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The Queensland Chainsaw Massacre

You’ve got to say one thing about the LNP…they are remarkably consistent.  As we’ve seen recently, it’s most consistent about putting ideology before good governing.

It pretty much started from the get-go, with the “jobs-for-the-boys” scenario of plum DG positions for LNP “luminaries” and continued with the “audit” of the financial situation.  With Costello on board for that one you could almost guarantee that it would get the result they were after and lo and behold, the situation in Queensland was “catastrophic” with us going to be “$100 billion” in debt by the end of the decade.  Of course in the fine print they said that this was if we got natural disasters every year and the Government didn’t do anything at all to correct the budget, but why let reality intrude on a big stick to beat the former government with.

One very under-reported section of this audit ties in with public service staffing, or over-staffing as the case may be.  The report recommended a freeze on hiring and that natural attrition would do it’s part to resolve the issue.

Naturally Campbell decided this wouldn’t be good enough and decided that a scorched earth policy would be best and went about ripping the guts out of the public service.  To date 7000 jobs have gone and today it was announced that a further 4000 would go from Qld Health…of course this would not affect “frontline services” in any way at all.

These morons in charge are either too stupid to realise that the fewer back of house staff available means their workload would need to be taken up by frontline staff leading to a reduction in the frontline services, or once again they don’t care and it’s all aboard the good ship Ideology.

Quite frankly they have stuffed themselves massively in a few months.  By going on this massive rampage against the public service even the died in the wool conservative voter realises that there will be fewer people available to provide help.  Couple this with the fact that the increased unemployment has flow-on effects to other areas particularly retail, and it doesn’t take a genius to realise that mass unemployment doesn’t solve any problems.

I’m sure they are hoping that they can do this early in the piece, then sweeten the pie with Howard-style vote buying in the year before the election and all will be right.

Hopefully the Qld people, in particular the public service employees in Ashgrove, will remember the contempt they have been treated with and cast their votes accordingly.  We can also hope that they get rid of the idiots in charge of the public service union like Alex Scott who for some inexplicable reason thought that the LNP could be trusted to honour their promises.  Anyone who has lived through Campbell’s reign at the BCC should have known better.


UPDATE:  And it just keeps getting better.  There are reports today that Campbell has decided to change the definition of “frontline”, meaning that up to 25000 extra public servants no longer meet that criteria.  That’s just standard LNP…if you don’t like the result move the goalposts until it suits.

  1. August 13, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    All one can say is: ‘You Queenslanders’ voted them in!”. And hope that by the time the Federal Election comes the majority of voters in Australia have realised that three terms of Phoney Tony and the NO Coalition will be even worse that what is happening now in Queensland, NSW and Victoria.

    • August 13, 2012 at 4:25 PM

      I can proudly say “it wasn’t me” deknarf.
      Anyone who was stupid enough to ignore the history and pattern of behaviour of the LNP and fell for the advertising guff deserves the ridicule you should heap on them.

  2. August 13, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Campbell Newman has a lot of cleaning up to do after Labor’s long reign of error, so I expect that the government up here will get over any transient disquiet about slimming down a rather bloated public service. Those displaced can allays work in the mines who are crying out for staff.

    • August 14, 2012 at 8:56 AM

      Not true Iain, even the Costello report itself recommended that a hiring freeze was the only required course of action. The above and beyond steps being taken are purely idealogical.

  3. Neil of Sydney
    August 14, 2012 at 9:27 AM


    How do you rack up so much debt during the biggest mining boom in Australian history?? Only the ALP is capable of doing this. Qld even lost its credit rating during the boom. Well done Bligh.

    It never ceases to amaze me the amazing ability of the ALP to get us into debt. While Costello was paying down debt Qld was racking it up.

    • August 14, 2012 at 4:32 PM

      Gee Neil I don’t know…does Cyclone Yasi, the floods or the GFC ring a bell? Two of those required massive fund injections to rebuild infrastructure and the other lead to reduced tax receipts all around.
      Do you think that possibly this had something to do with it?

      Costello only paid down debt by flogging off Telstra and our gold reserves…he did jack shit for the future of the nation and doled out his surpluses in election bribes.

    • August 15, 2012 at 11:27 PM


  4. Neil of Sydney
    August 14, 2012 at 5:41 PM


    Labor was in power for a long time. When did this State debt happen?? For all his problems Bjelke-Peterson left Queensland with no debt.

    And once again you are wrong about Costello. A constant theme with all Labor supporters is their factual inaccuracies. Costello paid off most of the debt by running surplus budgets. In fact Costello produced approx $95B from budget surpluses.

    Budget surpluses plus asset sales paid off all govt debt ($96B) plus started the Future Fund with $75B in equity.

  5. August 15, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Yawn. Again.

    • August 16, 2012 at 12:08 PM

      +1 Migs.

      Gets a bit boring having to refute the same old tired furphys for the slow learners doesn’t it?

  6. Neil of Sydney
    August 16, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Refute??? If their is one thing consistent about an ALP supporters is your factual inaccuracies. Furthermore you do not care for the truth.

    Costello only paid down debt by flogging off Telstra and our gold reserves”

    From this link http://www.budget.gov.au/2012-13/content/overview/html/overview_44.htm

    Costello ran surplus/deficits of -6, 0.149, 3.9, 13, 5.9, -1, 7.4, 8, 13.6, 15.8, 17.2, and $19.7 billion dollars.

    That gives a total surplus of approx $98B which Costello used to pay off debt. In case you do not know, asset sales were not included in the budget as revenue otherwise there would have been three huge surplus budgets when T1, T2 and T3 were sold. So the surplus budgets that Costello produced was because he spent less than he received not because of asset sales.

    You ALP supporters are the most factually dishonest people I have met.

    • Miglo
      August 17, 2012 at 1:02 AM

      More yawns.

  7. Catching up
    August 20, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    and manage 18 interest rises in a row. Left the country with the largest private debt on record.

  8. Chris Grealy
    August 22, 2012 at 5:51 AM

    It just keeps marching on. This week we’ve been told there was no reason to pick 20,000; that figure was just plucked out of the air. Three Ministers have had to apologise to parliament for lying, oh sorry, exaggerating the debt. And Newman, having said two weeks ago that nobody had complained to him, this week held a press conference to say that hey, maybe we acted a bit hastily, we might not have to sack 20,000 after all. He also said that this is a really really difficult situation for him and his cabinet, but couldn’t keep the shit-eating grin off his face. He really is quite completely unredeemable. One term wonder.

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