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Jez____
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The campaign has unofficially begun.

The Beattie-Bligh Labor government has been in power for 12 years.

Labor hold a vast number of seats across the state by small margins after the last election.
That is why commentators are predicting a landslide.  Potentially leaving Labor with 4-10 seats.

The Liberal National Party in Queensland is led by Campbell Newman who does not hold a seat in Parliament.
However he will contest the seat of Ashgrove against former Minister, Kate Jones.

I'm predicting the election will be called on Monday 23rd January, therefore allowing the Bligh Government to avoid the late February release of the report in the Queensland floods and who was responsible, etc.

Strap yourselves in for a ripper campaign.
In politics, anything can and will happenCool
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Report Thebas March 18, 2012 2:10 AM GMT
i'm only teasing pal ... she's had her moments for sure
Report wombleoz March 18, 2012 2:13 AM GMT
it's all good - it's time for a change, although Queensland will probably regret it - would love to see Can't Do miss out though Happy
Report Joel March 18, 2012 2:18 AM GMT
I still think the ALP is in the box seat in this one.
Report whoopi March 18, 2012 2:22 AM GMT
joel, if by box seat you mean buried six feet under in a box then i agree
Report Joel March 18, 2012 2:23 AM GMT
One only has to look at the state Victoria is in to see what happens when the Liberals are in charge.
Report whoopi March 18, 2012 2:32 AM GMT
no doubt they'll stuff up this great state....but they will win.
Report Jez____ March 24, 2012 3:38 AM GMT
Campbell and the Can Do team are ready. 

Ready to get Qld back on track. 

Today, Queensland turns to the Liberal National Party to salvage a state that is floundering. 

I'm in Qld today and cannot wait for tonight. 

From the people I speak to this is a whack to Anna Bligh as much it is a whack to Julia Gillard in Canberra. 

Tomorrow, Qld will see a brighter future ahead of her.
Report Joel March 24, 2012 3:40 AM GMT
I wouldnt be so confident Jez, I've been hearing strong support for Anna and the team.
Report whoopi March 24, 2012 3:47 AM GMT
geex you die hard Joel...I'll be voting with the true believers later today....but we're gooooone. May god have mercy on our souls
Report whoopi March 24, 2012 3:55 AM GMT
and just for jez......as you don't live here let me just explain as an ex Sydneysider. If there's a better place to live than this on God's green earth I haven't seen it.

This place doesn't need to be saved, it just needs to not be stuffed up.
That's what I'm afraid of
Report whoopi March 24, 2012 3:58 AM GMT
makes me laugh that afckn imbo who chooses to live in fcking Canberra thinks queensland needs savingLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaugh
Report Joel March 24, 2012 3:59 AM GMT
Laugh It's not  over yet, I am extremely confident
Report wombleoz March 24, 2012 4:03 AM GMT
good onya Joel - stay strong - Labor has no hope though CryCryCryCry

my prediction 16 seats will be all that's left - would love an upset in Ashgrove but, not much chance of that

Enjoy Queensland Jez, could well be your last election win for a few years Wink

Luckily the Swans are on tonight and I can watch that instead Cool
Report Mrben March 24, 2012 7:27 AM GMT
Great day for all Queenslanders coming up.LoveLoveLoveLoveLoveLoveLoveLoveLoveLoveLoveLoveLoveLove

We rid the state of the scourge that is Anna Bligh and her insidious govt.

20 years  of Can Do Campbell  will bury Labor and its failure after failure.

Read em and weep you socialist losers.Tongue OutTongue OutTongue OutTongue OutTongue OutTongue OutTongue Out
Report Joel March 24, 2012 7:29 AM GMT
Not over yet Benjamin
Report whoopi March 24, 2012 7:37 AM GMT
Do they have elections in Fantasyland MrsBen?
Report whoopi March 24, 2012 7:40 AM GMT
Did my bit Joel....but still expecting a new tunnel to be built under Waltons Mountain.SadSadSad
Report Mrben March 24, 2012 8:34 AM GMT
its over joel.It was over the day can do became leader.Excited
Report Mrben March 24, 2012 8:36 AM GMT
whoopi- do yu ever post more than 1 line? or is half a

dozen words all you can muster at a time.?Confused
Report whoopi March 24, 2012 8:36 AM GMT
no
Report whoopi March 24, 2012 8:38 AM GMT
yes
Report Mrben March 24, 2012 8:41 AM GMT
halfwit
Report Mrben March 24, 2012 8:46 AM GMT
LNP 34

Socialists 2!!!!

yes you read that right you socialist losers 2!!!!!

