The title of this post says it all. Some of the immediate analysis of why Labor lost the 2012 QLD state election has been nothing more than delusional and miss the key factor, that being pure corruption.
Other factors clearly played a part like the fact that the government had been in power for a long time and the deception about selling off state assets. Federal issues such as the carbon tax and mining tax likely played some part as well.
But I have no doubt that it is corruption over a long period that took the biggest toll on the Labor party vote.
AWU president Bill Ludwig has blamed Queensland men disliking women. He has said “The blokes here just don’t like women, especially women in charge,” Mr Ludwig said. ”The federal election is a long way off, it’s different circumstances, but I don’t think the blokes like Julia, either. The men of Queensland are just very negative towards women.” (Click here to read more)
Mr Ludwig is an idiot. He, along with other unions and their officials, control Labor and when the likes of Mr Ludwig fraudulently rip off the union it costs votes. Remember Mr Ludwig stole $50,000 of AWU money to pay for his own legal fees and plenty of people in Queensland know it. Every time Mr Ludwig raises his head in the media he costs Labor votes. (Click here to read more on Mr Ludwig’s theft)
The same can be said for Peter Beattie. When he retired as Queensland Premier he was given a 2 year tax payer paid holiday to the US. This is what it says on Wikipedia: “He officially stood down as the Member for Brisbane Central on 14 September 2007. Beattie then served as Queensland’s Trade Commissioner to North and South America based in Los Angeles, a position he was appointed to by Anna Bligh in March 2008 after previously stating that he would not accept a federal or state government role.” (Click here to read more)
Then there is Gordon Nuttall who is a former state Labor minister and currently in jail for taking bribes etc. “In 2009 he was found guilty of corruptly receiving secret commissions during his time in office and jailed for seven years. In 2010, he was found guilty of five charges of official corruption and five charges of perjury and, ultimately, jailed for an additional seven years. He is serving the longest jail term for corruption handed to a British Commonwealth politician.” (Click here to read more)
And how can we forget the former QLD state politician Mike Kaiser who resigned when caught out in a branch stacking scandal. “After conducting his own Government Relations consultancy, he was rehabilitated by the Australian Labor Party in 2003 and served as its Assistant National Secretary in the lead up to and during the 2004 federal election.” (Click here to read more)
He has since gone on to rip off the tax payer with a $450,000 job as Government Relations and External Affairs Executive with NBN Co after being appointed by the communications minister Stephen Conroy. There was no advertisement of the job and Mr Kaiser was the only one interviewed. And he negotiated his own wage. It is really straight out theft and fraud by Mr Kaiser and the Labor party.
I would not normally do a post on straight out politics but even this site did a post on Kerry Shine the former Queensland attorney general titled “FORMER Queensland attorney-general Kerry Shine busted appointing mates as judges” in April 2011. It talks about Mr Shine stacking the courts with Labor party cronies as judges and magistrates. Including Anna Bligh’s friend Di Fingleton. (Click here to read)
Above is just some of the corruption that has been in the Queensland Labor party over many years. The full list is a mile long
It looks like QLD Labor will be reduced to 7 MP’s in the 89 seat parliament. This is not great for democracy as there is basically no one to keep the Liberal National Party accountable.
But it needed to happen so the message is sent that corruption will no longer be tolerated anywhere.
Labor has failed to understand that the voters will only tolerate the rot for so long. Without a doubt the performance of the federal government has played a part in the state election. Not just from a policy viewpoint but from a corruption viewpoint. The corruption federally casts a long shadow over state political corruption as well. For example just mention the name Craig Thomson and it costs Labor votes both federally and state wise.
While corrupt unions control the Labor Party from the shadows it will continue to die.
Any honest analysis of why the QLD Labor party lost the election so badly has to deal with corruption as the number one reason first and foremost.
I originate from Queensland but have been in Sydney for over ten years. Some of the Queensland readers will have a better educated and detailed viewpoint on the corruption so I will leave it up to you to write that in comment section.
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