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“It’s Time For Governments To Stick To Their Knitting”

29 Mar

Senator Joyce writes for the Canberra Times:

Gillard is on a suicide mission

A joke I remember well from school is that of the Japanese Wing Commander briefing his pilots before a mission in about 1945. In emphatic language he lauds the virtues of Japan, the Emperor and the war task, then orders that the pilots load their planes with bombs, fly low into the rising sun and on into the sides of US ships. The Wing Commander then asks ”any questions?”

”Only one,” comes the reply from a bandana-wearing pilot in the front row ”most honourable Wing Commander, have you gone completely crazy?”

I am waiting for some bandana-wearing Labor parliamentarian to ask the same question of Julia Gillard after she has ordered her troops to reload their planes with the carbon tax and fly it into the side of the electorate.

She has just seen the most precise example of an electoral annihilation in Queensland. The exit polling indicates that cost of living, trust and the carbon tax were issues foremost in voters’ minds. My own survey on the polling booths affirms these findings.

Predominantly voters wanted to speak to me about two things on Saturday, the carbon tax and debt.

What was the PM thinking when, after this disaster, she announces a rededication to this ludicrous cause? Anyhow, my colleagues and I will back Gillard’s stubbornness over discernment and capitalise on the Labor party’s inability to do the bleeding obvious and drop the carbon tax.

Tony Windsor claims that the Queensland election was a victory for independents; well of course Tony, how did the front pages miss that story? Only two out of five were re-elected; one sits in a safe Labor seat (Gladstone) and the other suffered a 10 per cent swing against him. On average the independents suffered an 18 per cent swing against them, even larger than the 15 per cent swing against the Labor party, but in WindsorWorld this is a job well done.

Hubris is our greatest foe. The Katter Australian Party, or its next reincarnation, will harvest a resentment vote on the aspirations of those whose lives or rights may not change enough for their vote to lock in where they last placed it. Labor will be still trying to ”get back to its core” but this will prove near impossible with Julia Gillard casting a clumsy shadow over all Labor grassroots philosophy.

The LNP has a massive task in front of it. It must start paying back debt; it has to put a broom through the areas of the bureaucracy that are not willing to go on the journey that the public vote has overwhelmingly asked for; it has to still invest in key infrastructure or the state business plan will not be able to raise the money to pay the debt.

Importantly it has to change the culture about how it sees itself and how the world sees Queensland. It has to brush the cobwebs from tourism venues that seem to be still living in the ’80s. It has to realise that the wealth, coal, cotton, cattle, grain and the troublesome coal seam gas start in the regions and the people in the regions know this.

The LNP has made a good start by scrapping more than $650 million in programs that aim to change the temperature of the globe. Trying to change the climate from a room in George Street is absurd. We may as well send Campbell Newman to South Korea this week to help the world dispose of nuclear material, and there would be more chance of success there than in changing the climate.

It is simply not the Queensland government’s core business. Every dollar spent on these woopy ”green” programs is a waste of taxpayers’ money if there is no relationship between the spend and a real outcome.

A fundamental lesson of the Queensland election for all political parties is don’t get too carried away saving the world when it is quite evident that is not the league we play in; leave that to the US, China and the 100 million population league. Instead, concentrate on roads being safe, nurses being paid on time, the public books to be kept in order and living costs to be kept under control.

It would be peculiar if Australia took the lead on regime change so it is doubly so when you try do it on climate change.

It’s time for governments to stick to their knitting.

Barnaby is right.

I particularly and enthusiastically applaud his astute observation that Australian political parties should not “get too carried away saving the world when it is quite evident that is not the league we play in; leave that to the US, China and the 100 million population league”.

Indeed.

We are a pissant little country; a big-arse island continent, with a tiny population.

A pimple on the bum of the world.

Nothing wrong with that.

Except when idiot, corrupt politicians decide to squeeze the pimple, thinking that they are “saving the planet”.

It is high time that Australian politicians – and Australians more generally, for that matter – gave our relative overachievement-in-sports-driven national hubris the big punt, and instead embraced the humility that would enable us to avoid being taken on the kind of mad “frolics” that Senator Joyce wisely resists.

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Qlders To Cast Carbon Tax Verdict … LNP To Do F-All To Stop Carbon Tax

23 Mar

Media Release – The Nationals, 23 March 2012:

Dear Friends,

Queenslanders to cast carbon tax verdict

Today marks 100 days until Labor’s carbon tax drives up the price of everything, costs Australian jobs and makes us less competitive internationally – and all for no environmental gain.

Fittingly, Queenslanders will have their day of reckoning against a bad Labor government tomorrow, but also cast their judgment on the carbon tax and the deceitful government Julia Gillard leads.

This Queensland election, like last year’s NSW election, shapes as a referendum on the carbon tax. People power will be on display.

Last time in the Sunshine State there was a sense that Labor cheated its way into office. That is echoed federally with the Prime Minister’s broken carbon tax promise, ‘there will be no carbon tax under the government I lead’. Words that live in infamy and ring loudly in the ears of all Australians.

Without a record to stand on, Anna Bligh and Labor’s smear campaign against Campbell Newman has been unprecedented, ugly and Queenslanders don’t like it. It may have been headline-grabbing but, ultimately, I think it has backfired badly, especially in the last week or two.

When the Crime and Misconduct Commission confirmed Mr Newman had no case to answer and Anna Bligh could not produce a shred of evidence against him, she and Labor were exposed for the fraud they were peddling. That has repulsed people.

It was straight out of Labor’s old playbook. Muckraking and throwing anything and everything in the hope something would stick. It’s gutter politics and it doesn’t work. Dragging Mr Newman’s wife and family through that muck was morally wrong and a political mistake. People accept there is argy-bargy in politics, but this was obviously baseless and crude.

Campbell Newman is to be commended for not parachuting into a safe seat but really taking the fight up to Labor in its own backyard. Ashgrove was always going to be a tough ask, needing a 7.1% swing. That takes character and Queenslanders have responded to that.

As we’ve already seen in WA, Victoria, NSW and now Queensland the tide has turned, Labor is on the nose and Julia Gillard’s judgment day with the Australian people for Labor’s lies, waste and incompetence is coming.

I look forward to the day when the LNP and the federal Coalition are working together in government for the benefit of Queenslanders and all Australians.

King [sic … dear Lord, can noone spell or copycheck anymore?!] regards,

Warren Truss
Leader of The Nationals

Fine words.

But will the Queensland LNP do anything more than just talk it up on the bankers’ CO2 derivatives scam, once they hold power from tomorrow night?

Will they act to STOP the “carbon tax”, rather than just unconvincingly promise to “repeal” it?

Will they get off their fat, lazy, well padded, shiny-suited, taxpayer-financed arses and actually challenge the Orwellian-titled Clean Energy Future legislation in the High Court, under sections 55 and (especially) 114 of the Australian Constitution, as several expert constitutional lawyers have advised that they can?

Or … will they demonstrate themselves to be no better than their tough talking, big pre-election promising, non-delivering invertebrate counterpart in NSW, Premier Barry O’Farrell?

On past and present form, I am betting on the latter.

All talk. No action.

Queenslanders … keep the bastards honest.

Vote 1 Katter’s Australian Party (“The Australian Party” on your ballot)

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:

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.

“They Are Pathological In Their Hate Of It”: Barnaby

22 Mar

Barnaby Joyce on fire in the Senate.

Enjoy:

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