Labor's socialist policies are hated by Australians.Only  a half wit or retard would believe in them.

Labor -LaughLaughLaughLaugh the wilderness years begin
Report whoopi March 24, 2012 8:49 AM GMT
fckwit
Report Mrben March 24, 2012 8:49 AM GMT
LNP 46

Socialists 3

LNP  wins electionLoveLoveLoveLoveLoveLoveLoveLoveLoveLoveLoveLoveLoveLoveLoveLoveLoveLoveLoveLove

Socialist policies being hammered.

Gilliard prepares exit strategySillySillySillySillySilly
Report whoopi March 24, 2012 8:50 AM GMT
that would be exciting except....nobobody but you gives a sh1t
Report Mrben March 24, 2012 8:51 AM GMT
your a loser whoopi- face up to your short comings.

I picked you for a housing commission type off the bat.

Read those results and  question you false beliefs.
Report whoopi March 24, 2012 8:54 AM GMT
sorry...don't have time to smack your bottom again....busy making money in the real world..
Report Mrben March 24, 2012 8:56 AM GMT
another one line response from the retard.

pretty thin skinned are'nt you whoopi?

you usually find that with people who are inadequate.Devil

LNP 49

Socialists 3

Katter    3
Report whoopi March 24, 2012 9:01 AM GMT
i love you too MrsbenLoveLoveLoveLoveLove
Report Mrben March 24, 2012 9:01 AM GMT
Ashgrove- 19% swing to LIBS, 2 % counted.

Can do leads.

Small count.
Report Mrben March 24, 2012 9:10 AM GMT
LaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaugh

Current situation

LNP 58

ALP 1  yes thats one, a single, 3 minus 2 = 1Whoops

Looks like your branch of centrelink will be crowded next week whoopi.
Report Kye March 24, 2012 9:31 AM GMT
Go LNP. Great nite for QLd. I might move back there.

Katter may be the opposition leader with more seats than LaborLaughLaughLaugh
Report Kye March 24, 2012 9:32 AM GMT
or should i say Katter party
Report Joel March 24, 2012 9:34 AM GMT
Still not over yet guys, still think ALP can get over the line here
Report Mrben March 24, 2012 9:37 AM GMT
LNP  66

Socialists-- 4  things are improving, maybe kevin dudd will become the new state leaderCrazyCrazyCrazyCrazyCrazy

Katter 3

What a great night for QLD.

Im off soon to celebrate with the other WINNERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LoveLoveLoveLoveLoveLoveLoveLoveLoveLoveLove
Report Mrben March 24, 2012 9:48 AM GMT
7.17pm: Campbell Newman has won the seat of Ashgrove.

Which sucker was posting Ashgrove may not be won by Can Do?

Right im off  with the boys to celebrate.We gonna take the Lamborghini and scorch up and down coro drive   hanging out the sunroof screaming- ANNA  BLIGH SUCKS!!!  CAN DO CAMPBELL FOR PM!!!!!!!Love

LoveLoveLoveLoveLoveLoveLoveLoveLoveLoveLoveLoveLoveLoveLove
Report wombleoz March 24, 2012 10:59 AM GMT
congrats LNP - every dog has it's day
Report bigted. March 24, 2012 11:08 AM GMT
its Joh Lite in power.... stiff and forced, full of cliches ... oh Queensland, what have you done
Report Live_in_Hope March 24, 2012 11:10 AM GMT
its finally the SMART state!!
Report Barney The Bot Slayer March 24, 2012 10:41 PM GMT
an absolute decimation.

The shadow ministers will all have about 4 portfolios.

Catering for the party meetings will be easy, a thermos of coffee, a few Lammies and a pack of tim tams
Report wombleoz March 24, 2012 11:31 PM GMT
Jez still partying?
Report Barney The Bot Slayer March 25, 2012 12:34 AM GMT
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They will feel like spartans at Thermopylae
Report Joel March 25, 2012 2:12 AM BST
I guess I was wrong.
Report Jez____ March 25, 2012 3:20 AM BST
Yesterday, Queenslanders looked to the future by embracing the Liberal National Party.

