The State Labor Governments of Victoria and New South Wales were kicked out by voters dissatisfied with their performance and buoyed by the promises of the alternative Liberal Governments. The incoming governments – true to Liberal form – have been quick to murder voter confidence and expectations through the discard of promise after promise. Those two states are now under destruction. Will Queensland follow?
This page will be on ongoing thread where we can discuss the rabble these governments have become.
More to thank the Liberals for:
Thanks to Jenny M for the above links. 🙂
Migs, where does one start,
What about sacking hundreds and restructuring the rail system, without any idea of the cost for starters. No idea of what will be saved. What is happening is pure ideology.
No rationale for their actions, except to claim we will get better service.
As one who travels regularly on the city and central coast trains, they were not too bad when Labor went out of office.
It is a shame that the new trains are now coming on line.
This is no credit to this government.
That will do for today.
Maybe tomorrow, education. A better one might be work cover insurance.
Costs too much.
The answer is getting people back to work. Funny, I thought that happened now,.
It is Mr. O’Farrell in my sights.
It’s all Gillard’s fault… 😦
Catching up at 9.58
I was last in NSW a couple of years ago, staying at Mittagong & catching trains to Sydney. Every single train arrived on time, was clean with ample seating, & got me to the city on time as well. I didn’t notice anyone on the trains remarking on this, everyone seemed to think it par for the course. I thought the hopeless Labor government was doing pretty well in that regard.
This thread will run & run, but hopefully only up until the next elections.
Bob, BO’F might get a second term, but only because some voters are slow to wake up.
When I worked many years ago, I used to get trains from Liverpool. The filth of them, especially in the afternoons would make one heave.
The last few years, I use trains from my home on the Central Coast to the Campbelltown and St Mary’s areas.
I find they run on time and are always clean.
On top of that, they are slowly been replaced wit new trains.
Most stations now have lifts. Believe me, when you are older of pushing prams, this is a god send.
Stations have been upgraded, especially past Liverpool.
Maybe they are a little crowded,, but on most routes, standing for a little time is not the end of the world.
What is worse, in my opinion, is being caught in traffic jams driving to work.
I have had the same opinions with hospitals. That is something I am a expert on. Have had lots to do with them since a child.
I know I have a great grandson, that should not have lived, thriving because of the standard of care they provide.
I think people either expect too much, or have no contact with public transport or hospitals.
I have had three operations in the last few years. I had a partner in and out of hospitals.
I do not believe that the last government was as bad as portrayed.
I also believe it might have been time for a change. No governmentshould be in power for too long.
What I do have problems with,is nursing homes.
BSA. That is a nice little train that goes out there. I caught it once to Picton from Campbelltown.
(“Within a year, national infrastructure priorities would be agreed and there would be more cranes over our cities.”)
(Just a round-a-bout way of observing that emergent deployments of interlocking policies appear increasingly (dis)integrated at/through local, State, and Federal levels; the supposed devolutions central to proposed one-stop chop-shops and blue-ribboned tapes-cuttings probably much more organised and/or corporatist than spontaneously (re)aligning.)
Baillieu to probe claim Lib MP rorted car allowance Reid Sexton.
The artcle goes on to say that this story was reported by News Ltd, who had been handed evidence against Mr. Shaw, which came as a surprise; no surprise that they’d accept a dump of “evidence” from anyone, but quite astonishing that it’s not another “dump” of ‘stuff’ about a Labor MP. It’s not often that any bad news about any conservative politician makes the news, but in this case it must all be a bit too awkward for the Vic., government.
Pip, he’ll be found innocent by lunchtime tomorrow and we’ll hear how the Libs resolve such issues swiftly.
Yet the latest polls in NSW have O’Farrell’s approval rating ballooning out and State Labor going further behind in what can only be a snow job by the media.
On every measure, from infrastructure, debt, unemployment, transport, crime, health, education, IR conflicts, business failures and more, his government is doing worse than the previous one and going further backwards.
On top of this he has broken just about every major and most of his minor promises and has only delivered on one major project that was only done as a show pony. He has reneged on every other promised project pushing one out to 2018 and shoving the rest out to committees that won’t sit until the next election year.
The media though overwhelmingly shows the O’Farrell government in a positive light and mostly buries bad news stories if they arise at all. Two of his ministers should have been grilled and sacked by now if the media was doing their self professed job of “holding the government accountable”, and another two should be having a lot of questions asked about their poor to dismal performances.
We all know none of this will happen until another Labor government gets into power. The most disappointing aspect of the media’s soft treatment of O’Farrell is the worst organisation for it is the ABC. Their fawning and positive reporting on the NSW government is in stark contrast to their previous reporting on the Labor government.
northcoast voices has quite a few stories on NSW Energy Minister, Hartcher. the latest story i think the Minister may have misled the NSW parliament
With thanks to Ron L on Migs’ Australians for an Honest Media FB group..
Now pull the other one, it plays jingle bells..
Meanwhile, in Victoria…
I heard Nick Lalich. the Labor member for Cabramatta, this morning raised concerns that Mr. O’Farrell was reassessing the need for commuter parking at Cabramatta and Canley Vale stations.
Now this was firm promise that was made by this government before the elections.
Can some one tell me how reassessing a promise and not going ahead, is different to lying or breaking a promise.
After all, this is what the PM did after the last election. She reassessed the situation and decided to go ahead with the Clean Energy Future Legislation, bringing in a cost on carbon emission, that is only 500 of the big emitters will pay.
Jesus wept, Min. I bet he said that with a straight face, too.Yeah Mr Barnett and the Tooth Fairy is real and pigs can fly. How long will they get away with this? As long as the wizened foreigner and his spawn are allowed to own even a lolly shop, I guess.
CU @ 4.31pm, they just are.
Now for months we have been hearing about the poor workers ripped off the HSU.
So exactly how many mum and dad investors has Liberal MP Geoff shaw ripped off?
Any way if the ATO is after him, then hopefully the nation will get something out of this crook.
“BESIEGED Liberal MP Geoff Shaw is facing investigation by the tax office amid claims he underpaid debts to mum-and-dad investors who lost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Mr Shaw has been the subject of a 20-month investigation by the Australian Tax Office, which has already established he has short-changed one employee who was paid through a trust fund.”
TUESDAY, 15 MAY 2012
Growing dirt pile is getting closer to NSW O’Farrell Government Resources and Energy Minister, Chris Hartcher
Something which places a different emphasis on Chris Hartcher’s open for business philosophy?
Sean Nicholls writing in The Sydney Morning Herald on 13 May 2012:
A SENIOR staff member of the NSW Minister for Resources and Energy, Chris Hartcher, has resigned and his electorate officer has been suspended after election funding authorities launched an investigation into allegations against them.
Tim Koelma, who had worked for Mr Hartcher for a decade, and Ray Carter, Mr Hartcher’s electorate officer in Terrigal, were suspended in late March after the NSW Liberal Party wrote to the Election Funding Authority alleging they had breached funding laws.
It is understood political donations to the NSW branch of the party were being sought through a trust connected to Mr Koelma……
POSTED BY CLARENCEGIRL AT 00:15
Mary Jo Fisher here in Adelaide has decided that us taxpayers should fund her defence costs. A judge or somebody is making up his mind about it.
What I like is their complete confidence that they can run a line like this simultaneously with their attacks on Thomson.
Bob @1.22am, it would be laughable if it weren’t such a shocking abuse of the system. She’s got a house and a well paid job. If she needs money, she should use her assets to pay the costs.
She got off very lightly, due to Liars Party influence, imo. If it were you or me or some poor schmuck from Salisbury, we’d be in the slammer.
Care2 have a petition regarding residents of a block of units in Sydney who have been waiting since 2009 to be allowed to return to their homes. they are currently housed in government housing.
New South Wales resident Mark Terry sure didn’t think he would end up homeless when he bought his condominium on Bunn Street. But Terry has been about as displaced as a hurricane victim–even though he is a bona fide homeowner.
Terry’s apartment building was deemed unsafe for habitation because of fire safety violations, leaks, and inadequate ventilation. NSW’s home warranty insurance program moved the building’s twenty residents to government-subsidized housing. That was back in 2009, and they are still unable to return to their apartments because the necessary repairs have not been made. “We just want to go back into our units and live our lives,” Terry told the Sydney Morning Herald.
Tell New South Wales to step up action on the building at 16-30 Bunn Street and get homeowners back in their homes!
I’m wracking my brain a bit on this one. Does anyone recall what penalty Fisher was given? IF it was a first offence..and we don’t know whether or not it was..then usual would be a 6 month good behaviour bond, or a fine or both. However, it would still be a conviction recorded against her rather than “no conviction recorded”. I have a feeling that it was no conviction recorded, therefore she was indeed let off very lightly.
I am thinking of the Aboriginal lad who was sentenced to prison for 3 months for stealing a packet of Timtams under the NT’s mandatory sentencing court system.
in the words of Michael Abbott QC, not Tony…
When the shoplifting occurred . Liberal somebodies visited the supermarket, and for some reason, the video of the event was wiped!!
So… Adelaide’s top QC is called upon to represent Ms Fisher and her parliamentary career is saved. Easy.
So Mary Jo’s important & therefore all the stops should, in fact must, be pulled out to get her off. Someone not so important on the same charge but facing the same possible loss of their job would receive the same consideration?
It’s sickening isn’t it Bob ?
Senator Fisher’s political career had to be saved/salvaged/ whatever the cost… to the taxpayer as it turns out.
Fisher hired the top QC, now she want the Prosecution/government revenue/ us to pay her legal fees.
It reads as if she thought that if she did a plea deal,legal that it included the “I don’t have to pay the fees” somewhere in the deal…
She doesn’t appear to have owned the problem for a second.
Hypocrisy writ large!
What a spoilt creature she is.
Yes but Min, he wasn’t a Liars Party Senator, an infinitely more deserving species.
Say no more! Nudge, nudge wink wink!
F*cken “grave consequences”!!!!! She half inches a trolley load of groceries and goes the biff with the security guard, but an Aboriginal kid who nicks a packet of timtams gets 3 months in chokey without a by-your-leave.
Bob and Pip, it makes me sick to my stomach that we should have to pay the bitch’s court costs!
“MANY of Victoria’s most disadvantaged schoolchildren will have less funding for uniforms, books and excursions next year, after the Baillieu government slashed an allowance for some of the poorest schools.
Some principals discovered only last week that they will lose up to $80,000 from government cuts to the education maintenance allowance (EMA), which, combined with the scrapping of the $300 school start bonus, contributed a $19 million saving in the state budget.”
Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/poorest-students-to-miss-out-20120526-1zc2v.html#ixzz1w2Vmp7k0
Re Mary Jo
It’s her lawyer’s remarks that anger me most, I think, that since HER job’s in danger everything sould be done to get her off quicksmart. There’s plenty of jobs- coppers, nurses, social workers, public servants & lots more for whom these charges, if proven, would be career threatening (& ending) issues. That’s their bloody problem, they can get in the queue, stump up for their own lawyer & worry themselves witless while the wheels of “justice” slowly turn.
Sue @2.07pm, it’s the Liars Party way-punish the poorest and most disadvantaged while pampering those who least need it.
Bob, spot on. As you say, the rest of us would have copped a shoplifting conviction as well as the assault conviction and been slung in gaol.
No public money to pay our legal costs and no sauntering back to our well paid job and big fat pension.
More than anything, the hypocrisy gets under my skin.
“Premier Campbell Newman has surprised voters with plans to dramatically change Brisbane’s riverfront, but he says the redevelopment won’t mean a sudden sell-off of public property. Mr Newman unveiled his multibillion-dollar CBD master plan on Tuesday, which would see one or two major office towers built on vacant, riverfront crown land on William Street. The office would be built by the private sector and leased back by the state.A number of ageing state buildings would be refurbished, demolished or sold, including the premier’s headquarters in the Executive Building on George Street, as well as 80, 100 and 102 George Street. A new pedestrian plaza, riverside boardwalk with leisure and entertainment facilities, cultural hub and possibly a five-star hotel and casino would bring a new “hum” to the area, he said.The revamp is expected to create 18,000 jobs over five years. Queenslanders were not told of the project during the election campaign, nor was it flagged in the government’s detailed 100-day plan for the state. Mr Newman insists he hatched the project after the election and denies springing an asset sale on voters. The government won’t decide whether to sell the crown land until after the next election, giving voters a say, he says. “We wouldn’t have sold anything off at that stage,” he told reporters in Brisbane.”
Elsewhere, in other surprising news…
“Mr Abbott said earlier that he would maintain high parliamentary standards if elected prime minister….“I am not going to break an election promise but if I change my mind and an election commitment needs to be reworked, I would seek a new mandate,” Mr Abbott said. “I will keep commitments and if I change my mind on a big policy matter I will go back to the people and seek a new mandate.”)
Meta, does one think that we are in for many many elections under Abbott.
