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Put On Your Thinking KAP

23 Mar

From today.

Put down your biases, prejudices, stereotypes … and your Ego.

Put on your thinking KAP.

And listen up:

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Barnaby On All The Bloated Lunch-Eaters In Canberra

23 Mar

Senator Joyce writes … brilliantlyagain … for the Canberra Times (emphasis added):

Labor will be history in Queensland

The lingering fear of many in a sedentary job is the unreasonable expansion of the body mass. In Parliament you have the tactic of those lobbying you that if they can hold you down and feed you, like a French goose for the purpose of pate de foie, they will get a favourable hearing, and in many instances they are right.

It is hardly a parade of the siblings of the Greek Adonis that are ceremonially carted into Parliament each day. Since we are not digging post holes, nor shearing sheep, meagre attempts and a few rather hyper intense ones are made to stay in nick. On Sunday I am going in the Mooloolaba triathlon. I will come in somewhere at the back of my age group but I am more fearful of Sunday’s pain than Saturday’s Queensland State election. It would be disingenuous to sprout the line that the result is uncertain.

The physical appearance of politicians is no recommendation for their managerial expertise. Lack of managerial expertise is usually covered up by consultants, an ever increasing bureaucracy and an ever escalating debt.

Labor is continually plastering up the holes with borrowed funds and external consultants and Canberra seems to be resounding with this theme at the moment as well. The Canberra Times revealed this week that the Labor party has spent $500 million a year on consultants in their four years in government.

Canberra would feel the nervousness of those employed by the government in Brisbane who are going to be lumbered with the lunacy of the previous government’s ineptness.

Labor is going to lose and lose quite convincingly in Queensland. The fear is that in the engagement in tight seats within the wider electoral battle, telling the truth about the electoral scorecard could be discerned as public hubris. My hope is that people vote with their head and not their heart; sympathy for the arrangement that has dragged Queensland to the bottom of the Commonwealth is misplaced.

You would not marry someone on the premise that you felt sorry for them. You would not go and have a dentist put a drill in your teeth because you think they are a good bloke, but incompetent and clumsy. It stands to reason therefore that you should vote on competency and capacity to deliver your state an outcome not on sympathy. Unemployment in Queensland is the highest on the mainland at 5.7 per cent. Queensland lost its credit rating long before many countries in debt ridden Europe did. Queensland has been home to the farcical health debacle where, for the life of them, they could not get the payroll system to work in a fashion that paid the nurses, however, they did manage to pay a ”Tahitian Prince” about $15 million.

The main east-west highway to the vital mineral provinces, the Warrego Highway, is a two-lane bumper to bumper disgrace once you have managed to crawl over the Toowoomba Range. Queensland debt is booked to hit $85 billion.

This is the same Queensland that used to be the powerhouse of the Commonwealth, with the same people, and resources that are now selling at a record price beyond that received in the past.

Queensland matters for the whole country. It is our third biggest state. When the floods hit late last year, and the coal couldn’t be exported, we experienced our biggest fall in economic activity since the early 1990s recession. The Queensland economy’s stumbles over the past few years have held back the economic performance of all Australia.

In a previous time Queensland built the dams, airports, motorways, electrified the rail, developed the Gold Coast, opened up the coal fields, built the beef roads and built South Bank, built the Art Gallery, developed Gladstone, ran hospitals that weren’t in the news every second week. While they did all of this and more they left government with the treasury overflowing with money.

The only difference between then and now is the Labor Government. Queensland people are not going to feel sorry for them, they are just going to get rid of them.

Real Honest Journalism For Times Like These

18 Mar

Bravo Des Houghton!

Election seen through smudged lens

SO WE have endured an election campaign with plenty of mud-slinging.

The conservative protagonist and former Brisbane lord mayor has even been depicted as a spider and his wife vilified.

In the spirit of this campaign, today I would like to borrow from the Labor strategist’s play book:

Queensland’s Labor Government is worm-eaten, inept, rancid, pernicious, dirty, exhausted, dishonest, incompetent and lazy, not to mention mendaciously mud-slinging, ignorant, rotten, flagitious, disreputable, deceitful, unsavoury, unworthy, unsound, unwholesome, unscrupulous, untrustworthy, untruthful, corrupt, insincere and misleading.

And perhaps I should throw in reprehensible, weaseling, miscreant, nefarious, tarnished, ill-mannered, snivelling, expendable, foul, abominable, soiled, shifty, discreditable, improper, obscene, hateful, impure, degraded, grubby, pitiful, dilapidated, shabby, grovelling, flea-ridden, discredited, disgraced, degenerate, depraved, nefarious, toe-curling, perverse, putrid, rotten, unhealthy, faulty, opprobrious and empty.

Not to mention peccant, tergiversating, vituperative and insalubrious.

Hyperbole for dramatic effect, to be sure, but the campaign needs a bit of humour.

Labor should have been kicked out of office at the last election in March 2009.

That would have spared us further misery. And now, thanks to Labor’s campaign of misinformation, we have been hoodwinked again.