They chose real action, over the relentless negativity and spin from Bligh Labor.

And what a stunning result.  Wow.

The ALP may yet struggle to achieve party status in the Queensland Parliament.

Campbell Newman ran a fine campaign with a "Can Do" message.
And the efforts of this new LNP Government have started TODAY.

Addressing the cost of living is first priority -  with a $330 a year saving for Queenslanders by freezing car rego and cutting the tax on buying a home by stripping away $7000 worth of Labor taxes.

As well as fighting the attack on Queenslander's way of life with Gillard Labor's world's biggest carbon tax (There will be no carbon tax under the government I lead) and the mining taxes. 

Queenslander's didn't vote for a carbon tax, but THEY'LL PAY FOR IT.

These are just the first tasks in a long list of repairing Queensland after a decade long decay under Labor.

But the Liberal National Party is ready and raring...Cool
Ready to get Queensland BACK ON TRACK.

It's a clear message to millions of Australian's around the country as they see Labor spanked in Queensland and the clear federal issues that were involved in last nights destruction of Queensland Labor.......

When it comes to Gillard Labor.....

If you want to stop the boats....You've got to change the government.
If you want to stop the carbon tax....you've got to change the government.
If you want to stop the mining tax....you've got to change the government.
If you want to stop the lies....You've got to change the government.
If you want to stop the waste....you've got to change the government.
If you want to stop the incompetence....you've got to change the government.
And if you want real action on the cost of living....you've got to change the government.
Report Jez____ March 25, 2012 3:23 AM BST
ffs, that took forever to write that on my iphoneCry
Report Joel March 25, 2012 3:25 AM BST
Will only be a one term goverment. Failyou is already on his way out in Victoria,same will happen to Campbell and co.
Report Jez____ March 25, 2012 3:27 AM BST
Anna Bligh resigns from Queensland parliament after landslide loss
BY: MICHAEL MCKENNA AND JARED OWENS From: The Australian March 25, 2012


ANNA Bligh has announced her resignation from the Queensland parliament, in yet another startling development for the state Labor Party.

Speaking in Brisbane, the outgoing premier offered her apology to the people of South Brisbane, having previously promised to stay on as member regardless of the outcome.

''Queensland needs an effective opposition and Queensland Labor can only do that if it rebuilds and recovers and renews, and I don't believe they can effectively do that while I'm sitting in their ranks,'' she said.
Ms Bligh refused to speculate on her Labor replacement in once-safe seat.

Ms Bligh ruled out any tilt at politics in the future, saying ''my time in public life - after more than two decades - is well and truly behind me''.

''I don't know what the future holds for me,'' she said.

''I've asked enough of [my family] and I'm not going to ask them any more.''

Ms Bligh said she was under ''absolutely no pressure'' from anyone else to resign.

''This is a decision entirely of my own,'' she said.

Ms Bligh did not back away from her vicious pursuit of Campbell Newman during the campaign over alleged integrity breaches, including his family business connections and relationships with property developers.

''I think they were questions that were important to ask, and I don't resile from them.''

She offered her support for the incoming government to hold a byelection for her seat on the same day as council elections, April 28, but said she would not criticise the LNP if they refused

The by-election will pave the way for Education Minister, Cameron ****, one of the high-profile casualties of the state election rout of Labor, to re-enter parliament and take over as leader from Ms Bligh. Labor insiders predict that Mr **** is the most likely candidate to be parachuted in after he lost his seat of Greenslopes.

But after she only narrowly retained the seat in yesterday's wipeout of Labor the move could backfire and cost the party one of its few remaining places in parliament.
Report Jez____ March 25, 2012 3:29 AM BST
Wouldn't be surprised if they lose Bligh's seat at a by-election.

I'd suggest her constituents won't be too happy about these developments.
Report Mrben March 25, 2012 3:42 AM BST
Fantastic night of celebration here.Love

The people of QLD  feel lighter today as the burden of Labor has been lifted. LoveLoveLove

LNP in for 20 years plus.