I suspect he likes the excitement of elections. What over reason could there be for him being in full election mode.
Personally, I am quite happy with one for both houses in sync, every three years. Would rather a fix term of four years, but this is not to be,”
This makes me feel sick:
Miglo, we wait until the first bullet hits a human. How do hikers and shooters keep separated from one another.
I come from the bush. I have seen shooting expeditions. It is easy for the day to go wrong. I have a picture of a man in uniform, during the great war, holding up the wings of a beautiful eagle. He was shot dead himself a few minutes later.
This was a group of responsible farmers, bought up with guns.
It is simply not necessary.
“But he said the government had to “live with the Parliament that the people of NSW have given us”.
Really Barry, may be you should have a word with Tony Abbott.
Sue, fancy Barry saying that. Is not that what we have been saying all along.
The opposite would mean that one can do nothing when elected, if circumstance change.
Mr. Abbott’s option of returning the the voters is ludicrous.
Under a democracy, I do not believe one is elected to carry out promises. It is much more complicated than that.
One is elected to govern. That means doing what needs to be done for the good of all.
There is a difference. They are trying to place too much importance on so called promises. Promises are more about what one would like to see happen.
Mr. Howard felt comfortable bringing WorkChoices, which was not mentioned. He did it, because the numbers delivered to him allowed him too.
But Abbott is being very careful with his words, something he obviously learnt under Howard, the greatest twisters of meanings this country had ever seen.
“I would seek a new mandate,” Mr Abbott said. “I will keep commitments and if I change my mind on a big policy matter I will go back to the people and seek a new mandate.”
So what is his definition of a BIG policy matter and does that include breaking a part of the commitment on a BIG policy.
Of course not. Like Barnett, Baillieu, O’Farrell and soon to follow, who all promised to keep their commitments and be open as well as transparent, Abbott will break commitment after commitment of all sizes. Nothing is surer.
You only need look at the multitude of commitments he’s already broken only as opposition leader, along with brain farts he had no hope of ever sticking to if in government and then there is the massive funding black hole he’s created for his party if they win government.
Also remember he was all for a carbon tax (not price but tax) and he’s also stated that circumstances change so commitments can’t always be met.
I don’t think anybody believes Abbott will move a bees dick towards having an election for breaking any commitment, even if it’s breaking the BIGGEST one he makes at the next election campaign.
That’s Newman soon to follow.
Cu and One is elected to govern. That means doing what needs to be done for the good of all. But then Cu, you have a logical brain…
Mobius, the one that I found interesting in Abbott’s statement is if I change my mind So that’s it. It’s just if he changes his mind, then all bets are off.
Personally when I vote, I do it with my fingers crossed, that they will break many of the promises.
I have never seen a party that I agree with one hundred percent.
I was disappointed when it looked like the PM was dumping any action on climate change, until I realise she was talking about a tax. not a market base price on carbon emission.
I was not happy that she intended to put it off, until the latter days of government..
I do not believe has any effect on the vote. It the truth was known, it would have sent more to the Greens.
The PM coming live about 8.25 pm.
I have a confession to make. I voted Liberal at our last election (for those who don’t know, I’m in Vic).
I console myself with the fact that had I not, our brand new special needs school would not be opening next year. As much as I loathe Baillieu, my son needs a place to go to school that won’t see him on a bus for an hour each way without support staff. In my area, lots of families campaigned for this school for a very long time, completely unheard, so when someone listened (and from the Liberal party no less) and promised to help our kids, turned up to almost every rally or community meeting and participated, it’s hard to follow what you think is best for the country. If the ALP don’t get back to what they were best at – grassroots polling and going to battle for the little guy, I worry about their future as a party.
But then you have a LNP government going backwards and doing things like this.
“Hundreds of gay rights supporters have marched on Parlt House Brisbane over moves by State Govt to repeal civil unions legislation.”
OK civil unions is not marriage and not real Labor grass roots for the little guy legislation, but it is a step towards that.
In comes a conservative government and their ingrained 50’s mentality and all the good work undone.
OK Baillieu did something that Labor should have but then again he has also trashed some good things and rights as well, as O’Farrell has and promises to go even further, and before the people wake up and its too late to stop it, Newman seems hell bent on destroying as much of the environment as he can at the behest of big business.
So was it worth voting for them?
Then think of Abbott in power and anything the State Liberals have taken away and destroyed will look like small bikkies in comparison.
Mobius – I certainly agree that the example you’ve given is particularly abhorrent (and not in line with my own beliefs, I strongly support SS marriage), however, one of my even more zealous beliefs is that disabled children deserve some dignity.
I don’t think it’s fair to have to choose, and nor should I have to. My former local member forced myself and many other families into this position, not the other way around.
NSW More speed cameras. Great growth. Campaign against.
I would like to add, this is one promise that I do not have any problem with this being broken.
I do object that they crucified the previous government over them.
ME. 7.30 worth a visit. Will find the link.
“A leaked email from the office of Queensland’s coordinator-general reveals Hancock Coal has a direct line to the Newman-led government, raising concerns the mine’s approval process was biased, Greenpeace says
Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/rumbles-over-rinehart-linked-64b-alpha-mine-20120601-1zn2m.html#ixzz1wZxPJ0ro
A small history lesson *can’t help myself 😉
Prior to 1856 all marriages were registered by churches. A couple would marry in their parish and the record of the marriage was sent to the Bishops, known as Bishops Transcripts.
In England it was decided that these registrations marriages (and births & deaths) should all reside with the state. There was a huge outcry of state interference with “God’s laws”. In many areas, especially Catholic Ireland many priests burnt their records rather than hand these over to the state. This occurred in around 1843, but it wasn’t until priests started being imprisoned that state aka civil registrations become the rule and this is usually dated as being in 1856.
Therefore since 1856 there has been no compulsory religious ceremony, meaning that civil registrations (those registered with the state) have been with us for a very long time. As a consequence, there is no logical impediment to same sex marriage.
Another NSW initative
“The government bus fleet may be handed over to the private sector.
Government buses could be privatised before the next election as the state government looks to cut hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies to the State Transit Authority.”
Another “tarnish”, “u-turn” (code for lie/ broken promise) in Barrels NSW
“The pre-election promises included:
Abolishing the $30 fee for FOI applications.
Enforced disclosure of government contracts and grants.
The creation of a ”fully independent Open Government Commissioner” attached to the office of the NSW Ombudsman.
The Government Information (Public Access) Amendment Act 2012 was passed recently. It contained none of the above.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/election-uturn-sure-to-have-the-hunters-circling-20120602-1zofw.html#ixzz1wgEEZ4Xj
CU, They send Judges to gaol for stuff like that…. wonder how Clive ‘gordon gecko’ Palmer will go… 😕 Makes me sick that he can have that much influence.
Cu, that’s rather sickening. It’s beyond description.
How long has Newman been in power? And the corruption has already started. The AG has a name with a familiar flavour. I wonder how long Queenslanders will be happy to put up with this?
And Newman’s major infrastructure announcement, Brisbane city redevelopment. You can take the mayor out of the inner city, but you cannot take the inner city out of the premier, and his family companies.
Queensland, perfect one day, backward the next…
I do not remember this promise.
PS. That 80/20 was one off stimulus funding. The Pacific Highway is a state road. In the past, the Nationals demanded the New England Highway, be the Federal Highway.
We have just had a new budget. No idea of where the cuts are to be made.
What does this mean.
So Mr O’Farrell says public servants would need to prove their worth. I say to Mr O’Farrell that he needs to prove his.
I wonder what would be the outcry if Me. Swan had told us in the budget that he was going to make a billion dollars cuts, but he could not tell how, where or when,
So Mr. O’Farrel sees the money given to pensioners to compensate them for electricity rises as income.
That takes the cake, as far as I am concerned. When has compensation in this country been treated as income.
Then the minister on the floor of the house put forwarded the argument that they had to provide new housing stock, which would incur a carbon tax rise, therefore they had to get the money from somewhere.
As welfare housing tenants where playing much less than others on a similar income, they were fair game.
Problem is that it is not income. It is compensation from the Federal government.
It is a rip off.
Who would have guessed.
By the way, it was all caused by spending. The down turn in tourism due to the GFC and the massive flooding they have endured had nothing to do with the problem.
Mr. Costello is using a different accountancy system to get his results. He is including public works I believe. This is normally not done. It would be like adding NBN outlays to the Federal budget I believe.
We will have to wait for the experts to tell us what the figures really mean.
I suspect, they will be as Bligh said.
MORE commuters would have to change trains to get to the city centre under a planned overhaul of Sydney’s train system that will attempt to make trains run more frequently and reliably.
The overhaul would mean commuters from a clutch of stations in Sydney’s west and north-west would lose direct services to the city, but they would be promised better and more regular services on the express line when they change trains.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/all-change-new-plan-for-faster-city-trains-20120614-20d5j.html#ixzz1xpa3CiDE
O’Farrel has cut the education department’s drug and alcohol unit.
Want a laugh,. watch 7.30. Quentin Dempster interviewing our state treasurer.
Still no identification od what is going to be cut. I believe that Mr. Baird does not know.
I hope he realises that Mr. Costello used his own method if auditing to get these figures.
He counted in money that no state audited has done before. It would be like adding the NBN to the Federal budget.
Generous Liberal governments.
How many PS in Queensland.
Wow 20,000 people to lose their job on a fudged Peter Costello audit that’s riddled with creative accounting.
I know the media won’t, but I hope the Queensland people lay the blame right where it belongs at the feet of Costello and Newman as their public services collapse around them.
Here is a story on a debate in the House of Reps on the Pacific Hwy NSW duplication brawl. A delegation from the Clarence Valley council sat in the gallery .
Now guess where I read this story, not the SMH, not the Telegraph both for NSW readers or not even the Port Macquarie News but the Sunshine Coast News yes a news sheet for Qlders.
Sue, speaking of Queensland..
Integrity Commissioner raises question over Premier Campbell Newman’s appointment of close friend to head ports corporation
Yes, wonderful talent. Once again no price or how. I thought we had been here under Labor.
What is new, every new announcement includes, is changing trains.
Pip at 2.20
That’s one Integrity Commissioner who’ll soon be looking for a new job?
One journo hit the NSW Transport Minister with the fact the O’Farrell 20 year rail plan looked very much like the Iemma 20 year rail plan, the one O’Farrell spend a lot of time rubbishing in opposition.
So when the Transport Minister was quizzed on the points they had rubbished when in opposition the answer was they would manipulate the timetable so it will work.
Also the rail network doesn’t go all the way into the city, something they heavily criticised Iemma for.
So I want you to understand how the NSW people have been dudded by O’Farrell on this. After making a lot of brouhaha on how he will have this grand plan for rail that will be better and grander than Labor’s, he comes out with the same plan as Labor’s, but somehow he will magic the things he previously said wouldn’t work with the plan so all of a sudden they work.
He was too lazy to even try to produce something better than Iemma’s or is it that Iemma’s plan was perfectly sound all along and O’Farrell just did an Abbott to rubbish it when in opposition.
O’Farrell is treating the NSW people as idiots as well as being a great big fat liar.
ME, at least Labor’s transport went into the city. Yesterday we had the prospect of changing trains at Parramatta, I believe. Today, Chatswood.
The trains have terminated or gone through Central since the days of Jack Lang.
No time limited. No cost. No nothing, except if is going to be done by the private sector.
At least Labor’s effort attempted to link into the city. This seems to go to and from nowhere.
Last week it was bringing the trams back or light rail.
All channels seemed to treat the announcement with the contempt, it deserved.
O’Barrell’s latest assault on working people.
What, a Coalition government using paid advertising. Shock shock.
Oh, I forgot, is is OK for that side of the fence.
Often wonder about this myself. It came to me while driving through those lovely little villages in Britain. At first I could not understand why they would have rows of terrace houses in little villages.
It hit home, it was what made these villages so cosy and comfortable.
The inner suburbs of Sydney are not bad places to live.
We allow large blocks of high rise units, but ignore terracing housing,
I just read that same piece on northcoastvoices and I thought “now that’s so gobsmacking outrageous I better link the article for Mobius”
How remiss of me. I’ve been mostly going on about O’Farrell because I now live in NSW. A little on Baillieu as I lived in Victoria through to my adulthood and have many family and friends there, and some on Barnett as he’s the longest of the current crop of Liberal Premiers and was the fist to break promises and fail in policy implementation.
I would have thought that Newman being so new to game would have needed some time to catch up to the failures of the other Liberal premiers. Not so.
Two major broken promises, the sacking of public servants and the freezing of electricity prices behind him after having well and truly smashed them out of the ground he’s now moving on to breaking more and having a good go at destroying the Queensland environment whilst he’s at it.
To expect Abbott not to be the same as the failing State Liberal premiers is asking to believe a lot. Though if you take that Abbott will be far worse as being different then you can say he won’t be the same.