I have a horrible feeling we are going to the polls not knowing as much as we should about how an incoming government will handle new challenges such as the soaring cost of living, the collapse of tourism, the failure to protect the choicest cropping land and the terrifying state debt.

We don’t know fully how the parties intend to respond to these challenges.

Perhaps this is how Premier Anna Bligh and her political strategists planned it.

The print, electronic and social media was hit by an asteroid shower of misinformation. Mudslinging smudged the lens through which we view policy.

The good folk of Ashgrove have been forced into hiding from candidates and pollsters.

Some media was so besieged by charges of impropriety against Campbell and Lisa Newman there has been little air time left to truly examine Bligh’s record, much of it studded with spectacular failures.

And little time to fully examine LNP policy, for that matter.

The integrity row was a diversion that left little media time to explain how Labor gouged the workers and mismanaged the economy and how it failed in crucial areas of health, education and transport.

Bligh is at the centre of Labor’s long decline.

She joined the Cabinet in 1998 and has served as minister for families, youth, community care, disabilities, education, arts, trades and innovation.

She has been minister for finance and state development and she served as treasurer and deputy premier.

She has been the premier of Queensland since September 2007.

She was treasurer when the state debt began to balloon.

She was education minister when standards began to plunge.

Bligh must accept some of the condemnation for Queensland’s poor numeracy and literacy rates.

And she must accept blame for the childcare crisis, the debt blow-out and the lack of skilled tradesmen and women.

But perhaps her biggest mistake was failing to hold any of her ministers accountable for serious blunders and rorts in health and infrastructure.

There was a failure, too, to contain the public service, which is hemorrhaging your money.

Then there was Labor’s seemingly relentless attack on local government, first with forced council amalgamations then with the botched takeover of council water assets.

Bligh became unaccountable by not holding her ministers accountable and presiding over a government many now see as inept.

During the Beattie-Bligh era, Labor MPs went to jail for blackmail, rape, perjury and bribery, and Bligh’s own integrity was called into question.

She used government aircraft like a personal taxi .

Bligh broke promises on the fuel subsidy, asset sales and on power prices.

Car rego fees have soared 30 per cent since 2008.

Under Treasurer Andrew Fraser, Queensland has lost its AAA credit rating in a mining boom, racking up a debt of $85 billion.

Bligh’s Labor wasted $220 million on a health payroll system that denied doctors and nurses their pay at the same time as the department was being defrauded by a fake Tahitian prince.

When there were mistakes, Bligh’s Labor lied and attempted to cover them up, as in the Commonwealth Games cost over-runs.

Bligh’s Labor is politically obsolete.

Great survivor that she is, she will need a miracle to come back from here.

From Cairns to Coolangatta, Labor heads will roll.

And if Newman’s daredevil bid for power comes off, he, too, will have a lot of explaining to do.

Please feel free to have your say.

And remember that even as Labor heads for political oblivion, there is a place for a little humour.

Well Des, I’d not call your article an act of borrowing “from the Labor strategist’s playbook”.

Nor would I call it “hyperbole for dramatic effect”.

I’d call it what it is.

Real honest journalism.

A Fancy Name For Theft And Destitution

2 Mar

Media Release – Senator Barnaby Joyce, 2 March 2012:

Bligh’s Green corridor is a plan to make Queenslanders poorer

You run a government that is racing towards $85 billion in debt, what do you do next?

Well, if you were Anna Bligh you borrow more money to retire productive assets.

Anna Bligh’s Border to Beach Green corridor is nothing but a plan to make Queenslanders poorer, more in debt and deny them the productive assets to get them out of it. Worse, all for no siginficant environmental benefit.

This so-called “green” corridor is a fancy name for theft and destitution, as Green-Labor governments shut down the economic future for people in between.

Retiring vast tracts of otherwise productive farming assets will leave thousands of other Queenslanders, particularly in rural and remote Queensland, behind. If you take out of business assets that can make money, that’s less wealth and less cash flow in a community to maintain schools, roads, hospitals and businesses.

Once upon a time the Labor party was formed in the shearing sheds of Barcaldine, now it wants to shut down the places that midwifed its birth.

All so that the Queensland Labor government can show its usual administrative competence by managing vast tracts of our state. Private landholders will look after their land better than governments because it is their land.

Governments can’t even run the national parks they have at the moment, with much of it infested with weeds and invaded by pests.

They should get their own backyard in shape first before they start invading the backyards of others.

Barnaby: Debt One Day, High Taxes The Next

4 Feb

Senator Joyce writes for the Canberra Times:

The Queensland Labor Government has been ahead of its time. It lost our AAA credit rating long before many others, before the United States, before France and before Australia. In 10 years, Labor has increased Queensland’s public debt by $45 billion. That is $10,000 of extra debt for every Queenslander.

Remember when Peter Beattie said we would be the ”smart state”. Well it doesn’t seem too smart to be racing towards $85 billion in debt. We have seen what too much debt can do to other countries and we would be mad to replicate that approach here. The fact always remains the same; if you can’t manage debt, debt will manage you.