Labor may have to be disbanded in QLD as not enuff seats to  form a partyLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaugh

Victoria
NSW
QLD

Gilliard is nextAngry
Report wombleoz March 25, 2012 7:12 AM BST
Good move by Anna, a pretty traditional thing to do and sensible to do it as quickly as she has

the only federal implication here will be that it just got harder for Abbott to win - with a win of this size it won't be easy for Newman to manage his MP's, let alone the state - I expect lots of squabbling between the Liberals and Nationals over who gets what - I also expect some of the new MP's to make significant gaffs - all of which will hurt the Liberal / National brand

From memory next is actually the ACT, where Labor and the Greens will hold power followed by WA - where Barnett is in danger.  Obviously the only one that really mattes is the federal poll and this win by the LNP makes me more confident of a return of the Gillard led government Cool
Report wombleoz March 25, 2012 7:22 AM BST
missed one part - party status for Labor's handful of members - i would expect it to be given as it was for the Liberals when they got almost wiped out a few years back
Report Mrben March 25, 2012 7:24 AM BST
womble- No  gaff can exceed the "gaff" of having anna bligh in charge for the last 3 years. Nothing will come close to her utter disasterous management of QLD.

Any squabble will be inconsequential by comparison
Report wombleoz March 25, 2012 7:32 AM BST
people will move on MrBen - she's gone now - punishment has been dished out, it's time to look forward not back like they have been in NSW and Victoria

I pray for Queensland Wink
Report Mrben March 25, 2012 7:41 AM BST
womble- no need to pray.

blighs admin will not be easily forgotten nor will trust be easy to re -establish.Spin will not work.

Kevin Dudd therefore wont lead the state party to victory for example.

This is what labor aussie wide do not realise- they belive spin can hide the truth.That we the people are too dumb to see whats going on.

We are not.

Its the same thinking that will see Gilliard smashed in the next fed election.  She is not fooling us with her climate change BS or anything else.

We know its a tax grab.Burdening middle Australian working families.

Labor people do not learn. Its over for the Labor party.

They are a DEAD PARTY WALKING.Devil
Report Jez____ March 25, 2012 7:49 AM BST
Barnett is in danger?????LaughLaughLaughLaugh

You clown, wombleoz.

Barnett will be easily re-elected in WA.

Whether you like him or not, womble, he is actually a popular Premier.
Report Jez____ March 25, 2012 7:56 AM BST
Wombleoz still delusional......

Trying to paint everything as rosy for the ALP, ffs.

And try's to suggest that first time MP's in Queensland will make gaffe's that will "hurt the Liberal brand".

No gaffe, wombleoz, by a first time MP in Queensland could hurt the Liberal brand, as much as the Labor brand has been trashed to its core by Bligh, Beattie, Carr, Keneally, Brumby, Bracks, Rudd and of course Julia Gillard.

Wombleoz, you are desperate.
A desperate comrade trying to suggest "everything is ok" for Labor.
You'll desperately say and do anything to make out its all good.

Gillard will be re-elected.
The Greens vote will rise.
Abbott will be gone by Easter.
Every Australian loves the Carbon Tax.
and on and on and on it goesLaughLaughLaugh

Well let me give you the tip....its not ok.

I'd also be careful suggesting ACT Labor will hold power with the Greens.
And I've already addressed your ludicrous remark about Barnett in WA.
Again demonstrating how out of touch you are.

The Labor brand right across the country has been demolished. 
The Liberal National Coalition are going from strength to strength.
Another Newspoll due this week and I'd expect another boost to the Coalition's landslide lead.
Report wombleoz March 25, 2012 8:31 AM BST
Labor has done, and is doing. plenty wrong and they need to lift their game before it improves - they will.

Wait and see on the ACT and WA I'd suggest

Overall though, like I've said plenty of times before - it's not unusual for the states to be run by the opposite party in power federally, in fact it's the norm and I'd  expect that to continue

Queensland, beautiful one day - up for sale the next Wink
Report Jez____ March 25, 2012 11:30 PM BST
"SKY News exit polls for the Queensland State Election show voters were most concerned about the cost of living (69 per cent), followed by delivery of state services (63 per cent), and carbon tax (44 per cent)"

No federal implications?  Yeah right.

Report Jez____ March 25, 2012 11:32 PM BST
Queenslander's have turned to the only party in Australian politics willing to stand up for real action and address cost of living pressures hurting families RIGHT NOW and thats the Liberal Nationals.