Newman bumps womens health funding
“received about $460,000 a year for the women’s reproductive health services.
This funding will stop in three months.
Ms Gore said the program was focused on preventative health for women in rural areas, women with disabilities and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.
Other items on the list of 24 projects to end reliance on grant funding in three months include a sponsorship contribution for Queensland Voice for Mental Health, a group that speaks up for people with mental health issues and their carers and disseminates information.”
What does a Liberal government do. Attack the workers of course. Workers both in the public and private sector.
f the Queensland government is interested in privatising anything, they could do worse than running their ruler over WorkCover.
They must be sensitive about their latest price hike – I’ve never before had a phone call from WorkCover to inform me that my premiums are about to rise.
Perhaps they are super sensitive in that an increase of 23.4% for video stores is well above the 13% average increase, which in itself is quite bracing.
What is going on here?
Introducing the Qld Treasurer
The Liberals love rewriting history and making arrogates. One of their most often trotted out is that they are great economic managers, yet any analysis of their economic management shows this is rarely the case.
Here again we have the 5th Estate doing a fact based analysis of something the 4th Estate should be all over, and were until the advent of the Howard government, where Costello’s arrogant bragging was taken as gospel and an indication of a great Treasurer, even when that Treasurer went to court to have suppressed budgetary information that would have shown otherwise. That sleight of hand was let through without hardly a whimpering protest.
From our friends over at The Left Hack:
As that cartoon I posted on Baillieu so aptly lampooned.
“Why are making all the massive budget cuts to welfare and social programs?”
“So I can make massive spending increases to jails.”
…or words to that effect.
A good cartoon that sums up Baillieu, and every other Liberal Premier for that matter quite well.
Good one Möbius 😉
40 cms too small. sorry Barry but size does matter
“WHEN the tunnels for the North West Rail Link are finished in just over four years, they will have an internal diameter of about 6.1 metres, too small for the type of trains used in Sydney.
The project director for the North West Rail Link, Rodd Staples, told an industry briefing last week the tunnels would have an internal diameter of 6.1 metres. This is about 40 centimetres smaller than tunnels bored for the Epping to Chatswood link.
It is also too small to fit a Sydney double-deck train and its overhead wiring, according to the government and several rail industry sources.”
Now this decision should be a doozy for the Federal Infrastructure Committee. The NSW govt should self select for rejection for any federal infrastructure funds for this project.
Sue, a lifetime away, the Libs were voted in because of a campaign against waste in building the Opera House.
The Libs cut corners and finished the building. The resit, an inferior building, that today’s taxpayer are paying to correct.
Same will occur with the new proposed tunnels. They will be second rate at the best.
Jack Lang must have got it right, when he built the electric rail system, during the Great Depression. It has served us well up to now.
It is now time, to extend the system to meet the needs of this century. The best way to waste money, will be by cutting corners.
It seems stupid to attempt to save money by making the tunnel a metre of so smaller.
I wonder if the good burghers of WA, Vic, NSW and Qld will be as enamoured of their Liars governments come the federal election next year?
Jane, quite possibly not.
Newman changes job cut rules
July 5, 2012
Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/newman-changes-job-cut-rules-20120704-21gxw.html#ixzz1zhK7KZeB
Great big new tax for NSW property owners
“The New South Wales Government is considering a new tax for property owners as part of an overhaul to how emergency services are funded.’
Shame Barry – NSW rips off local pensioners
Labor Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese has slammed Liberal Premier Barry O’Farrell’s decision to take part of the Federal Government’s recent pension increase off 1400 local pensioners living in public housing.
Public servants rehired as expensive consultants
That’s it Bazza, keep Public Service numbers down.
Quiet death of the youth drug court
I wrote this one earlier this year..
David Heilpern was my lecturer in Criminal Law..
“Public servants rehired as expensive consultants”
Pip, nothing new here. This is the way it always works. Politicians have this funny belief that one can get more for less.
Labor has been cutting to the bone for years.
Most state responsibilities leave little room for cutting, especially in areas as child welfare and protection.
Mr. Abbott will find the same. There is little fat to trim. They have to cut departments and programmes.
Re former public servants being rehired as expensive consultants. I don’t know how “expensive” that might be compared with the hours that they put in and their limited tenure.
Cu, dodgy book-keeping?
Most I know of, do exactly the same job for more money,
By the way, they were generally the best workers that were first to go.
If on does not have confidence in their own ability or wider skills, they are going to stay where they are,
NSW whinging because they did not get it. Queensland whinging about the cost. Can one ever win.
Can do, can sure do, and do it in a big way.
They are also handing over all foster care to the charities. it is over a decade since I left the industry. There have been numerous attempts to do this. It leads to a two tier system for the kids. The better behaved and easy to manage end up in agency care, at exorbitant cost.
The Department is left with the hard cases and little money to care for them.
I will be surprise if anything has changed today. Some of the quotes given were in cuckoo land.
It is NSW, I am talking about.
It’s great to have your insight into these issues CU. Those of us in the big wide world appreciate the experience you bring to enhance our understanding of this area of society.
Bacchus, I could be wrong on this one but my gut feeling after sitting through too may case conferences, is that I am not.
It is no different from other areas where the are private competing with public. Same for schools. Who gets the delinquents and those with problems.
How many urgent illnesses do private hospitals deal with. How many very poor disadvantage, find private rental.
There is only one that the Department can rely on, to take the worse at reasonable cost.is a certain priest, that many in the industry do not like.
Some cannot come to turns with his methods. I am one of his admirers. I will never forget what he did for my son.
Have we yet seen the number of people this government intends to sack. Is it still a big secret.
It looks like Mr. O’Farrell will have to deal with that airport. I did not realise it was third of the size of the one in Brisbane.
I think that Sydney barely coped with Howard’s effort of hosting big events. Closing the whole of the Sydney business down for so long, is just not on.
The reaction of the NSW mob is infantile. Sydney is not Australia.
Maybe the message might be, if they continue to treat the PM with contempt, there is nothing stopping her returning the favour.
At the end of the day, she controls the purse strings.
For the first time, we have seen Abbott talking with passion. Pity it is about removing the rights of workers. He is getting desperate.
Bacchus, I should add something over time I forgot. The welfare and care side of the department needs to be separated from the child protection side. I believe there may have been some movement down this path.
A District Officer in may day, had three roles at the same time. Investigate and take the matter to court, while working with the family as welfare worker. Often supervising the child in care.
it is like saying to the police, if you arrest the father, you are responsible for caring for his family, while finding accommodation, because they can no longer afford where they live. Most would find this ridiculous.
One can add to the DO workload the fact that they prepare, lodge and prosecute the case. The solicitor comes in when the work is done. All court papers are prepared by the DO. Imagine the holdups, if this fell to police as well.
Then they wonder why the system does not work.
Liberal government in decline in WA, which is not a surprise seeing how badly they’re doing, but I guess they are a little better than their Eastern cousins who stumble from one disaster after another and one broken promise after another.
The big surprise is the Nationals only polling 2% with the Greens on their normal 8%.
Seems the deal the Nationals did with the Liberals over royalties distribution has backfired big time. People are seeing it for the massive wasteful pork barrel it was.
If you want to see a real python squeezing the life out of a sector then you need look no further than what the Liberals are doing to the Nationals. The day they take the last seat off them will be celebration time for the Liberals.
A great big new tax for NSW residents.
“Tim Moore and Ron Dyer, both former state ministers, say a new tax is the only way to fund the significant gap between the amount that could be charged to developers without damaging the cost of housing affordability, particularly for first home buyers in greenfield estates, and the cost of the necessary local infrastructure required for the new areas.
”We propose that the settled areas of our community that have had the benefit, in the past, of their infrastructure being funded through general revenue streams rather than by specific development charges should bear part of the cost for new local infrastructure,” they say in the report.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/tax-plan-for-new-housing-20120714-222s4.html#ixzz20f59Yl1S
It goes on and on and on.
BE WARNED. COMPLAIN AND MORE WILL GO. Is that not called bullying.
By the way do we have a number for how many O’Farrell intends to sack?
Cu, while the conservative Premiers are busily sacking public servants, Can do Newman is looking after his MPs.
Premier Campbell Newman wants ban on ministers trading shares lifted
Pip, don’t you just love the use of “updated” to refer to a return to the Joh years wrt a Ministerial Code of Conduct?
Couple that with the proposed ban on teaching climate SCIENCE in schools and Queensland education should plummet to the bottom of the education class in no time.
The joys of a Tory government.
Jane, it seems the Tory version of things “scientific” must originate in the rw think tanks which are funded by vested interests – interested only in non-renewables…
Just so every public servant knows why there has to be cuts to jobs in Qld
THE son of a Newman Government minister was handed a temporary contract while thousands of public servants without permanent positions were being terminated.
The Courier-Mail can reveal that Ben Gommers, son of Arts Minister Ros Bates, was given a 12-month contract as a departmental liaison officer.
Sources within the department said Mr Gommers was employed on May 10 on a contract that will expire on May 24 next year. They also said Mr Gommers was contracted an A08 salary level, meaning he would earn up to $103,000″
$103,000 not a bad wage, for a minister’s child.
“A spokesman for Transport Minister Scott Emerson told AAP Mr Gommers’ appointment was not run past the premier because DLO staff numbers were being reduced, not added.
“DLO numbers were reduced from four under Labor to three,”
So at least 2 people got the sack so the Gommers could get a job
Story continues: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/agriculture-minister-john-mcveigh-under-presure-to-reveal-cuts-to-department/story-e6freon6-1226430631406
The biggest education strike in Victoria’s history is coming up in September as a protest against the Failleau Liberal government’s actions.
We have already seen Abbott do this in opposition. Say one thing to a domestic audience and something else entirely to a foreign one or to investors.
Newman and Treasurer Nicholls in Queensland are also engaging in it. Bullshitting Queenslanders whilst telling foreign investors something else entirely.
Telling Qld one thing, foreign investors another.
They only get away with it because it’s only blogs and an online community that raise and highlight these practices the Liberals constantly engage in whilst the MSM not only ignores it but openly makes excuses for and talks up the Liberal governments.
Another example of MSM failure to hold a Liberal State government to account is the spate of shootings in NSW, of a far greater number under O’Farrell than they ever were in a decade plus of the previous Labor State government.
Now this might be passable as there may be a bunch of unknown to us complicated circumstances that are different now than they were in the year or two before O’Farrell took office, when shootings and crime in general were going down in those years, but are now increasing.
Why it should not be passed by and ignored by the media is that during Labor’s time in office every time the crime statistics came out, no matter what the figures showed, decline or improvement, there was O’Farrell or one of his shadow ministers on TV, the radio and in the press bagging the government, and not just once but in a constant cycle until another item came out they bagged the State government on.
But the worse, alongside a death or maltreatment in hospital, was whenever there was a shooting. The shock jocks went into outrage and there was O’Farrell and at least one of his shadow ministers appearing on every media outlet possible and often many times a day, lambasting the government for all they were worth in how they had lost control of the streets and Law and Order had failed completely.
Fast forward to now when by every measure crime is worse, as are hospital avoidable deaths and maltreatment, especially shootings, but no outrage from the shock jocks, not front page decrying lawless streets and a government that had handed over our State to criminals and so on. On the latest shootings this weekend, yep another lot, something that is becoming a regular occurrence just about every weekend in Sydney now, the only thing I saw was a short five second cut off grab from Robertson criticising O’Farrell for not doing enough, but the whole of the report was couched in a way as to not put the blame on O’Farrell at all but on circumstances beyond his control.
Why the complete difference in reporting from before O’Farrell took office to now?
Why is a significant increase in shooting in NSW somehow not the government’s fault now but was all the government’s fault before O’Farrell?
Why aren’t the opposition given the media time to highlight the O’Farrell government’s failings as O’Farrell was given when he was in opposition, ostensibly to highlight the government’s failings?
Great comment, Mo.
And in another show of generosity..
More “jobs for the boys” under a conservative government…
Mobius, on 23rd, the msm must scan the Coalition comments for their stories of the day.
Cuppa, the blatant “jobs for the boys” is breathtaking.
My son deserves his job: Qld minister
Pip @ 10.49
An $103,000 job at that. And 2 people got the sack so he could get his. How do I know this, the Minister said overall job numbers in that area reduced.
Sue, the way Newman is behaving he might be a one-term wonder.
It appears that Queensland spends the less on disabilities. Did not even bother to put up a worthwhile offer.
It is not about not having money. It is about priorities.
I was under that impression that states are already responsible for the disabled. What is being propose will take into account monies already spent.
Yes, it will cost more, but it will meet the essential needs of these people.
The present way of funding is not productive and inequitable.
Many are looked after, their needs being met. Many more are left in poverty.
What is being attempted, bringing many in from the cold and ensuring the same standards across the nation.
Is one saying, this great country with one of the best economies in the world cannot look after their disabled, that the best we can do, is having them live in poverty and squalor.
