Monthly Archives: August 2014

It was very interesting

30.08.14
Letter to the Editor
It was very interesting to read the Townsville Bulletin’s assessment of The North’s 50 most influential people TB 30.08.14.in the Townsville area. I couldn’t help but notice that almost without exception (Sam Cox for some unknown reason?) LNP politicians both State, federal and local have been marked down for being failures as representatives of conservative governments (TCC, Queensland and federal) who live in Townsville, (State and federal)rather than being Townsville representatives of North Queensland participating in Local, State or Federal governments. In other words they are being marked down at all levels of government because they are not representing the best interests of everyday Townsville and districts people, and are instead simply followers of their governments in Townsville, Brisbane or Canberra, without representing their Townsville and district constituents, at our cost. Which I expect will be corrected at all coming elections, local, State and federal.
North Queensland misses out continuously on funding for urgent infrastructure because the South-East corner is always given preferential treatment in every facet of government expenditure at the cost of North Queensland infrastructure, which is precisely why calls for a separate state of North Queensland never disappear and is always in the background of NQ politics. As the largest tropical city in Australia the fact that, with a population fast approaching 200,000 people, we don’t have a commuter rail system in Townsville is a pathetic blight upon all conservative governments currently in operation in Australia, but in particular on the Newman State Brisbane-centric LNP government and the conservative Townsville City Council in not advocating hard enough to make it happen.
We in North Queensland need people representing us who are passionate North Queenslanders first and members of political parties second, we need people who are prepared to advocate for North Queensland, in basic infrastructure, not people who are merely interested in advocating for their political party, which is precisely why I remain independent of all political parties until I can see that commitment from a political party. I note the recent successful ALP motion to establish a North Queensland branch of that party was certainly a step in the right direction.
Regards,
Shaun Newman
13 Laura Court, Deeragun
Townsville, North Queensland, 4818
Ph: 0747516184
Email – sne35565@westnet.com.au

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No one in Australia

29.08.14
Letter to the Editor
No one in Australia could accuse the Abbot or Newman governments of inconsistency. From the word go, they have both been responsible for policies to sack workers. Firstly, thousands from the public service then policy decisions that weakened and ended job prospects in the Australian car industry and will put thousands more ordinary Australian workers on the unemployment scrap heap. The negativity of the conservatives knows no bounds and it is this negativity that has seen unemployment in Australia skyrocket from the 5.2% where the Labor Party left it last September to a current 6.4% nationally and 6.8% in Queensland, horrendous figures if you are unemployed and looking for work. Good however, if you want to drive down the basic wage.
At a time when Australia is desperately in need of a job creation scheme, the conservatives again shrink back to their “yesterday’s party” status and reject the renewable energy target, which will deliver a further 21,000 people to the dole cue. What a disgraceful mess these rich men’s servants (LNP) have made of the Australian economy in the past 12 months, they have been to Australia’s economy what Alan Joyce has been for Qantas profits and both have been disastrous for Australian jobs. Unfortunately at a time when Australia so desperately needs governments with vision and progressive ideas to take our nation forward the conservatives are harking back to the future with last centuries technology of coal fired power stations instead of moving forward with 21st century technology, to both create jobs and to fight potentially destructive climate change.
What a mess!
Regards,
Shaun Newman

The pressure imposed

27.08.14
Letter to the Editor
The pressure imposed upon back bench members of an underperforming government is obvious as North Queensland federal MPs, Senator Ian McDonald and Ewen Jones go at each other in a display of disoriented lack of party discipline in recent days.
The federal conservative coalition government is in a shambles, they are continuing to fight among each other and blame each other for the rejection of their ultra-right wing policies by an angry Australian electorate.
The leadership of the LNP is at fault, the Senate won’t have a bar of their unfair policies, and the Australian public have had a gutful of being treated like second class citizens. Perhaps the time has arrived for a Double Dissolution?
Regards,
Shaun Newman
Email – sne35565@westnet.com.au

I write today

18.08.2014
Letter to the Editor
I write today as a wealthy man (the proud owner of a 1991 model Holden Commodore) in response to the Debra Gibson LttE “Stop exporting our jobs TB 18.08.14” This very strange political analysis is absolutely astounding as to the conclusions it draws.
At one point the letter acknowledges that the Howard government tried to destroy unions and later in the letter argues that unions should be stronger but in a sensible way, not radical? Any improvements in ordinary workers’ wages or conditions are considered radical by the current conservative governments.
The author also laments Australian jobs being exported to overseas workers, by corporate Australia, who in the main are represented by the conservative governments, mate, you can’t have it both ways. I do agree with some of the objectives in the letter, however continuing to vote for conservative governments will take us further away from those objectives.
I’d also like to compliment the Townsville Bulletin cartoonist for their “Strong Choices” cartoon today highlighting that 56% of Townsvillians want a new superstadium and entertainment centre and that even more, 58% do not want the Port of Townsville sold/leased. Given the amount of billion dollar projects under way in south-east Queensland at present, without asset sales, one can certainly relate to the majority of Townsvillians feelings.
Regards,
Shaun Newman