Labor and Julia Gillard stand for higher taxes, more waste and heavy handed incompetence.

You didn't vote for a Carbon Tax, but your GOING TO PAY FOR IT.

It all feeds in to the cost of living.
You don't earn any more, but you keep paying more.

Only way to fix it, is to do as the Queenslanders have.
CHANGE THE GOVERNMENT.
Report secong coming. March 26, 2012 1:41 AM BST
hear hear jez......


hey that was annas slogan womble and it cost her!!!
Report Jez____ March 26, 2012 1:45 AM BST
It was a disgusting campaign secong, just disgusting.

It just shows how low Labor will go to hold onto power.

Just when you think you've seen the most pathetic muck raking in Australian politics, the Australian Labor Party dig that little bit deeper.

It was filthy, absolutely filthy.  And Queenslanders rightly punished Bligh, Fraser and Labor at large for a pathetic, weak and negative campaign - along with banishing them for their hopeless and state-decaying governing over the past decade.

Check out this attack on Campbell and his family:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyMmLKPDCrA&feature=related

Fkn disgusting tactics from Labor.
Report Live_in_Hope March 26, 2012 1:48 AM BST
on one hand we had the compassionate Anna teary and sniffy during the floods, then on the other there she was attacking newman and his family like a crazes mad woman

talk about mixed messages
Report secong coming. March 26, 2012 1:49 AM BST
100% disgraceful but they got theirs jez......the electorate arent stupid...

juliars been going at tony for some time now...........maybe she might pull her head in......then again she aint that smart LaughLaugh
Report secong coming. March 26, 2012 1:50 AM BST
desperation LIH - do anything to hold on . tell grubby lies ...mirrors our PM actually
Report earlycrow March 26, 2012 6:54 AM BST
A Toyota Tarago has more seats than Labor in Queensland LaughLaughLaugh
Report Barney The Bot Slayer March 26, 2012 7:29 AM BST
hardly enough members for a decent orgy

if u r into orgies with fat stupid aged pensioners
Report Jez____ March 26, 2012 7:55 AM BST
CrowLaughLaughLaugh
Report wombleoz March 26, 2012 9:36 AM BST
my guess will be plenty of Queenslanders will think they over did it on the weekend, sure they wanted Anna gone but you don't get good government without effective opposition so they could well pay a big price for laying the boot in too hard

as to the attacks on Newman - desperate people do desperate things.  my big hope is that we have seen the last ever involvement of Bruce Hawker in an ALP campaign
Report bigted. March 26, 2012 10:05 AM BST




Laugh
Report Jez____ March 26, 2012 11:35 AM BST
my big hope is that we have seen the last ever involvement of Bruce Hawker in an ALP campaign

Wise comment there wombleoz.
Report wombleoz March 26, 2012 10:04 PM BST
Surprised
Report Jez____ March 27, 2012 10:28 AM BST
wombleoz:

"Cando" has some interesting stuff going on his family - no mucking about though, forget the Queensland or Federal police it's the FBI

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/lnp-leader-campbell-newmans-relative-investigated-by-fbi/story-fnbwrkhy-1226271518463

CAMPBELL Newman has repeatedly dodged questions about an FBI probe into how his brother-in-law's company allegedly obtained a top secret US Defence system.


Just like Anna Bligh and the Labor team, wombleoz was out there on this thread muckraking.

Not playing the ball, but playing the man.

And not only that but attacking members of the now-Premier's family.

Just as there is a call for Qld Labor and Anna Bligh to apologise, it might be a nice idea if you too apologised wombleoz for your conduct during the Qld election campaign.

You stated the other day that you thought it was very much time for Labor to move away from the "Hawker style campaigns" , YET you still fully participated in the character assassination of not only the Premier of Queensland, but his family.

Over to you wombleoz.
Report Joel March 27, 2012 11:06 AM BST
Well 'Can do' has been in power for at least 3000 minutes. And what has he done?  Nothing. Does this sound like a man who 'can do'? I dont think so. Time for him to call an early election.
Report wombleoz March 27, 2012 12:57 PM BST
Laugh Joel

he could've provided better explanations Jez - i'm sure it will all come out in the wash but i do agree it was a grubby approach and shouldn't have happened
Report bigted. April 3, 2012 9:54 AM BST
guess none of can't do's mates are authors Laugh
Waiting for the announcement that Can't Do is replacing Arts Queensland with Engineering Queensland.


get used it qld peeps...
Report bigted. April 3, 2012 9:57 AM BST
to it

Blush
Report Mrben April 3, 2012 12:39 PM BST
you lost ted, get over it.

nothing you say can changed the fact that 74% of QLDers vote against you.