The NDIS is about people. People. People. People who also have a right to a decent life, as you and everyone else has.
Sue, it is not about job numbers being reduced. The need, especially in the states for fewer workers does not hold water. States provide most opf the direct services people need and use. Things such as police, nurses, bridge builders and teachers, etc.
What they are saying, it is not PS we need. They are not even saying in most cases, that the private sector can provide.
What they are replacing the PS with, are contractors. Contractors which history shown are more expensive and does not deliver quality services.
Contractors, that in Queensland is closely connected to politicians.
The funny part is, these contractors will still need PS to hire and supervise what they do,
Inflation at long time low. 1.1 over the year. 0.5 in last period.
Another good figure.
Sorry that figure should be 1.95
Pip, Can Do is behaving like Joh did well into his reign. It wouldn’t surprise me if Qlders deliver a landslide against him at their next election.
Come what may after nearly 2 years of this behaviour, I doubt they’ll be too eager to have more of the same at a federal level. Same could go for the other Liars states, quite possibly. Could be quite interesting by this time next year.
Wonderful honest government in Queensland. How many is it now,
Vasta is one of the Liberals investigated for rorting his parliamentary printing allowances a couple of years ago. But this time the Federal police are not investigating him on issues dealing with his parliamentaary duties just his private emails to and an ex girlfriend.
Sue, it is that they just keep coming. It started before the elections were held.
I believe Cando is not finding it as easy as he thought.
The gang of four look a little ridiculous. They were asked for a small sum on the table to be top up by many rimes more.
O’Farrell’s body language said it all. He could not bring himself to look at the PM.
forwarded to see how the two get out of the wedge when they come to the party tomorrow.
The PM looked very relaxed with the situation. The trials are going ahead.
Methinks O’Farrell’s reign might be shorter than he was planning on going the pasting he got on the news tonight over the Caltex refinery closure.
For once there was no blame laid at the federal government’s feet though Gillard got a bit of beating over her new fence, but O’Farrell got a real mouthful as the workers and spokesperson went on about him swanning around in media stunts instead of supporting NSW industries and workers. The News wasn’t kind to him either using words like “missing in action”, “stunts” and “uncaring”.
Never takes long for Liberal State governments to start losing their shine and then you have the supporters wondering why their darling supposedly do no wrong Liberals get turfed out as happened with Kennett. Kennett was no surprise to those who were not one eyed Liberal ideologues, and you could see it coming in the term before.
O’Farrell is heading the same way and will be very lucky to win a third term at the current rate he’s racking up black marks and strings of failures.
MO, the cuts to Workers Compensation appears to be getting traction among those who show little interest in politics.
That along with NDIS.
The Can Do way or just what every Australian lived when Howard and Abbott ran the nations Health budget,
“Surgery on hold as Campbell Newman cost cuts slow major Queensland hospitals
QUEENSLAND’S biggest hospital is facing a $50 million budget cut while others have wound back critical elective surgery amid financial stress.
The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital will lose funding of almost $1 million a week while Metro North district faces an $80 million cut.
The cost-cutting comes as new figures show Queensland’s hospitals wound back elective surgery by as much as 19 per cent last month.”
How quickly Australians have forgotten the massive injection of funds that were needed and delivered, by the incoming Labor govt in 2007, to save our hospitals from collapse. Still Howard had a large surplus that the Coalition still long for and Abbott is determined to get back to. Abbott has at least declared that cuts will have to be made to get back the surplus, and cuts to public health is something he knows.
ABC 24 PM giving a interview.
Another ‘Jacksonville’ by Peter Wicks.
Thanks Eddie. I like the work Wixxy is doing. Many right-wingers don’t, which is a fair indication he must be asking the right questions.
One thing I like about Wixxy is he refuses to engage with trolls.
It’s good sense.
I didn’t know were to add his link to.Do u know any blogs I can also add link to,Miglo?
Hi Eddie. You can try the links in our Blogroll.
O’Farrell got a bit of a pasting on the 7.30 Report. One a side swipe on him not doing anything about the abuse and cover up of abuse by the Catholic Church in NSW when another State is.
Dempster also hoed into the minister and O’Farrell on their reluctance to bring in a State wide scheme to cut alcohol fuelled violence that has proven successful in a Newcastle trial with the intimation by Dempster that O’Farrell is in the pockets of the Clubs and Pubs as they were significant in getting him into power.
By the way the police are asking that something be done as the alcohol fuelled violence late at night is out of hand.
Yet another thing O’Farrell was quick to get media attention on when in opposition and now he’s nowhere to be seen as he swans around getting media attention for stunts and fluff pieces.
ME, nice to see someone at the ABC is taking their job seriously for a change and putting the pressure on the Liars Party instead of spinning them out of trouble.
I believe someone (I forget who) commented on O’Farrell’s abandonment of the very successful Labor youth intervention scheme, citing lack of money, while simultaneously cutting state taxes on big gambling and giving them other concessions.
So much for their banging on about having to make savings. They neglect to mention that the “savings’ are nothing to do with reducing the mythical “debt”, but to hand over to their mates in big gambling etc. And the rest can go to hell!
Yes, they will learn that money spent on welfare, leads to money saved.
Welfare should be made up of two components.
One that provides a safety net under the disadvantaged and the vulnerable.
One that aims at prevention. Ensuring that people have the wherewithal not to slip down that slope to destruction and disadvantage.
Education, training and health, in many ways, can be used as assisting welfare.
Yes, it saves money for a government to ensure the welfare system is adequate .
It is not spending and changing programmes without proper research but on the grounds of ideology that cost money and creates waste.
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Closing fire stations ‘risk to community’
$70 million from Fire and Rescue services! How can that be justified, especially since Fire and Rescue fought hard against the previous Labor government to get increased funding?
Now all those hard fought gains are wiped out and more is taken away at the stroke of stuntman O’Farrell’s pen.
What is it with Liberal governments that they savagely make cuts to the areas where the most social and community good is enacted but don’t have any trouble giving huge chunks of tax payers money to well off vested lobby groups and big private enterprises.
check out this article. has the NSW govt conspired to STOP Armidale hospital getting federal govt funding from the Health and Hospital Fund during the regional round. Windsor is on the case but it makes you wonder if the NSW govt would prefer it if Windsor’s voters appeared to miss out on funding from the minority govt Windsor assisted into govt. Anything to assist Torbay over Windsor, methinks
That’s the Liberals in a nutshell. Cannot win on honesty and integrity so resort to the worst of underhanded tactics to undermine the opposition and feather their own nests.
Also says a lot about their supporters that allows this type of behaviour from their Party to go on, and more than that, openly endorse and cheer it on.
This just on the ABC website on James Ashby.
Chinese investment OK for Barry. By the way, Barry is considering putting off the sales until after the Federal elections. Believe they might be more valuable if there is no carbon tax, Has ask for a study to be done into this aspect. It could be, due to the uncertainty, the return in the sale might be lower.
Looks as though Queenslanders believe thier Premier when he says the State is broke. Queenslanders are so worried they are not buying new homes and with all those public servants being sacked, some more ho,mes may come on the for sale market.
“Optimism fades as new home sales plunge
Queensland builders may have expected a revival in the housing sector, but they have been left shocked and dismayed at the 21 per cent slump in new home sales over the June quarter.
New house sales fell 11 per cent in Queensland in the month of June and 21.1 per cent over the June quarter, according to the latest seasonally adjusted figures released by the Housing Industry Association yesterday.
Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/business/property/optimism-fades-as-new-home-sales-plunge-20120731-23cct.html#ixzz22BJc00WI
And this story was before the latest 2000 sackings were announced
“Job cuts leave Brisbane’s CBD businesses hurting and carparks empty
HUGE cutbacks to Queensland’s public service are draining Brisbane’s CBD, leaving entire floors of carparks empty and retailers struggling to stay open.
People aren’t going to see that lawyer or architect or engineer, and they’re not going to government offices because there’s no new projects happening,” Mr Knight said. “It all dominoes right through the economy.”
National Retail Association spokesman Gary Black said CBD retailers had been doing it tough since late 2009 and many were now on death row.
“You would expect the public service job cuts to have some impact (on retailers),” he said.”
Oh dear what a shame. And one other thing to think about when the statistics say 4400 full time equivalent job cuts, it doen’t take into account the actual numbers of workers involved.
Sue, heard on ABC news that business owners in central Brisbane was complaining about the lack of customers. It appear the car parks in nearby business premises are half empty because of the number of PS sacked.
Does anyone yet have a number that are to go in NSW and Queensland. Are the numbers still a secret. Can do seems to be talking a bout 20.000. That is a lot of workers.
Sorry Sue, did not see the second story. Was going to write earlier but did not get around to it.
yes i heard about it this morning, but was busy earlier. it was only on reading about the extra 2000 jobs that i remembered. What i found slightly odd was one of the first published comments, where the person was happy that all those now ex-public servants won’t be wasting time shopping. Shows the stupidity of the idealists who think sacking people won’t affect the economy. There is going to be a lot of pain for small businesses.
How fucked is this.
Newman is giving $80 million to the greyhound industry.
Nothing to disabilities, has just crippled the transport system with cutbacks and has caused more unemployment in a single swipe than the GFC did.
MO, how many go to the dogs now, I say that coming from a family where my grand dad owned dogs.
I do not seem to know many now that even go to the TAB.
I suspect it is a dying industry.
It is not about being able to afford. It is about making priorities.
I still cannot comprehend how putting people out of work leads to a better economy and a balanced budget.
All I see is reduced receipts that out do the expenditures that believe they save.
I love the one of cutting rail service staff, to be replaced with police and security.
Like the club that cuts back in bar staff, that leads to poorer services, angry drinkers, that is solved by putting on the same number of security. boffins.
Would have been better to leave the bar staff and good service in place, that led to happy people..
TV news here in S.A. with leadership destabilising stories about our local liberal opposition leader Isobel Redmond. The usual stuff if you disregard that for once it’s not the ALP. I’m not well versed but I’d thought Redmond, with the aid of the usual partisan media, was doing a depressingly competent job of sliding into government next time round. My gut feeiling is that, with big wins on their radar, the national liberal controllers are purging anyone but the total bastards. I don’t know which corner of the party Redmond’s from but her public persona is by & large what was once known as “wet”, at least that’s the way I read it.
Good point, Bob. The only problem I have with it personally is that based on your logic, Abbott doesn’t look like being challenged at the national level. His saving grace is that he’s a total bastard.
Being a broad brush hater of things liberal I don’t know much about the finer details. It seems to me that when given unfettered power the bastard right of the liberals takes aim at what are risibly called “moderates” (risibly indeed considering Whiney P comes into this category). Howard’s efforts in state N.S.W. spring to mind.
This does have unfortunate implications at a federal level. I think that while Abbott’s winning he’ll be kept in his present position as his natural bastardry seems to be working. He’d make an effective punch out artist for those who called the shots at a policy level. Howard thought so.
But this gets back to a morbidly interesting question; who’d call the shots if he were PM? Initially, & for a time, I think he would. Hero & all that. But this could only last so long as the consequences of his decisions bit. My overall opinion (most days) is that he’d be allowed to amuse himself picking fights while the serious money outside the party made the decisions.
The only certanty that I see is that he’d need money & lots of it.
Sue @5.18pm, I read the comments (all 201) on that story. I was gobsmacked at the number of commenters who kept banging on about the cost of parking in Brisbane and how sacking public servants will make parking cheaper.
Then there was the general wah wah about how lazy public servants are by the ignorant and how brilliant it will be when tens of thousands of them are sacked, which will save bazillions of taxpayers money.
Obviously these morons have never considered that the public servants getting the chop will be nurses, cops and firies who are not at the top of the salary tree.
One sacked PS who was paid $85/hr had been rehired @$250/hr and was giggling. Believe it or not, there was a sizable number of financial geniuses who reckoned this was a brilliant stroke.
Sounds like a Milo Minderbinder deal to me, but accordijng to the barrackers it made good economic sense to sack and then rehire someone at 3x their former salary. apparently the money to pay this salary was coming from the sky.
And then there were the doom sayers who claim the whole country is in recession.
Needless to say, the barrackers think Newman is a financial genius. i wonder if they’ll still think so when they start losing their jobs.
CU, some of the commenters were gleefully talking about a further 20,000 job cuts in the PS, by the economic giant running the state. One commenter warned about the multiplier effect, but was largely ignored.
These twats don’t seem to have the wit to understand that one unemployed person can have a flow on effect for up to 10 others. Oh well, when they lose their jobs, they might realise what it means.
Bob, I thought she was doing an O’Barrell-keeping a low profile. Too low, it seems. I don’t know that the Liars will just walk in as more depressing evidence about the incompetence of the Liars state governments starts to waft about.
Some how when I hear PS being put down, I wonder if some believe they are inhuman species that only role is to soak up taxes with giving nothing in return.