What has Queensland seen for this reckless spending? The traffic is worse, housing is less available and we are paying more for essential services such as electricity and water. A lot more. Electricity prices are up 38 per cent and water prices are up 46 per cent in just four years. Labor spent $10 billion on a water plan to take infrastructure from local councils and is now giving some of those assets back.

It spent billions on a desalination plant that was beset by cost overruns and so many delays that while we were waiting for it, it rained. The plant has barely been used but Queenslanders are paying for it through their water bills.

Now Premier Anna Bligh thinks Queenslanders aren’t paying enough for basic services and supports the Gillard Government’s moves to introduce a carbon tax. Under the carbon tax, households will pay an extra 10 per cent for their electricity and businesses will pay up to 20 per cent more.

Nowhere will be hit harder by a carbon tax than Queensland. Even the Labor government’s own modelling finds that under a carbon tax there will be 41,000 fewer jobs in Queensland over time. The worst hit areas form an arc from Mackay to Gladstone, where so many of the state’s mining industry resides. Hundreds more jobs based in Brisbane and elsewhere are linked to the mining boom.

Labor has simply stopped standing up for Queensland. Anna Bligh promised to ”put Queensland first” when assessing whether to support the carbon tax, but she gave her support anyway despite achieving no concessions from her federal Labor counterparts. No Queensland government that stood up for Queensland would support a tax that cost Queenslanders jobs.

Over the past four years Queensland’s unemployment rate has increased from 3.4 per cent to 5.4 per cent and 60,000 more Queenslanders have joined the unemployed queue. Lucky we are winning the State of Origin because we are getting the wooden spoon on economic performance despite the mining boom. Queensland was once the engine room of the Australian economy. We were also the low tax state.

Now we seem to better other states at nothing except bureaucracy. Sometimes it seems like this is a government driving via the rear vision mirror. They are constantly reacting to events. By their own admission they failed to invest in infrastructure for years. They can’t pay nurses on time, coordinate the labyrinth of water departments and agencies they created or stop a claimed Tahitian prince from ripping off millions of dollars from Queensland taxpayers.

This is a soap opera of a government and for the benefit of Queensland it has to stop. Many Queenslanders are young enough to remember the last Coalition government, a government that balanced the books, electrified the rail lines, built the Gold Coast, constructed dams and the international airport in Cairns. Queensland can have that economic management again but it’s going to get more of the same from more spending and more debt from Labor.

Barnaby: Tomorrow Is D-Day For Anna Bligh

18 Aug

Media Release – Senator Barnaby Joyce, 18 August 2011:

Bligh’s day of delivery for Queensland looms

The carbon tax heat will turn to Queensland Premier Anna Bligh when the Council of Australian Governments meets in Canberra tomorrow.

Leader of The Nationals Warren Truss and Nationals’ Senate leader Barnaby Joyce – both Queenslanders – are calling on the Premier to make good on her pledge to ‘put Queensland first’ by rejecting the carbon tax.

On May 22 the Premier told reporters: ‘I think Queenslanders, like other Australians, want to see the details of the carbon tax’. She then pledged to put the interests of Queensland first, adding: ‘I look forward to (seeing) those details and when we do we will be putting Queensland first’.

“Tomorrow is D-Day for the Premier,” Mr Truss said. “Anna Bligh can put Queensland first by putting Julia Gillard and her carbon tax last.

“In fact, Federal Treasury figures reveal that the carbon tax will have its biggest impact on Queensland, with the state’s bottom line gutted to the tune of $250 billion – the equivalent of losing an entire year out of the state’s production.

“Even Queensland Treasurer Andrew Fraser has conceded the asset value of the state’s electricity generators will plummet by $1.7 billion. The Queensland Resources Council estimates that the state stands to lose $1 billion in coal royalties, as well as shedding more than 13,000 jobs.”

Senator Joyce added: “The epicentre of the effect of a carbon tax is Queensland. Our state’s major export is the major export of the nation, it is coal, it is carbon.

“Why should the person in Ipswich pay more for power for something that is not going to change the climate? Nobody wants this tax and Anna Bligh is crucial in trying to stop it. She can make the difference and stop this tax.

“All she has to do is to stand up for Queensland, not for Sussex St, in Canberra tomorrow.”

Today’s release of the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ employment data shows that unemployment in regional Queensland has increased by almost 1 percentage point over the last year – climbing from 5.4% in July 2010 to 6.3% today.

Areas that have been hardest hit include:

§ Townsville / Mt Isa area rose from 2.9% to 7.5%.

§ Wide Bay up from 6.5% to 10.7%.

§ Gold Coast increased from 5.6% to 6.7%.

§ The unemployment rate in Cairns remains high at 8.2%.

This is the wrong time to impose a carbon tax on regional Queensland.

Anna Bligh needs to join with Ted Baillieu, Barry O’Farrell and Colin Barnett in telling Julia Gillard to dump her destructive tax. If the Premier is fair dinkum about the interests of Queensland she’ll reject the carbon tax tomorrow.

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