Be a man, stop whining,  wipe your tears away and rotate on it.Silly
Report wombleoz April 3, 2012 11:05 PM BST
military types hate the arts, always have - always will Sad
Report Thebas April 4, 2012 2:01 AM BST
the arts and the military go hand in hand womble

sun tzu  Wink


ps suck it up ... the people have spoken against anna & labor ... with a mighty mighty voice
Report PCisaripoff April 17, 2012 3:19 AM BST
Oh No, surely not

Queensland Police and Community Safety Minister David Gibson has resigned from his portfolio in the first hit to Premier Campbell Newman's Cabinet.

Mr Gibson quit late on Monday - no more than two weeks after being sworn in after the LNP's landslide win over Queensland Labor - after revealing he allegedly drove a car while his licence was suspended.

He says he will be taking some leave over the next few weeks to consider the incident.
Report Jez____ April 17, 2012 3:32 AM BST
David Gibson did the wrong thing.  Some will say it didn't deserve sacking, but it was a poor judgement call by Mr Gibson - and maybe in future he'll pay his fines on time.

But isn't it great to see accountability in government, in Queensland.
Campbell Newman set a high standard for ministers - and he's sticking to it.

While Craig Thompson's stench lingers throughout Federal Labor
.....Campbell Newman has set a high standard for ministers within the LNP Government.

While Queenslander's are very familiar with former state Labor MP Karen Struthers, who retained her parliamentary secretary for health position after being caught drink-driving in a government vehicle with a blood alcohol content of more than three times the legal limit
......Campbell Newman has set a high standard for ministers within the LNP Government.

Again, its called accountability.

And from all accounts today, most feedback I've been reading has, whilst expressed disappointment in the poor judgement call by David Gibson, has been positive in that Queensland finally has an accountable government, unlike the last 16 years of hard and corrupt Labor are Beattie-Bligh.
Report Jez____ April 17, 2012 3:32 AM BST
*under Beattie-Bligh
Report whoopi April 17, 2012 3:35 AM BST
yeah it's been a whole 2  weeks in gov. they were averdue for their first bit of scandalLaughLaughLaughLaugh
Report whoopi April 17, 2012 3:35 AM BST
overdue
Report bigted. April 17, 2012 9:25 AM BST
redneck alert.. mug Laugh

Paul Keating said it first and best: "Never stand between a state premier and a bucket of money," and some 15 years later, that is still the neatest and most concise description of Australian federalism.

But these days one could add: "And never stand between a premier and a chance at parochial grandstanding," since even when the dosh is not forthcoming, the opportunity for populist demagoguery remains.

Queensland's Campbell Newman, the new boy at last week's COAG talk fest, is the latest convert to one-eyed populism, as summarised by the Courier-Mail's long-standing banner: "Everything for Queensland" – its unspoken corollary being "and nothing for the rest of Australia".

Newman espouses (or at least claims to) a doctrine of competitive federalism, a belief that the states should vie with each other in every field as ruthlessly as they do in the hyped-up annual football games.

Not for him co-operation, leading to the sort of uniformity demanded by business, politicians, teachers, police forces, employers and unionists at a time when mobility is the norm and Australians are increasingly moving from one end of the country to the other as a necessary and desirable way of life.

No, Newman's state will do things his way, and if the Mexicans south of the Tweed don't like it, well tough.

There are echoes here of the dictum of his demented predecessor, Joh Bjelke–Petersen, who once declared to a bemused London press conference: "There is no such place as Australia. I am the premier of the sovereign state of Queensland and I know whereof I speak."

But at least Joh's rodomontade came some 40 years ago. Newman's was just last week.

The fact is, of course, that state borders are a relic of the 19th century, when bored British public servants passed their time in Whitehall drawing lines on maps of places they had never seen and never wanted to.

One of them noticed that there was a big river about halfway up the east coast, a kind of natural barrier; so he followed it back to its source and kept going west.