The likes of the three Coalition premiers are not sacking people, they are taking away services that one relies on.
These leaders still intend to spend your hard earned taxes, just not on the services you rely on.
Maybe Miglo can give us his view from that of the humble PS.
These hated people are those that :-
teach your children
nurse your babies
make the trains run on time
clean away your filth
drive that ambulance
turn up id the fire engine
ensure the house you buy does not belong to anyone else
police your suburb
ensure regular water supply
the list goes on and on and on
yes and they treat that sewerage that flows from your pipes
I believe that in Howard’s day, and Costello’s assistance the city of Canberra was nearly bought to a standstill and near bankruptcy.
Latest in Queensland. Order by the government to literally ignore agreements. Was ordered by the IR court to consult.
In other words, they will do as they like.
Thanks to Jenny M for this little piece:
One has to get one’s priorities right..
But let’s dine like Paris Hilton..
We have the Opposition whining about a few job losses. At the same time we have their like in the three major states, sacking PS in tens of thousands,
Why is a PS job of lesser value than those in the private sector.
We will now hear of the terrible FWA and the rise in in disputes. By the way caused by the actions of premiers ignoring workers tights, and naught to do with FWA.
The Opposition does not have a ideology stand on IR laws.
Migs @11.54am 1/8, This is the same O’Barrell who was crying poormouth about sharing the funding of the NDIS. I bet there’s a few disabled people who wouldn’t have minded having a meal at Paris Hilton’s favourite eatery.
CU @5.00pm, the private sector will feel the impact of PS sackings soon enough. The irony is that now Can’t do has confessed that he didn’t need to sack all those people, but that he would have had to impose a wage freeze on PS employees and POLITICIANS if he hadn’t axed them.
And that says it all really. He obviously couldn’t give a toss about either the people whose lives he’s wrecking as long as he and his fellow oinkers have their undeserving snouts planted firmly in the public money trough.
And it shows in spades how little he understands ANYTHING about how to manage an economy. And just like all his fellow gobsmackingly ignorant, duplicitous Liars Party cohorts, he thinks his stupid plan will reflect badly on the PM.
BSA Bob, I reckon that O’Barrell and Newman’s appalling performance will give all but rusted on barrackers a very nasty case of heartburn and make it much harder for Redmond and Liealot to sail under the radar or be seen as honest or credible.
Can’t Do promised hand-on-heart that he would not do precisely what he IS doing, As, I believe, O’Barrell did. I’d say that their performance will ensure that Liealot will wear the backlash.
The lost of twenty thousand workers leads to the lost of twenty thousand customers.
Migs Jane and CU, I posted this little ditty on TPS, Abbott and the Goebbels factor, yesterday, called “King can but WON’T do Camp Bell” under my other blog name “Truth Seeker”
Thought it might be pertinent here as well.
He won the poll he beat the odds
And rode the wave of victory sweet
“I’m humbled”, he said, “by your trust in me”
Then he humbly scoffed at Blighs defeat
“We’ll be more transparent” was his pledge
As he sought to bypass the watchdogs role
Then employed Costello, his liberal mate
To fudge the books, to support his goal
To slash and burn the public sector
Sacking all that he could see
Cutting funding to hospitals
And support for disability
He said “I’m sorry if this causes pain
But cos of debt this needs to be.
Go whinge to those that lost their seats,
It’s all their fault…you can’t blame me.”
As Mayor of Brissy, his mates got rich
And his family business truly thrived
And though his stage is bigger now
His nepotism’s kept alive
The legacies from his Mayoral tenure
Expensive bikes and the great Clem seven
And now he’ll visit this upon us
In his own sad version of right wing heaven
So for those who wish to see our country
In the incompetent hands of the rabid right
Then look to Baillieu, O’Farrell and Newman
And ponder on our country’s plight.
For all these “leaders?”…. lies and backflips
Are their proven stock in trade
Supported by self serving interests
With billions they’ve already made
So open eyes and ears and minds
To what is really being said
Ignore the slogans and the spin
Or by the nose you will be led
To hand the keys of this great nation
To the Abbott’s vacuous team
To rape and pillage our economy
And realise a nightmare… from the dream.
Skeptical, brilliant! I love it.
Migs and CU , happy to contribute to another great site.
Shhhhhhhh don’t tell Tony Abbott but Barry O’Farrell is considering selling power infrastructure to the Chinese, the state-owned.companies that is.
“The NSW Liberal government is devising a plan to attract greater foreign investment in the state’s assets that will see more than $40 billion worth of infrastructure assets made available to Chinese state-owned companies,”
“One 26 July 2012 Nationals MP for Clarence Chris Would I Lie To You? Gulaptis told The Daily Examiner that there are no plans to sell poles and wires as part of the O’Farrell Government’s plan to fully privatize the NSW power industry.
Yet government is in the process of consolidating all poles and wires networks into a single corporation and, on 26 October last year the Premier told a Budget Estimates committee hearing that there had been no election promise to retain poles and wires in public ownership.”
I get the feeling Can’t do is either too moronic or just doesn’t give a sh*t because he thinks he’ll never be voted out. Judging by the comments I’ve been reading, he’d be wise to pull his head in.
Horses vs Nurses
As goes Newman so goes Abbott, but at a national level it will be devastating.
ME, we had the dogs, now the horses. Wonder what will be next,
Huge handouts to the pokies of course, as O’Farrell did in NSW when cutting services.
I see that Newman has stuffed up so many press interviews he like Abbott has cut back on them and only does ones with set pieces then cuts them short if they questioning goes outside the known pieces.
Also Newman is going to charge the media $33,000 to report from Queensland parliament.
He has lots to hide methinks and already sees the writing on the wall of not being in it for the long haul.
The HUN having a go at Newman.
Qld govt acting like ‘reverse Robin Hood’
I used to say that where goes O’Farrell there will go Abbott but on a bigger scale.
I take that back and will change it to where goes Newman there will go Abbott but on an enormous scale.
Newman sure is hell bent on being a one man wrecking ball of not only Queensland but of the LNP brand.
Local grassroots backlash against Newman growing, the very people who voted him in after only a few months are not happy with his stewardship.
Political commentators saying he’s clueless and doesn’t know policy outside of what he thinks will make make good media opinion.
In terms of destructiveness, it would be difficult to outdo this one..on Campbell Newman’s intention to dismantle BreastScreen Queensland.
I’m certain we’ll see the same with Abbott. You can bet London to a brick on that.
Queensland is being destroyed in order to save it.
There are federal implications here.
The joint doesn’t need saving, at least that’s the opinion in most other lands.
I wonder if Abbot will call on Costello to do a hatchet job on the books as Newman did?http://s1.wp.com/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_wink.gif?m=1129645325g
sorry about the link!
Nothing is more certain Skeptical.
And what a hatchet job it was. There are several online all over it and the errors, double accounting and misleading figures can only be deliberate or Costello has always been the economic dunderhead he was called out for when he was Treasurer.
And the most telling thing is of Newman telling overseas investors (the ones Abbott wants to clamp down on) how great Queensland is and giving them one set of figures whilst giving the Queenslanders the bogus Costello ones, and they’re nothing alike on the same items.
This is the type of government conservative supporters condone and they will do the same for Abbott as he screws up and fudges the figures and economy.
One of my favourite quotes about Costello…
Ross Gittins, The Age, 14 May 2005
Although, ME, he doesn’t really need Costello as he already has the completely incompetent Hockey on board.
On second thoughts though hockey is so incompetent that I doubt that he could fudge the books as much as completely screw them.
The Liberals all seem to be heading in the same direction..
From En Passant..
Just watched QandA, and despite Tony Jones’s efforts saw King Camp Bell and Brandis get an absolute flogging.
The truth of Costello’s audit fudging and the bloody minded LNP cuts revealed for the Bullshit that they are.
One questioner asked the same question that you asked, if Newmans style could be a taste of what to expect if Abbott gets into government, and despite Brandis’s efforts to state otherwise, the overwhelming reaction from the tweets and the audience indicated that many are asking the same question.
Katie Noonan finished with a beautiful song.
Worth watching for a change
I enjoyed QandA tonight. I do not think Brandis enjoyed the experience.
I love the cando and willdo quips.
I like the finished,, when the song for Queensland was Highway to Hell.
If Labor is on the nose in the northern state, the audience did not back up that belief.
What was also a pleasure to see that most condemned the treatment our PM gets. Of course Brandis did not agree.
enpassant didn’t mention the environmental destruction Newman has unleashed like allowing unfettered development of Gladstone Harbour, which is a heritage listed area and feeds onto the GBR.
And his recent announcement of allowing unfettered development of Cape York Peninsula and the canning of the Wild Rivers act.
Seems Newman is determined to enact as much destruction across Queensland and to Queensland in as short a time as possible.
I think he will try a Jeff Kennett and be savage now and get all the unpopular stuff through this first term then at the next election, knowing he has such a large number of seats, will promise to be more benevolent in his second term and may even put a fraction back of what he took away, But like Kennett, and unless Queenslanders are less political savvy than Victorians, then Newman will be quickly gone.
Baillieu looks like being a one term wonder and O’Farrell thought he could sail through by engaging in lots of media stunts and being a small do nothing target, but that might be failing.
Though Barnett is also a failing Liberal premier I’m not certain how he’s standing in WA, but he’s certainly broken many of promises and not fixed the things he said he would, which so far has been the same for the other Liberal Premiers.
It appears that Cando is ridding the state of all NGO as well as PS.
Mobius, over in WA it was always the wealth crazed pr*ck theme..we’re all a’goin’ to be rich. West Australians are now a wake up that the major beneficiaries are the mega miners and the fly in/fly out workers. The evidence for the gloom is the fall in house prices with the majority of people realizing that they are not going to be making a motza on the mining boom.
CU, Q&A was quite a revelation. Can’t Do is well on the nose judging by the audience. Not too many were buying into the bullshit that to restore an economy you have to wreck it. In fact most seemed unconvinced that Qld is in all that much trouble.
Can’t Do is turning out to be a great publicity agent for the ALP. I thought it would take a little longer for disillusion to set in, but good ol’ Can’t Do has delivered much faster than even I thought.
D’you think he’s secretly an ALP plant?
I read at TPS, that Can’t Do’s ratings have fallen 9% in his seat, which if an alection were held today would mean the LNP government would be wiped out. However, an election won’t be held for some considerable time.
I don’t think all the people Can’t Do is chucking out of work will feel very warmly toward him come the next election, nor the disabled and their carers, hospital staff and all the other workers he’s destroying.
Min, seems reality strikes in Gina’s home town.
Even if an election were held today……:oops:
The Queensland government will stop funding the Heart Foundation’s popular walking program.
The program costs $700,000 over three years and supports about 5000 walkers each year.
Sport and Recreation Minister Steve Dickson says he will stop funding the program at the end of the year.
He blamed the previous government for failing to provide a proper funding stream for the program.
Oh failing to provide a proper funding stream for a beneficial program is solved by stopping the funding completely instead of fixing the funding stream.
This Queensland State government will only be surpassed in comedic ineptitude by a National Abbott one.
And thank you to the good folk of Ashgrove..
What does one say..not that long ago I had to explain to a JP that there was a difference between federal and state legislation..
More broken promises.
Read more: http://www.news.com.au/money/money-matters/barrys-rip-off-a-1bn-broken-power-promise/story-e6frfmd9-1226448236998#ixzz23Ko3NXuF
Miglo, was reading the article on the tele, the comments section is quite interesting, most are against the Liberal Govt and blaming O’barrel for the problem, some blaming the carbon price but not that many.
It’ll be interesting to see if Anal Jones calls BoF a liar.
AJ is a fully paid up full time liberal, a true blue blood.
I have no doubt just before the next Federal election Newman will promise to be generous in his 2014 State budget and he will ease up in next year’s budget, all of a sudden finding out that things aren’t as bad as the fudged Costello audit indicated.
Kennett did a similar thing, but apart from throwing out some crumbs, reneged on that commitment whilst swanning it up with the elite and giving generous concessions to the casino and wealthy mates. The people didn’t fall for his promise of benevolence a second time though and booted him out.
Conservative State governments are unbelievably predicable in the way they do business, and then wonder why they are replaced with long term average performing Labor governments.
ME, the flaw I see in your prediction, is the fact because of the actions taken by eastern seaboard Premiers, the economy will be in dire state, as they are predicting.
One cannot cut so rashly and without a justifiable reason, without destroying what we have now.
For every action, there is a reaction.
Cutting expenditure in this way, leads to waste and reduction in receipts.
It will also harm the federal economy in the process.
Much of government spending,, especially that of the states, save money, not the reverse.
This is true in such areas as health, education and affordable housing.
More true in providing infrastructure needed for future industry and business.
Fudging the thin blue line numbers
O’Farrell has gone missing for a bit and this maybe why.
