’s tagline is: The Watcher knows government. The Watcher knows media. The Watcher sees all. The identities of our contributors, who are not journalists, are verified but remain anonymous.

In it’s most recent column, The Watcher, is having a dig at the lack of information that is being released by the current government, and commenting on the scarcity of The Premier’s press conferences.

The author talks about the banning of TV cameras by the speaker for nine sitting days as if it is some sort of great injustice to democracy. Even though the media will still have access to the official news feed, public gallery and Hansard. It should also be pointed out that the speaker banned independent TV cameras because they breached the Media Access Policy when they broadcast the behaviour of protesters in the Public Gallery on a recent sitting day.

Then moving on to criticize question time in Parliament as the government’s chosen method for the dissemination of information. Basically equating it to a mutual back patting session where one government politician asks another government politician a question that will allow the to gloat about how much better than the previous regime they are, with the anonymous author remarking,  “So much for robust debate on the floor of the people’s house.”

Whilst the article does raise some interesting items to ponder, maybe the media should look a little closer at their own behaviour before they start pointing the finger at others.

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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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Election seen through smudged lens

In yesterday’s The Courier Mail, Des Houghton wrote an opinion piece about the Qld ALP’s 2012 election campaign.

The piece began with the line, “SO WE have endured an election campaign with plenty of mud-slinging”.

A paragraph later he borrows from the ALP strategists play book, describing the party in similar terms to how they described the LNP. Words like; inept, rancid, pernicious, corrupt, insincere and misleading were some of them.

Then before listing all the failures of from Labor’s 12 year reign in Queensland, he says “I have a horrible feeling we are going to the polls not knowing as much as we should about how an incoming government will handle new challenges…” adding later, “The print, electronic and social media was hit by an asteroid shower of misinformation. Mudslinging smudged the lens through which we view policy.”

Now as much as I am not a fan of the ALP, the blame cannot and should not rest with them. The media are just as complicit in the deception of Queensland voters.

The media are the ones that have kept quiet over the past 12 years while the ALP mismanaged this state.

The media are the ones that allowed The Premier to publicly and personally attack an ordinary Queensland citizen, under the protection of parliamentary privelege.

The media are the ones that have allowed this mud slinging to continue to throughout the election campaign .

The media are the ones that went into a feeding frenzy every time an allegation of impropriety or corruption was thrown at the LNP leader.

Yet it was the same media that has been eerily silent on any hint of corruption from within the ALP.

If the media was less focused in trying to justify their own existence by helping Anna Bligh with her campaign against Campbell Newman, and more focused on actually educating the Queensland voters about what the issues are and how to vote properly, things wouldn’t be looking as grim as what they are.

Regardless of the outcome on Saturday, March 24, the Queensland media have a lot to answer for regarding the way that the campaign has been played out and the future of politics in Queensland.

Let’s Talk About Politics

With Queensland’s state election fast approaching, there seems to be some confusion about the actual process. Far too many people are under the mistaken belief that they need to vote for a political party, and that only parties are able to form government. Thankfully, this is not true.

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The Lower House in our federal political system, is called the House of Representatives, with the lower house in Queensland being called The Legislative Assembly. Something else, that is of interest is that Queensland is the only state not to have an upper house. Neither house, is called either legally or colloquially ‘The house of Political Parties’. These houses are all consist of members democratically elected by eligible voters, from the electorate they represent. This means that when it comes time to vote, that you should vote for the person that you believe will do the best job of representing the electorate in parliament.

Those people who have read either the State or Commonwealth Constitution, would have noticed that there is no mention of political parties. This is another deception that has been forced upon us by a corrupt media. The original intent of our political system was for the elected members to work collectively toward the greater good of their constituents and the country or state. Whereas nowadays, it seems that the good of the party is put ahead of the good of the country, even at the deception of the people that voted them into office.

More often than not, this cannot be done by someone that is a member of a political party. When bills and motions are put before the parliament for a vote, your elected representative, if a member of a party, will vote along party lines. Whilst all members of parliament are able to vote in any way that they want to, if a member ‘crosses the floor’, to vote with the opposition, it is virtually the same as committing political suicide..

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