I was surprised

17.08.14
Letter to the Editor
I was surprised to see that the NSW LNP have chosen not to contest the upcoming by-elections of Newcastle and Charleston whose LNP holders have both resigned from the NSW parliament in disgrace due to ICAC corruption hearings.
This appears to me, to be admitting by omission, that the NSW branch of the Liberal and National parties are so corrupt that they could not find a person with clear credentials to contest the elections. The Labor Party also has issues with corruption though I assume that not all the members of that party in NSW are tainted with the corruption brush, and that they will be able to run candidates in both these by-elections.
Regards,
Shaun Newman

Townsville Blog.

17.08.14
Letter to the Editor
I was surprised to see that the NSW LNP have chosen not to contest the upcoming by-elections of Newcastle and Charleston whose LNP holders have both resigned from the NSW parliament in disgrace due to ICAC corruption hearings.
This appears to me, to be admitting by omission, that the NSW branch of the Liberal and National parties are so corrupt that they could not find a person with clear credentials to contest the elections. The Labor Party also has issues with corruption though I assume that not all the members of that party in NSW are tainted with the corruption brush, and that they will be able to run candidates in both these by-elections.
Regards,
Shaun Newman

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I was surprised

17.08.14
Letter to the Editor
I was surprised to see that the NSW LNP have chosen not to contest the upcoming by-elections of Newcastle and Charleston whose LNP holders have both resigned from the NSW parliament in disgrace due to ICAC corruption hearings.
This appears to me, to be admitting by omission, that the NSW branch of the Liberal and National parties are so corrupt that they could not find a person with clear credentials to contest the elections. The Labor Party also has issues with corruption though I assume that not all the members of that party in NSW are tainted with the corruption brush, and that they will be able to run candidates in both these by-elections.
Regards,
Shaun Newman

I have personally wondered

16.08.14
Letter to the Editor
I have personally wondered about the semantics of the Newman government lately in Townsville, especially in connection with the police service. My eyebrows rose when recently we in the Northern Beaches suburbs of Townsville were granted an all-terrain vehicle to chase motorbike and ATV hoons ahead of the Mackay police service who had applied for the vehicle. This came about because the LNP member for Hinchinbrook and Mines Minister in the Newman government had given our area (his electorate) priority. Then came “The police hub” as distinct from “police station” placed in another LNP members’ electorate, all designed to promote the aforementioned LNP members profile within their respective electorates, and proving that government revenue does in fact exist to fund this selected government spending in favoured electorates.
Then came the front page story 16.08.14 Townsville Bulletin “LAST RITES-Poll reveals city’s LNP MPs face the chopping block” which refers to a recent Galaxy poll conducted for the newspaper in the Townsville area. The first statistic that took my eye was that 58% of those polled were against the planned Newman LNP government public assets sale, with only 25% in support of such a move. We in Townsville have seen a succession of Queensland government advertising lately telling us how well our hospital was being managed and how well the Newman appointed hospital board was performing, they did not elaborate enough to advise us of where the funds with which to do the job over the past 18 months had actually come from though?
A local journalist has cynically suggested that the Newman government should throw their chequebook at Townsville projects to re-attract LNP votes, how very shallow a concept this is. Townsville people understand that this LNP government has not, and do not care about rural and regional Queensland, and they are not about to change their collective minds at 5 minutes to midnight because of a last minute bribe of desperation from the Newman government.
One of Townsville’s local LNP MPs is the Local Government Minister Crisafulli who now claims to want to hear the priorities of all Townsville groups (why now) he should look at this poll and combine it with recent historical by-election results in Brisbane to understand the 10% swing away from his party in Townsville, accompanied with the Redcliffe and Stafford swings of 17.1% and 18.6% respectfully is yet another signal that the Newman LNP government in Queensland is on the way out at the next election in 8 months. The LNP in Townsville has had all the backing of business as one would expect, but the people have a different view and are expressing it freely. The LNP pollies always say that they will work harder; the lack of effort is a telling factor here, as is the direction that they are taking, (the wrong direction) the Queensland public have had enough of their ultra-right wing policies and have decided that it is time for the LNP to go. The lesson that was delivered by the aforementioned by-elections has not been learnt by the LNP “WE DON’T WANT OUR ASSETS SOLD.”
Regards,
Shaun Newman