SURVEYING THE WRECKAGE

Time seems to pass strangely as we all wait for the October 31 election to arrive. The Palaszczuk Government’s millions of dollars of taxpayer-funded advertising make the date seem an ocean away.

But then one week can bring events that sum up the entire Palaszczuk Government’s history. This was such a week.

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FACING THE FUTURE - ELECTION 2020

The 2020 Queensland State Election is different to any you have experienced in your life as a voter.

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LAST SITTINGS BEFORE WE VOTE

The last sitting of one of the most cynical parliaments in memory was always going to be jam-packed, but I’m struggling to know where to start in summing up this week’s events.

It started with questions of constitutionality, budgets and estimates – and ended with three ministers retiring from public life: Anthony Lynham, Kate Jones and Coralee O’Rourke.

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OVERDUE HOMEWORK AND LESSONS TO LEARN

Depending how you count it, we are now in our seventh or ninth month of living with the corona virus.

Nine months if you are one of our elected leaders, who should have been focusing on this since January.

Seven months for everyone else, given most personal restrictions date from March.

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COAL JOBS AT RISK AGAIN

When CQ and NQ voted so strongly against Labor’s coal policies at the last federal election, the Premier said she had “had a gutful” of the ongoing fight about the approval of the Adani mine in the Galilee Basin.

She made it sound like she understood the importance of the coal industry to Queensland’s prosperity.

She made it sound like she understood the size of the support for coal jobs in CQ and NQ.

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BLUDGING AND BLIND

The Premier needs to start delivering more than just daily media conferences on corona virus.

She and her ministers need to start actually administering the state of Queensland.

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THIS WEEK IN PARLIAMENT - AUGUST 14

Have Your Say - FIFO Workforce Consultation

The Coordinator-General’s Department is currently reviewing the Strong and Sustainable Resource Communities Act 2017.

This is the Act that bans 100 % FIFO mining workforces. Click here to find out more.

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STAY SAFE, STAY HERE

New Border Closures

As you have no doubt heard, from 1 AM tomorrow, Saturday August 8, our southern border will be closed. All travellers from NSW, ACT and Victoria will be denied entry and turned around.

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C'MON AUSSIE - COME ON!

What has happened to us?

The Coronavirus Pandemic has seen Aussies reported in overseas newspapers as toilet paper brawlers and grocery hoarders.

While the Brits bang pots and pans to thank their frontline workers, we have seen Aussies abusing our frontline workers – health workers, aged care workers, hospitality workers and retail workers.

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THIS WEEK IN PARLIAMENT - JULY 17, 2020

Yesterday the Australian ran an article about the financial crisis we face. It was headlined “Deepest Fiscal Hole in 75 Years Awaits Us”.

It went on to flag a collapse in revenue due to the COVID19 recession and the biggest deficits since WW2. If that is the national outlook, my poor old Queensland.

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