As yet another home was sprayed by bullets last night in what is tragically becoming a way to frequent occurrence in NSW. it seems the police numbers are being fudged in yet another in a long line of O’Farrell broken promises.
Increased police numbers was one thing O’Farrell went very hard on when in opposition and throughout the election campaign, and now he’s fudging it.
And ask yourself why so many officers were being moved to a new transport command and away from crime areas. What brings in revenue and what doesn’t?
Ask yourself why O’Farrell has bought in more speed cameras, not less as he promised and something he heavily railed against in opposition. What brings in revenue?
All signs the O’Farrell government is not doing well fiscally.
South East NSW very angry at O’Farrell’s broken promise of reducing red tape, instead facing increased complexity in red tape. They are being very vocal and they overwhelmingly voted for O’Farrell.
Bit by bit the Liberal States are unraveling as not only do they continue to break promise after promise but also fail to deliver basic good governance.
Same as they did back in the mid 1990’s, saving Mr. Keating’s bacon, and Hewson losing the unlosable election.
O’Barrel cutting community funding, this will cut deep to the bone.
Community welfare groups face big cuts to vital funds
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/community-welfare-groups-face-big-cuts-to-vital-funds-20120815-2494r.html#ixzz23cysWXN8
Newman wants his 20,000 public servant job sackings by July 2013. The consequences of the sackings on regional Qld is high lighted in this article.
I just wonder how the electoral chances of Labor will be by July 2013, just in time for the federal election. And the big question will Tony Abbott want Cando Campbell by his side as he travels around Qld?
Sue, perhaps it will look something like this..
The self serving swingers of Ashgrove must be soooo proud. 👿 😳 🙄
Skeptical, youngest daughter Erin and partner R* live in Ashgrove. 😀 The good news is that the good folk of Ashgrove know when they’ve made a mistake and the latest poll indicates that Campbell Newman would lost his seat…
**Disclaimer: No Min relative has ever voted for Howard (well, maybe a 2nd cousin) nor for Campbell Newman.
On the news that ex- premier Bligh was moving to Sydney, I heard Cando Campbell say that many Queenslanders would have loved to run Bligh out of Queensland.
Has this little man have no grace, or is this as good as it gets from Cando. For Queensland’s sake I hope they never have the devastating floods plus cyclone, while Newman is in charge. I doubt he could cope.
And if running Bligh out of Queensland is a wide held belief, don’t come asking for help if you do face multiple disasters.
Maybe Bligh does not want to stay around to see the state destroyed.
Nah the Liberals are not controlled by big business and vested interests, putting their needs ahead of the health and welfare of ordinary citizens.
James Packer visited NSW parliament today ahead of the opposition parties seeking to remove the exemption for high rollers in the casino being allowed to smoke.
The Liberal government is going to keep the exemption.
O’Farrell trashes 400 year old right to silence
How come it’s the right wingers who cry nanny state, government control, big government etc. against Labor but it’s Liberal governments who take away rights, bring in draconian oppressive laws, build big governments and bring in many of the nanny laws?
But they’re not “nanny laws” if you’re handing public money over to the wealthy, ME, ‘cos they work hard and should be rewarded by encouraging them to stick their bloated snouts in the welfare trough.
Min, by self serving swingers, I was referring to swinging voters, I know that King Camp Bell did not romp it in in Ashgrove, and from what I heard the sitting ALP member was a good local member.
I can say that even in our blue ribbon LNP seat in SEQ, there are some whisperings of discontent with Newman.
He must be going for some sort of record for most despised in the least amount of time.
I think he’ll get it. 👿
With thanks to Jenny M for the link..
Which I should remember to put in…
Is Mr Abbott taking note?
Note taken. Thirty-Year Plan For Queensland = obliteration of last 30 years of progress + frustration of next 30 years salvage/rebuild from wreckage = intergenerational attack on republic = minarchist idyll = golden age of public austerity + platinum age of neoliberal privatisation.
and he has not even bought a budget in yet.
He probably won’t need one, Cu. He’s cutting all services and public jobs.
Big O’Farrell backdown on something he’s been passionate on for a long time and promised he would implement in government, cracking down on graffiti. Shooters Party wouldn’t back it but O’Farrell rolled over and wimped like an Abbott.
O’Farrell again did a runaway, like an Abbott, and left a minister to confront the press over his backdown.
Saw O’Farrell in action in NSW parliament for the first time and what an arrogant arsehole. Right wing leaders sure are ungracious in both winning and losing that’s for sure.
Come back Joh all is forgiven.
Mobius..we don’t need Joh we already have a number of his incarnations…
Come back Joh all is forgiven.
Wash your mouth out ME 👿
Joh’s current incarnations are still apprentices Min – give them time though…
Bacchus, any suggestions on what Mo should wash his mouth out with? 😉
Have to be Bundy.
But it’s only for washing the mouth out.
given the gravity of the “sin”, metho & vinegar or
Don’t laugh, Bacchus, but I was at Dan Murphy’s the other day and noticed someone pay $5 for two bottles of red.
He must have been from interstate.
With peanuts and scones.
Rinse and swallow, rinse and swallow, rinse and swallow.
Rum with peanuts and scones 😯
Bacchus, it must be a navy thing. 😉
Bacchus – bleech!
Disclaimer – I have a nut allergy
The latest in Queensland. Cut to the body that oversees child protection.
Are there any public services left in Queensland?
Imagine the pressure this must put the Commonwealth Government under.
What it the biggest scandal, many like the NGO would not save the budget that much money.
I can only assume it is more about ideology than saving money.
No stunts today
Barry O’Farrell’s Health Minister lies to Armidale on federal hospital funding.
“NSW HEALTH blocked a $50 million funding application to the Federal Government for the redevelopment of Armidale Hospital, according to documents obtained under Freedom of Information.
Federal Member for New England Tony Windsor made the Freedom of Information request in order to discover why the Armidale Hospital upgrade was not submitted to round four of the Commonwealth Government’s Health and Hospital Fund (HHF)
Health Minister Jillian Skinner told Parliament in September last year that the application was not lodged as the Commonwealth had not given HNEH the opportunity to resubmit.
Mrs Skinner made similar comments during a recent visit to Armidale.
“There was a submission put together for round three before I was the Minister,” she said. “The Commonwealth ruled that it didn’t meet the criteria for the fund and so it didn’t proceed. Other projects on that round didn’t meet the criteria either and they were invited to resubmit; this wasn’t.”
Mr Windsor accused Mrs Skinner of playing politics with the hospital redevelopment and said the public deserved answers.
“The people of Armidale deserve to know the truth about why the ball was dropped and by whom,” he said.
“Mrs Skinner and the NSW Government need to be held to account for their behaviour and I trust that all community representatives will pursue the truth.”
Possum is Twitting a lot about Queensland parliament. Apparently Newman is behaving like a petulant child as polls are coming in that show a large swing towards Labor. I’m not sure but I think there are also moves towards Labor Federally.
Newman is shirty having this pointed out to him so is throwing immature hissy fits.
He inferred public servants are dog shit.
A taste of Abbott to come if he gets into power. Newman State government introduced legislation to avoid Supreme Court considering unlawful directives.
That’s about as bad as it gets in undermining a democracy.
this in the story about Newman changing the laws to remove job security in current contracts
“Voters, as well as the Liberal National Party’s (LNP) major donor Clive Palmer, appear to have turned against the government and its jobs and services purge.
A ReachTel poll of 1200 Queenslanders, commissioned by the public service union, found on average 60 per cent thought the cuts had gone too far.
Only 38 per cent said they would put the LNP as their first preference, and 56 per cent said they were now less likely to vote for the party at the next election.
“These polls are a clear wake-up call for the government,” Mr Scott told reporters in Brisbane.
Mr Scott also confirmed rumours that Mr Palmer had approached the union to donate to its counselling and advice service for public servants whose jobs are cut.
Mr Palmer distanced himself further from the LNP on Thursday after a fortnight of public stoushes, announcing he would no longer seek preselection for the party in the next federal election.
The premier suggested Mr Palmer is the Labor Party’s “new best friend” and would start donating to them instead.
Apparently the Cando statement on doggy do is being attributed to Cando having a hangover. The wednesday night dinner for back benches had a lot of scotch flowing.
“The Queensland Premier’s performances of late have fallen well short of the standard he set for himself. Maybe it was the supposed late-night session on the scotch in Parliament’s Lucinda Bar on Wednesday that some were talking about
The next time Newman holds one of his regular dinners with backbenchers he might want to consider skipping the scotch.
Instead, a three-course meal of dignity, grace and humility needs to be on the Parliament menu.”
State Liberal governments just don’t stop their long term destruction do they?
Heard on the radio this morning on the back of the conservatives celebrating their win in the NT, with the reason being more complicated than they will admit, that according to a Newspoll support for and satisfaction in both Baillieu and O’Farrell has collapsed.
They said O’Farrell is in a good position no matter how much the people turn against his government because of his failures as he has such a massive majority, the largest swing in Australian history, that he can walk to the next election. I don’t give much hope for his chances after that, and that is if the State Libs keep him on as leader for his performance as Premier has been less than ordinary to say the least.
The State Premiers just keep on giving with their haste to bring in their ideology of small government, where all is handed over to the market system. Where it becomes the survival of the fittest. If one does not survive, that is the way it should be and bad luck.
It is little about budgeting. Ken Henry has pointed out, that government cannot continue with lowering taxes and trimming programmes, and deliver the responsibilities of government.
it is about making priories and what the voter expects from their governments.
It is not about being broke. It is not about not having the money. It is about what we should expect from out government.
That’s not ending big bureaucracy but just shoving it elsewhere.
And what happens with the outsourcing is that the government barely, if at all, reduces in size as it needs to oversight and manage the outsourcing whilst the private entities seek to gain as much public money for the least amount of work possible.
Kennett attempted, and in part succeeded, in handing off State government services to volunteers. As a veneer of acting for the good of the State he heavily promoted volunteering and gave token resources and support to it, but whilst he was doing that he was cutting real government services to the areas he was promoting for volunteer work.
Seems as though Baillieu will do a similar thing by handing out government services to private entities and those will be the ones who do it for the least amount of money, namely charities who rely on volunteers for a good deal of their work.
All for this blown out of all proportion excuse of having budget surpluses.
But Queensland is getting rid of the NGO and volunteers funding. I would like to know, who is to do the work. None I suspect.
This is pretty low. Armidale residents collateral damage in petty politics
NSW HEALTH blocked a $50 million funding application to the Federal Government for the redevelopment of Armidale Hospital, according to documents obtained under Freedom of Information.
Federal Member for New England Tony Windsor made the Freedom of Information request in order to discover why the Armidale Hospital upgrade was not submitted to round four of the Commonwealth Government’s Health and Hospital Fund (HHF).
Tom, me-thinks payback time the Libs versus the Indies.
I remember when leave loading came in. It has nothing to do with helping to pay for holidays. That is a furthy that the right is attempting to spread.
I was working in factories at the time. I was on the woman;s low wage.
For most of the year, we were doing up to twenty hours overtime, to make ends meet.
Why does a boss continue with overtime, penalty rates and not increase staff.
One and only reason, it is cheaper this way for them.
When we went on leave, our pay dropped to normal rates. Non of the3 overtime hours were taken into account.
That is why Annual Leave loading came into being. It was to alleviate an injustice.
Exactly right CU…
That is the award and the time. I t was not handed to us on silver platter either.
There were many stop works and a couple of strikes. On this one, the employers struck together.
Most penalty rates are there for good reasons, There was another fight at the time. That of equal pay. Sadly we still do not have that.
Some of us still remember, I see.
These rights were hard fought for. Why should one give them up without a fight.
Another difference today, is I believe in those days, wages were a greater percentage of their costs. Sometimes, the biggest. Not so today.
The employers could have demanded that the overtime and allowances be added up. The levy is what they agreed to. I assume that those working overtime and outside normal hours were still getting diddled.
How pathetic is Cando Campbell. His ego has taken a battering with the poll slump, so what does he do? He goes on the radio having a whinge that “a couple of weeks ago his wife was abused in a Subway shop over his job cuts”. What a pathetic attempt at sympathy!
Go on Cando have a cry, I am sure the listeners will “believe” you.
Oh and by the way, if true, are you sure it was the franchisee that saved your wife or maybe it was the franchisee doing the abuse. Afterall I am sure with all the sackings just maybe sandwich sales are dropping.
Tony Abbott did you here the one about your mate Campbell Newman. I expect you to go before the cameras and proclaim:
“THE Queensland Government will break a pre-election promise not to replace wild rivers protection of the historic Cooper Creek and Diamantina and Georgina rivers.
Mines Minister Andrew Cripps yesterday said he was investigating alternative strategies for the Lake Eyre Basin rivers.”
97th shooting in Sydney this year. This time two men shot dead in a quiet Western suburb.