The permanence of the state border was enshrined in the British act of parliament which became the Australian constitution. And since then it has been a God-ordained divide, a sacred boundary at which laws, customs and even time zones undergo arbitrary change, cane toads become cockroaches and maroon turns to blue.

It was not meant to be thus: while there was always rivalry and jealousy between the original colonies, in 1901 they were supposed to merge into indissoluble partnership as part of the wider Commonwealth.

But for reasons which have very little to do with genuine diversity and a lot to do with political opportunism, from time to time one or more relapse into fiefdoms ruled by cynical warlords intent on maintaining their own place in the sun at the expense of the national good. Hence, Campbell Newman.

He is, of course, far from unique – merely the most publicly recalcitrant of the current crop. And Julia Gillard's frustration is similarly routine.

Every prime minister in living memory has come to office with glowing promises of an era of peace and solidarity, and all have been stymied, as often by states governed by their own party colleagues as by the opposition; Kevin Rudd's hopes for a Labor era of concord were even less successful than Gillard's aspirations at a time when four of the six states are in enemy hands.

In fact, Gillard, aided by considerable pressure from the business community, has done rather better than anyone expected. Progress has been slow and unspectacular, but steady and reasonably substantial.

Last week's COAG delivered a new deal on funding vocational education including 375,000 new places and a new system of student loans, progress on a plan to remove barriers to skilled workers seeking to move between states, endorsement of the national disability insurance scheme, and an agreement in principle to cut red and green tape for business.

Not bad for what is portrayed by Tony Abbott and his mates in the media as an unworkable and dysfunctional government.

There are, of course, problems: Julia Gillard's grand plan for uniform occupational health and safety laws was knocked back by Victoria and Western Australia, and the ongoing battle over sharing the GST shows no sign of resolution. But the agreements deserved more attention – and congratulation – than they received in the news.

One reason they were down played, of course, was that Bob Brown pre-empted the headlines with the revelation that he was about to leave the Australian Parliament and ascend into heaven, or somewhere similar.

This was certainly news, and surprising news at that, but his instant canonisation by the media came as a far greater shock: was this the same fanatic whose quasi-communist acolytes were dedicated to the destruction of the family and the overthrow of Western civilisation? The crazed ideologue who would send us all back to the caves?

Well, yes, apparently; suddenly the mild-mannered Tasmanian was now to be revered as an exceptional politician; honest, charismatic, and overwhelmingly successful.

Well, up to a point. There is no doubt that Brown, more than any other single person, has been responsible for making environmental issues part of mainstream politics, and this is a considerable achievement.

But in terms of actual legislation, his political legacy rests mainly on the carbon tax – unquestionably good public policy, but an albatross around Julia Gillard's neck which looks set to drag her from office and install Tony Abbott, the sworn enemy of everything the Greens hold dear.

And in the process the Greens may well become politically sidelined; Brown's successors as their leaders, starting with the abrasive Christine Milne, face a huge task both in replacing Brown as the party's public face and in holding its factions together.

They may succeed, but if they do, it will be at the political expense of the Labor Party, which in turn will serve to entrench the conservatives in power – exactly what the rank and file greenies don't want.

And meanwhile, all Julia Gillard and her colleagues can do is keep plugging away, receiving no credit for their efforts. There must be times when they envy Bob Brown. Or even Campbell Newman.

Things are so much simpler for them.
Report Joel April 17, 2012 9:58 AM BST
You are absolutely right Jez. Accountability is the key. It's time for the person who appointed this guy...Mr Campbell Newman to step down. And call an early election. It is the only way.
Report Jez____ April 17, 2012 10:26 AM BST
Mungo McCallum....ffs teddlesLaughLaughLaughLaughLaugh
Report wombleoz April 17, 2012 11:49 AM BST
didn't take long did it - first minister down already Crazy

he has set the bar way too high
Report Jez____ April 17, 2012 11:58 AM BST
We know corruption, lying and zero integrity are the ingredients for a "successful" Labor minister - but things are different within the Liberal National's, wombleoz.

