The Queensland state election is a week away and the polls say that the current LNP (Liberal National Party) government will win the election but Premier Newman could lose his own seat. If Newman does lose his seat it would probably be a first for any state in Australia but a good day for democracy. It will send a message to all politicians that times have changed and you are not above accountability anymore.
The election is next Saturday (31/1/15) and you do not need to dig deep to find reasons why Newman is a big chance to lose his own seat.
Newman is extremely arrogant, stupid and corrupt
During the week I watched a news report from late last year and it showed Newman was clearly on another planet. He tried to justify a LNP MP’s involvement in the $100 million Gold Coast cable car project. To me it would have left many viewers with the impression that Newman is taking Queensland back to dark old days of corruption that existed under former Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen.
MP Ray Stevens and the scandalous $100 million Gold Coast cable project
Mr Stevens is a state MP and senior member of the Newman government and is paid $287,035 per year. He received a 39% increase at the last pay rise which was bigger than anyone else.
Mr Stevens is also an investor and advisor for $100 million Gold Coast Skyride which he only declared to parliament the same day the project was announced in October last year. (Click here to read more)
Mr Stevens claims there will be no conflict of interest. Well there shouldn’t be a conflict as he should only be allowed to do one job or the other, not both. At the end of the below video Mr Stevens shows what contempt he has for the voters and his constituents and should be sacked. Mr Stevens has been all over the press the last few days regarding his extremely poor conduct. (Click here to read more)
The below video is 2 news reports from last year regarding Mr Stevens and Skyride and also features Mr Newman and his delusional stupidity in supporting Mr Stevens. At the end is David Donovan from Independent Australia asking some questions which Mr Stevens refuses to answer.
Mr Donovan runs the website called Independent Australia which I regard as not much more than a union and Labor Party troll site which I have written about before to a degree. Be that as it may, the questions that Mr Donovan asks Ray Stevens are legitimate questions that are in the public interest and he has the right to ask them. Ray Stevens has an obligation to answer the questions which he refuses to do. Remember while watching the video that Campbell Newman supports Ray Stevens and thinks it is all ok.
In the last couple of days Campbell Newman has tried blackmail as an election strategy.
“Campbell Newman says he cannot guarantee the Liberal National Party’s big spending promises, even those with bipartisan support, if the party wins government but not the seat a project is in.” (Click here to read more)
I think that policy will end up costing the LNP and Newman votes as the public will see it for what it is which is nothing more than blackmail. Newman obviously has no self-respect.
Campbell Newman instituted defamation proceedings against radio announcer Alan Jones on Thursday (23/1/15). Newman claims he was defamed by Jones. (Click here to read more) I think it is hard to defame Newman considering what a crook he clearly is given the above.
Newman looks like just another fool using defamation proceedings in an attempt to conceal their crimes. It failed with Craig Thomson and it will fail with Newman.
LNP members conceal their true identity
It came to my attention that sitting LNP member and candidate Freya Ostapovitch has wiped the LNP logo off her website and election posters. There is no clearer admission that the electorate has turned against a government when members of their own party disown them.
(Click here to visit her website. I am sure the LNP logo will be back after the election)
The LNP won the last election in 2012 in a landslide winning 78 seats to the Labor Party’s 7. In this election there is guaranteed to be a substantial reversal and the LNP will lose a lot of seats as they are quite unpopular. Their own members are well aware of that as shown by Ms Ostapovitch’s actions.
While the LNP are likely to win the Queensland election it is not because they are popular. It is just that the previous Labor Party governments were so corrupt and dishonest that not enough of the voters are prepared to go back to them. At least not yet anyhow. But that could change in the next week if Campbell Newman and the LNP continue with their dodgy actions.
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