News report was not kind to O’Farrell saying he’s in hiding and won’t come out to answer questions on the regular shootings in Sydney. One spokesperson was left to take the heat and circuitously blamed the Federal government for not curbing the number of firearms coming into the country.
O’Farrell’s hiding because he made a huge deal out of every shooting that happened when he was opposition leader. He went as far as to rant about the Labor State government losing control of the streets and the blood was on their hands.
Well the shootings and blood have exponentially increased under him, as has most crime statistics. So I guess he’s with his spin doctors attempting to make excuses and shift blame to the Federal and previous Labor government. It’s what conservative government’s do when they fail, which is often, announce responsibility but take none.
“dead in a quiet Western suburb.”
Indeed, one of the better streets in this suburbs. Very wide, but short. Lived there from the late 1950’s.
Many of the houses, on big blocks have been replaced by town houses.
Agree with the woman about cars do not travel slowly in the street. The wide retreat, and Tuttle hills seems to bring out the worse in drivers.
Queensland can-do ? glad i don’t live there.
We need a States of Destruction II.
A bit early for monument building …
Anyhow Newman is at it again. Breaking a major election promise and fiddling figures.
Anyone who can’t see that Abbott will be a Newman of a much grander must be ideologically blind. Turnbull has it sussed and the portents are all there with the opposition having already stated it will setup a Queensland style audit commission.
And Newman’s environmental destruction of Queensland continues apace.
7000 truckloads of rubbish heading our way
As an aside. I see the Right jumping in and defending or excusing Abbott at nearly every turn, often lying, throwing up straw men and look over there in their lame attempts, but rarely if at all do they jump in and defend the Liberal State governments. Neil made a half arsed attempt at defending O’Farrell once, but when the pile of lies became too much to fob off with the most feeble of excuses, he’s gave up.
Surprise, surprise 🙄
The two reports are available here:
Click to access QuigginAuditComm.pdf
Click to access Walker-Report_6Sep12.pdf
Beat me to it Bacchus. Was just about to post those links myself.
Newman is being heavily, and rightly, canned from several fronts at the moment. He has an IR minister that doesn’t understand the IR process and is screwing up basics and he’s giving reasons for sacking public servants that are not based on any sound logic or reasoning.
In other words Newman and his government are just making things up as they go.
But the stripping of Costello’s expertise in what was supposed to be a professional audit is dismayingly fascinating to read, and proves what most of us were saying about Costello throughout the Howard years.
But this episode of abecedarian hamartias from Newman is important for what it signifies at the Federal level.
Abbott, who it can be argued is every bit as imbecilic policy wise, is planning in following Newman’s footsteps with Hockey already flagging an audit commission was soon as they win government, and I for one would not be surprised if Costello was the one who undertook the audit.
Seems all liberals are trashing their own brand in an attempt to try and trash Labors brand.
Interesting how the media is finally starting to wake up to this? After ignoring it for so long
Tom I think, at least in part, that the sheer weight of online information out there being discussed and facts being thrown up make it difficult for the MSM to try to pull the wool over their subscribers eyes and to keep wrapping Abbott in cotton wool.
Now that would be a first; the media being swayed by public opinion instead of trying to control it.
Trapped in the travelling circus that is Sydney
Well O’Farrell promised to fix this and instead he’s going to do… well nothing, at least not for such a long time it has become meaningless and in the meantime he’s going to slug New South Wales with new taxes and levies to pay for something that is so far away that most will be lucky if their yet to be procreated grand kids will see a fraction of it.
The thing is this has got to be one of the greatest disappointments of a new government in a long long time. In opposition O’Farrell or one of his cronies was almost daily on TV, the radio or in the press going on about how bad transport is and lambasting Labor at every turn, for every traffic jam, every major accident, every train delay, every bus breakdown and every ferry kerfuffle.
He then went into the election going heavy on transport and how he would fix it. He wasn’t a Newman Can-do but an O’Farrell Will-fixit. Instead like Newman really turning out to be a No-do or Can’t-do, O’Farrell has turned out to be Won’t-fixit or Can’t-fixit.
Failure doesn’t get close to describing the O’Farrell government and O’Farrell himself.
OMG, the Campbell Newman government has got something right..
The first home buyers grant’s original intention was to not only provide assistance in purchasing one’s first home, but to encourage NEW homes to be built. However, the latter never happened and the grant was never changed to reflect this.
Another broken promise in NSW as the list of them must be reaching record proportions.
The independent price regulator has recommended Ferry fare increase 20% over four years because of improvements to the service.
Now O’Farrell promised there would be no rises above CPI. It was another of his strident promises.
Today out steps his transport minister whilst the up until now O’Farrell is feigning outrage elsewhere (explained later in this post). And then the broken promise segued perfectly from the IPART recommendation, my bold.
“NSW Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian said the government would not support such steep fare increases or deregulation of the Manly ferry route.”
Good that was what was promised.
“The government has been clear on fares for ferry customers – we will not increase fares above CPI unless services improve,” Ms Berejiklian said in a statement.
Hang on that wasn’t in the original promise made by O’Farrell. And double hang on, what did IPART just say, “…because of improvements to the service”.
So people you can bet your bottom dollar at least a 20% fare rise coming up in November in yet another O’Farrell broken promise that he will rewrite history on.
As to where the up until now missing O’Farrell was.
Almost daily shootings, frequent stabbings and deaths and injuries due to criminal activities O’Farrell is missing in action. After all it was his second most favoured attack point against the previous government after transport. His missing in action was beginning to make the media and voila out comes O’Farrell, all outraged, all aghast and demanding that the Federal government immediately take action over the greatest crime to befall this country the way he was carrying on.
So what has him so riled he had to come out of hiding to vent his rage?
Regular shootings, sometimes causing death. No.
The frequent stabbings and bashings also occasionally causing death. No
Rapes, break-ins, robberies, muggings, domestic violence, child abuse. No, no, no, no, no. no.
The unnecessary deaths in the hospital system he promised to fix but has gotten worse. No.
The road system he so often attacked in opposition that is daily getting much worse. No
The crumbling public transport system that was his pet attack point. No.
He was outraged at Twitter trolls because one tiny minded arsehole had dared abuse a rugby league footballer.
Yes it was bad and deserved condemnation, but of all the things that got you in front of the media to rail in outrage, a Twitter troll? Please get your priorities into order O’Farrell, you are currently a disgrace as a Premier.
Queensland’s $652M surplus came at the cost of 14,000 public sector jobs. Well done. NOT.
Government caves in to mining and energy lobby (PDF)
Yet they continue to perpetuate the myth that conservative governments and the Nationals are better for rural areas than Labor ones, when history shows this is not the case.
Yes, can do is still in the business of giving out goodies without any targeting and means testing. I suspect, the aim here is to break the PS and their unions. Comment made, that it would not affect the unemployment figures. Interesting how they are going to get the work done. Farmed out to the private sector, I suspect. I expect a blow out in contract workers.
The miners have inform him, he could send mining into the ground. The so called dreaded MRRT is based on profits. Mining royalties are not.
That is why many actually supported Rudd, then Gillard. They would like to see royalties discarded.
Barry O’Farrell has cut $1.7 billion over four years from education. Yep, that figure is correct, $1.7 billion. The biggest cuts to NSW education in over 20 years, and no guess what party cut that deep last time.
But again we see how cowardly the Liberal leaders are, Abbott top and foremost of course.
Three days ago O’Farrell swanning around opening a water slide.
Yesterday angrily railing against online trolls.
Today, no media could find him anywhere, and they weren’t happy about that.
His education minister had to face the firing line and even he wimped out and ran away as soon as the questions got a little in depth.
Are Liberal ministers trained in this tactic, running away.
On another attack on O’Farrell the media had a go at the trains overcrowding, something O’Farrell promised to fix.
One media commentator even said that he thinks O’Farrell is doing this now hoping people will forget by the next election.
Labor builds. Coalition demolishes.
Yep and Liberals dumb down the population in the belief that they can pull the wool over under educated voters.
After the last savage cuts by a State Liberal government it took well over a decade to build up the education and skills level to a low base level. All gone again and it will take much more than a decade to undo the damage again.
All for the myth of the holy grail of a surplus. That was O’Farrell’s words, we must get the budget back in the black.
Doesn’t matter that it destroys the State for that short sighted goal, but that’s the Liberals for you.
Cu, from your link,
Ok Mr Piccoli, then where are the savings going to be coming from? Clearly if education spending in NSW is to be slashed by $1.7 billion then this must mean something..but what is it? Does it mean bigger class sizes (teachers lose their jobs), less variety of subjects taught (teachers lose their jobs), cutbacks on special teachers/teachers aids for the disabled (people lose their jobs).
Will Newman end up not getting federal health funding and help wayne with the budget?
“Dig into the health budget out-years and you can see where Tim Nicholls is saving his money. While the overall health budget will continue to grow, the state will actually spend less money on health and hospitals.
Ironically, the magic pudding is actually Kevin Rudd’s health reform money. In 2011-12, the state estimates it will appropriate $11.223 billion for Queensland Health. In 2012-13, it will appropriate only $9.107 billion. Instead of increasing health outcomes in line with the 2010 health and hospitals reforms, Queensland is taking the extra money from Canberra and banking the savings. As I read it, that might even be a breach of the National Health Reform Agreement that the states signed up to in 2011.”
Sue, I suspect some premiers may be in for a rude awakening, Attacking schools and health does not appear wise to me.
Garrett said that he had a hook-up with state education ministers on Friday. All said they were willing to get on board with Gonski. On Tuesday, they cut. Does not make sense.
Personally, I believe that the present system of funding doers not work. States are responsible for basic services. The4y should also be responsible for raising the money. What I believe, the states should be handed back their personal income taxing powers, they gave to the Federal government during the great war.
The Federal government should get out the area of funding states altogether. This is the way, the Founding Fathers meant the Constitution to work..
Income tax is at least a progressive tax, unlike most others, such as GST, which is regressive.
If this was not possible, we need to look at more aggressive solutions, such as getting rid of the states altogether, and upgrading local government, who act as a arm or agency of the Federal government in providing basic services.
I believe the way our political has evolved, has led to it being broken. What has evolved, is the Federal controlling the money that the states have access too, while the states being responsible for providing the services. It has led to a duplication of much of government. It has led to waste.
Not many see things as I do.
Personally, I would like to see the states to survive, as they were originally seen in the Constitution.
Swan apparently told Queensland that increased mining royalties will equal reductions in federal grants. He must follow through on this threat and when he announces it produce the documentation to support the case – before Newman does a bit of good old Canberra bashing (and don’t you worry about that!)
Only in Liberal pollie land is this true.
First it was O’Farrell.
$1.7 billion cut from education is… wait for it, an increase in spending for education.
Yep, you read that right. His reasoning goes that since he got into power he increased spending in education by a percent or so and in the next budget he will increase it by another percent or so. So if you completely ignore the $1.7 billion cut from education and just look at the annual percentage increases, I have increased spending on education.
Right out of the John Howard book of claiming cut backs as increases.
Not to be outdone, none other than fiscally challenged Newman.
According to him today he has increased funding to health… wait for it… using the same Howard and now O’Farrell method of counting. Ignore the cuts and only count the increase I put into the budget that I will increase every year.
Hang on Barry, hang on Campbell, you both have just cut a huge swath from those departments, so much that a piddling increase each year will take decades to make up for the huge amount taken away.
Didn’t we tell you to ignore the cut?
In a brain fart of stunning magnitude our S.A. opposition leader Isobel Redmond spent some of today throwing around numbers outlining the total of public service jobs that would go under a state liberal government. On the television she was with figures equating to roughly a 25% cut in the state public service. To be done within a few years. She’s since contacted media outlets to explain it’s not policy or anything like that, why bless you no she was just answering questions incorrectly. The numbers, it seems, don’t mean a thing even though she spent a fair amount of time reciting them. Dadaist poetry perhaps.
As I type this, some liberal minder is sinking drink after drink, wailing “Why?? WHY????”.
” Campbell Newman’s detractors call him that (Noddy) for his perceived resemblance to the Enid Blyton character as well as his misadventures, such as an expedition he led across the Tanami Desert, in northern Australia, in which his party had no fewer than 199 flat tyres.” – The Age, Nov 18, 2007.
Redmond won’t last until the next election down here BSA Bob. Unfortunately, as she is the best thing the Labor party has going for them.
Footnote. I love the wit in the crowd in Queensland: the sign “Newman puts the N into CUTS”.
The libs in all states are just going feral it seems
VICTORIA’S TAFE system is facing deeper cuts than first thought, with secret documents revealing plans for a raft of campus and course closures, steep fee increases, job losses and tens of millions of dollars of asset sales.
Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/deeper-tafe-cuts-revealed-in-secret-documents-20120913-25v7o.html#ixzz26ObkVQgd
that should go down well in regional victoria, sell off the campuses that have keep their local economies solvent.
It appears that all that this and the previous Rudd government is being dismantled before Abbott gets into power, by the state Coalition governments.