CrazyCrazyCrazy

ffs
Report wombleoz April 17, 2012 12:16 PM BST
ok, next sacking within a month imo
Report whoopi April 18, 2012 1:09 AM BST
Yeah Nationals are squeaky clean...except for a bloke who ignored  5 letters telling him he had a suspended licence then drove.
Oh and those other fellasLaughLaughLaugh we're all supposed to forget about like Russ Hinze, the minister for **** races.
Report PCisaripoff April 18, 2012 6:36 AM BST
An LNP staffer has resigned after sending an email to a Queensland feminist about the superiority of men, telling her to "get a life" and calling her a "sourpuss" for writing an opinion piece about the need for more women in parliament.

Max Tomlinson, the then media adviser to Liberal National Party Senator Ian Macdonald, wrote to Dr Carole Ford after she penned a newspaper column criticising the lack of female representation in Queensland's parliament.

In his email, Mr Tomlinson tells Dr Ford "like most women, you probably don't possess the necessary drive, determination and decisiveness that men innately possess.


Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/lnp-staffer-quits-after-antifemin...
Report PCisaripoff April 18, 2012 6:36 AM BST
Welcome to Brisbane, circa 1960. if the LNP have their way Laugh
Report bigted. April 18, 2012 7:20 AM BST
heres the letter..ffs what a mug
queensland is ruined,confetti,women stay in your homes,stay by your kitchens,washing lines  Scared

like you say PC,back to the 60s ..Shocked


LNP staffer's email to Queensland feminist
April 18, 2012
Dear Carole.
I have just read your pathetic piece in the Courier-Mail. While I generally ignore the bleatings of sourpusses like you, your piece was so depressing and negative that I was moved to find your email address and simply say: Get a life.
The world would be a better place if people like you stood for political preselection and learned the hard way that ability is not measured by chromosomes.
Question: Why don't you have a go? Answer: Like most women, you probably don't possess the necessary drive, determination and decisiveness that men innately possess. It's not a personal criticism; it's a fact of biology. Where, for example, are the great female explorers, mountaineers, warriors, inventors, chefs? Blokes dominate most areas of human endeavour because Nature equipped them with something called testosterone. That was part of Nature's grand design to enable men to be stronger, more fearless and more determined than their sisters. Sorry, Carole, fact not fiction.
Women occupy a special but different place in the world to that of men. I've been married to a wonderful woman - a proud mother of four successful adult children, not a nuclear physicist - for nearly 40 years. For yeras, I've heard women like you ask my wife at cocktail parties, functions and dinner parties: And what do you do? The clear inference in the pregnant silence that follows my wife's answer that she is a proud home-maker makes my skin crawl. Women like my wife are the life-givers, the embodiment of sacrificial love (the purest form of love), the primary keepers of the flame of civilisation that separates us from the animal world, and yet the Sisterhood frowns on them for not joining the anti-male club that you so typefy.
The anti-male world of conspiracy theories in which you and the Sisterhood inhabit is the complete antithesis of the world in which positive women thrive. Women who can't cut it in - what did you call it?, the boys' club - can easily cover their inadequacies by claiming bias, sexism, misogyny, chauvinism etc. etc. ad infinitum. It's so tiring to read such twaddle.
Face reality, my dear. Smell the coffee. Try to turn your sour, negative, anti-male view of the world into something more positive and productive. Demonising men may be your life's quest but fewer and fewer people are listening.
I repeat: GET A LIFE.
Kind regards,
Max
Report bigted. April 18, 2012 2:03 PM BST
what would max and the misogynist libs think of Wag nation...  deary me Laugh
Report wombleoz April 18, 2012 11:24 PM BST
a true insight into what many in the wider LNP think i'd suggest Sad
Report PCisaripoff April 23, 2012 10:39 PM BST
The $3300-a-day rate to be charged by Peter Costello reviewing Queensland’s finances may sound like a lot to struggling families, but the investment is worth it, Premier Campbell Newman says.

This morning, brisbanetimes.com.au revealed the former federal treasurer was set to earn more than $140,000 in his new job examining the state's finances for the new Liberal National Party government.

The government has agreed to pay Mr Costello $3300 per day, plus GST, as he heads up the commission of audit examining the state of the books.


Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/costello-worth-3300-a-day-newman-...
Report wombleoz April 23, 2012 11:25 PM BST
jobs for the boys already Crazy
Report Thebas April 23, 2012 11:37 PM BST
oh sorry ... thought for a moment ... you meant the Federal Govt Foreign Affairs job ?
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