Yep, Liberal State governments are more responsible and better at managing the economics than Labor ones.
They are all the feckin’ same: $5m office facelift as 2000 jobs cut
Looking after the nation’s heritage?
nice to know twiggy cares 😈
I have been in hospital a few times in the last couple of years. I fail to she how Ms. Skinner believes one could have a shorter stay.
New mothers out there, how long has been your stay. A couple of days seem to be the norm. Maybe Private Funds should cut there payments to what occurs in public hospitals.
Beat me to it Cu. Just saw the story on that on early morning news.
This is hideaway O’Farrell who only appears in fluff piece stunts and chest thumping outbursts against Muslim protesters.
Another shooting last night in Sydney, with a family in a home being shot at the night before and a ute going up a driveway the same night.
Daily shootings and stabbings, shootings and stabbings at a less frequency he railed against in the strongest terms when opposition leader, but now he’s nowhere to be seen.
O’Farrell’s decline hasn’t been as spectacular as Bailieu’s and nothing on the planet can match Newman’s vertical plunge downwards in such a short time, but it’s still a significant decline in just 18 months, and that was before the $1.7 billion in education cuts along with big cuts into health.
MO, like the way the six percent swing is worded.
INCREASES in royalties charged by conservative state governments will cost many mining companies more in the short term than the minerals resource rent tax, the industry’s peak body says.
The prediction raises serious questions, both for the federal government’s budget estimates and the opposition’s argument that Labor’s new taxes are to blame for mining’s waning international competitiveness.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/state-royalties-to-cost-more-than-mining-tax–report-20120917-262on.html#ixzz26rNe6Mpf
I’m not sure if it raises too many questions about the budget, From my understanding, didn’t the Government say something along the lines that all increases in royalties will be offset by reductions in GST payments? I can’t recall exactly, given the obfuscation when it comes to reporting these things accurately.
Had a good chuckle Tom.
News piece this morning had a story on the latest hundreds of job cuts from a coal mine in Queensland. Can’t remember the exact reason the mining company gave but MRRT and Carbon Price wasn’t mentioned anywhere in those reasons.
They interviewed a sacked miner leaving work and he immediately said he lost his job because of the Carbon Price but the off camera reporter prompted, “State Royalties”, and the miner hesitantly rejoined, yes and State Royalties.
Yes reporter. More of this please.
Yes, royalties, which the miners pay, whether they make a profit or not. The so called carbon tax, they probably do not pay. The MRRT only when they have made a profit.
Of course lower ore prices would have anything to do with it.
And maybe one of those mines, at the end of their life and no longer viable.
It would be funny, if that court case led to the decision that there is only one crown, and that belongs to the Commonwealth. Which would make sense. Maybe the state crowns where distinguished at Federation.
That would certainly put the cat among the pigeons.
The South Australian Libs can’t win with Redmond
What is with Liberals and their warped priorities.
After slashing thousands of jobs, essential services and public infrastructure, Newman yesterday announced the building of a publicly subsidised casino for Queensland that “will be bigger than Crown”.
In the presser announcing the casino he was challenged and immediately jumped in waving his arm across the audience asking who doesn’t want major infrastructure building in Queensland, and before anyone could say a thing he dismissively said, “I didn’t think so”.
Kennett did the same thing, severely slashing government services and infrastructure whilst pouring large sums into horse racing, car racing and a casino, and was rightly booted out.
It seems Newman is determined to go the way of Kennett and ensure another long term Labor government for Queensland.
After seeing candoes performance ME, all I can say is, ‘thank god for isobelle’
They are never in for long down here in SA, but they leave a terrible legacy (privatisation of everything, pokies in every pub)
One back down
OK O’Farrell this is becoming beyond a joke.
After a media absence as questions were being asked on the number of shooting and stabbing during the recent Muslim radicals rioting you stood up in front of the media all hairy chested decrying the violence and how you won’t tolerate it.
When in opposition you stood up in front of the media decrying every stabbing and shooting as a failure of the government.
Last night there was another drive by shooting into a home with a mother and four children. The night before there were two shootings, again one involved shooting into a home where there was a mother and children. There was also a savage stabbing.
Where are you now O’Farrell? Why aren’t you fronting the media all hairy chested and telling us how you will not tolerate the daily shootings and stabbings, or is it you are working on more cuts, maybe this time to Law and Order? Maybe like those cuts to health you only just foisted on us, cuts to a system that had already gone backwards under your stewardship. Do you remember when in opposition standing in front of the media all hairy chested decrying every hospital tragedy and lapse as a complete failure of the government?
Where are you now O’Farrell all hairy chested to tell us you won’t tolerate any more shootings, stabbings, hospital failures, major traffic jams, public transport setbacks and education shortcomings, all things you stood in front of the media all hairy chested on when in opposition?
Where are you O’Farrell.
O’Farrell is watching his far right.
“and it’s unencumbered by evidence or sound planning”
C.U, that’s a funny line.
Any S.A. locals (or others) with an opinion on the Fib’s leadership issues here? I don’t follow it closely but on balance I’d like Redmond gone. To me she seemed to be making progress as the nice lady we were all expected to vote for next time round. None of the pack of fellas baying at her heels seem me to be cut-throughers.
And from WA
‘MORE Barnett Government contracts allowing public sector jobs to be subcontracted overseas have been uncovered. ‘
The Sunday Times can reveal information technology staff in India will be hired by Oracle Australia to do work for the Department of Child Protection and the Department of Transport.’
Welcome to Liberal rule, and most especially Queensland LNP rule.
After the corruption of the QUT elections by the Liberal supporting Right they have gone around threatening violence against Left women in the university. After all they had a perfect role model in Abbott.
So have the police arrested those in threatening violence against women, no, they arrested Left wing students distributing leaflets against Newman. It is apparently illegal to peacefully criticise Newman, I didn’t know that.
Now I want you remember that Abbott has fully endorsed Newman and everything he is doing, so ergo will do the same things if in power, in other words undermine democracy.
O’Farrell Government’s attacks and cuts – summary
(“It could be a casino.”)
It was the states that were able to roll up their sleeves and get heavily involved in the management and monitoring of the building projects that achieved great results.
Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/opinion/public-service-cuts-may-cost-more-than-they-save-20120923-26esb.html#ixzz27L36QjnO
No wonder rupert doesn’t want to share this sort of information Meta
A bashed Sydney bus driver on the evening prime time news.
“Bashings everyday, stabbings everyday, shootings everyday, you’re not doing a good job Barry.”
Bigpond news tonight.
An international developer has blacklisted Queensland, saying Premier Campbell Newman can’t be trusted with its money.
Singapore-based company Sembawang has cited the Newman government’s job cuts in the public sector as part of the reason it won’t consider any future investment in the state.
Another example of Newman Killing QLD.
$5 b investment gone forever… good one Newman.
As MJ keeps saying savage cuts, mass sackings and wage cuts are counter intuitive in attempting to increase economic growth.
Apart from the many reasons already espoused Newman, and as will the other Liberal State Premiers, has found another reason. Investors will lose trust in those government that undertake savage unreasonable slash and burn policies as they are a sign of an incompetent investment manager. Slash and burn is an incompetent easy way of economic management and an indication of someone who has no idea of sound economic policy.
Why would you invest with someone who is so bad at managing an economy.
Learnt My Lesson Well
This is an utter disgrace and the only good thing that will come out an O’Farrell government is more than a decade of Labor government.
This is just so wrong and the sooner Newman and his government is held to account the better.
He apparently is going to do this in such a way through PPP so as to hide the true cost and debt he needs to go into to accomplish it.
Albanese is out and about, talking about the much needed second airport for Sydney.
Whatever the noise that is created by the Opposition, the government gets on with governing.
Newman at Abbott’s request has removed Climate Change from Queensland schools, you know the Abbott who said it was crap and then said he believes in it and a price should be put on carbon as the most effective way to abate it.
So in other words one of those has to be a lie.
Newman is also scrapping cycle lanes to make way for roads.
And so the destruction of Queensland continues unabated.
How Newman is screwing the country and wrecking Queensland.
Queensland unemployment rate jumped from 5.3% to 6.3% in just 4 months. All the job losses nationally accounted for by the drop in employment in Queensland.
Vic Liberal MP breaks rules but blames ombudsman. If police investigate Bailleau will lose 1 seat majority. So suppose the police won’t be called in.
‘Mr Brouwer found that Mr Shaw used his parliamentary car for a trip to Sale in the state’s east to collect stock for his hardware business on April 22, 2011.
He also said Mr Shaw also used his parliamentary fuel card and it was probable he knew his employees were using the car for other business trips around Victoria, NSW and South Australia.
“I consider that a breach of the plan may constitute a contempt or breach of parliamentary privilege or a breach of the code of conduct established by the Register of Interests Act,” Mr Brouwer said his report.
“In response to my draft report, Mr Shaw disagreed with my conclusion that, as a member of parliament, he is obliged to comply with the plan.”
Mr Shaw also disagreed with the ombudsman that flouting the plan may constitute a contempt of parliament.’
Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/mp-breached-rules-by-lending-car-ombudsman-finds-20121011-27efv.html#ixzz28uv3pnlL
QLD govt has deliberately gone out of it’s way to stuff up the unemployment figures…it knows it hasn’t got an election for a few years…but federal election coming up…but this will backfire…furthermore, we wrote that Peter Costello’s Reserve Bank picks held rates too high for too long…and bank types like Liberal supporting CEO Mike Smith of ANZ went out of their way to ignore eventual moves:
It is the state’s worst unemployment outcome since September 2009 and harks back to 2003, when the Queensland economy was shaking off double-digit unemployment figures.
Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/queenslands-worst-unemployment-rate-for-three-years-20121011-27exm.html#ixzz28xX8exgw
The unemployment rate going up would only have been a negative for the Federal government if it had gone up across most of the States.
That Queensland stands out in contrast and the National rate can be attributed to Queensland’s sacking of 12,000 public servants and the flow on from that lands the bad figure right in the lap of Newman.
Mobius, when Obama put thru his stimulus plenty of Republican states misused and redirected moneys…
and then started laying off public servants bigtime…pushing up the unemployment rates….
some Republican corporations also sacked workers…or would not hire.
Plenty of the scum banks would not lend to help start up businesses…preventing some job growth.
The libor rate was manipulated which saw local communities who had money tied into rates lose heaps of revenue…
School jobs money in America is linked to local community taxes, including generating money from property taxes…
This meant broke communities were forced to layoff teachers fullbore, firemen etc…
Why do you think Abbott keeps talking about linking education and health to local communities.
Union says public service redundancies not fully in unemployment number
‘Queensland Council of Unions president John Battams said it was clear the state government was contributing to the increasing unemployment problem.
“The LNP is only part way through the 14,000 jobs it wants to cut from the Queensland public sector,” Mr Battams said.
“Figures this week showed that 3400 public sector workers had lost their jobs – there are thousands more to go across the state.”
Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/queenslands-worst-unemployment-rate-for-three-years-20121011-27exm.html#ixzz28vKUx9ft
I couldn’t have put the litany of O’Farrell government failures better, and this is just the tip of the iceberg.
West End Boys
Well this should help NSW
‘THE wife of NSW Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner has been accused of Twitter trolling after her attack on the US first lady Michelle Obama’s religious beliefs while her Trade Minister husband tries to woo business from around the world.
Mrs Stoner went on to question Mrs Obama’s membership of a pro-choice US political group for women at the same time she prays to God.
“How does Michelle Obama, who is a member of Emily’s List, say God Bless and mean it…,” she tweeted
Mr Oakeshott said he could handle being trolled by anyone but he was surprised by the comments about mocking god and the attack on Mrs Obama from the spouse of a senior political leader.
“When people associated with high office in Australia and the trade and investment portfolios in NSW, start trolling the first lady of the United States, the debate in Australia has gone off the page,” Mr Oakeshott said.
“I don’t know whether she truly believes that god doesn’t like Michelle Obama or me but I look forward to her explanation.”
Abbott Mini-Me of Queensland has done it again, cutting vital funding to a much needed and successful program to a group that cannot fight back.
Newman is cutting funding to a program that instructs teachers of handicapped children how to help those children transit into mainstream education.
Yep another attack on the handicapped and disadvantaged in Queensland.
But as Abbott wrote about his concern for the Iraqis who were dying despite his government aiding an illegal invasion that caused those deaths, Newman has come out and said he is deeply concerned for the handicapped children of Queensland.
What is this huge disconnect between what conservatives say and what they actually do? We see it in the litany of lies from the Liberal Premiers who promised so much before they were elected and then immediately began breaking every promise made after they were elected.
Follow Newman closely and observe his destruction of Queensland and the slow dismantling of its State democracy, like the scrapping of the corruption watchdog. For where goes Newman there will go Abbott on a greater scale.
Cannot but help, that it should be this story that is leading the headlines, not that of the PM.