Monthly Archives: March 2016

The obvious paralysis


The obvious paralysis within the LNP Turnbull government following the resignation of Minister Bruff around Christmas time, followed in quick succession by the sacking/resignations of both Minister Briggs and Minister Robert has split the Liberal Party almost down the middle. To add to the disunity within the Liberal Party, as if they needed any more disunity, is added to by the former Prime Minister Tony Abbott visibly destabilizing the government by taking every opportunity to comment on his successor keeping his wretched ultra-right wing policies.

All this political chatter is dragging support away from the disunited Liberal Party, and the last thing this party needed is renewed talk concerning Senator Sinodinos the LNP government’s Cabinet Secretary and his appearances before the NSW ICAC Corruption Commission. Mr Abbott is obviously running for re-election in a safe Liberal Party seat so as to have another go at the Liberal Party leadership, and thus he hopes, the Prime Ministership.

The nation took a giant gasp of relief when Mr Abbott was knifed by Mr Turnbull however, not the National Party who don’t like Mr Turnbull.  Mr Abbott openly states Mr Turnbull is running on Mr Abbott’s ultra-right wing policies that Australians dislike immensely, will logical thinking Australians really give this divided LNP another term of furious ultra-right wing LNP policies? If we re-elect the same government and expect a different result in policies with perhaps Mr Abbott back at the helm, we would be crazy. I don’t think we will, we have been badly burnt by the LNP and I for one don’t expect the Australian people to come back for more austerity policies, when we know that big business is not pulling their weight and their LNP mates are doing absolutely nothing to address the matter.


Shaun Newman



There has never been a more exciting time to be…………unemployed? Thousands of Townsville families are doing it tough at present, not least of which are the 787 families affected by the ugly side of unregulated capitalism at Yabulu. The State government is doing its part in creating jobs, in the Townsville area, but thus far the LNP who have been talking in Canberra for weeks about funding a dam at Hell’s Gate and pipeline to Townsville have done nothing concrete, we need a little less conversation and a lot more action.

I was not initially a supporter of a new stadium for Townsville, however we badly need the jobs, and have done so for a long time, yet the federal government have not acted on that request either, what do they have against Townsville? We look to our governments in these times, and to see our requests fall flat is an indictment on the LNP government in Canberra. Is it that they feel that the whole of North Queensland is represented by conservative politicians that we can be taken for granted?

It is the epitome of stupidity to elect the same politicians and expect a different result; it’s time that we had a good think as to what is better for us and our communities and acted accordingly. We desperately need a change from the austerity policies of the Abbott/Turnbull LNP government, please think long and hard as to how you cast your vote on the 2nd of July.


In reply to Wayne


Letter to the Editor

*** As requested in the past by D.Bilton, I would appreciate the right of reply to Wayne 4812 in today’s TtE section.

In reply to Wayne TtE 22.03.16, what a shameless misrepresentation of my views by the Libs master texter, not that I am ‘Labor’s patron’ as he/she claims.

Yes I did agree with the ‘pink bats’ system, it was hungry ‘small business’ who did not comply with WH&S laws who were at fault in these cases and of course I feel sorry for the families of the 4 ‘victims,’ of small business failures, as for the school halls, you will find every school in Australia ‘private’ or ‘public’ making full use of these badly needed facilities, both these initiatives were in response to a ‘Global Financial Crisis’ or has Wayne conveniently forgotten that fact? Global actually means worldwide, Australia the ‘only’ country not to go into recession.

On to my thoughts as to why Labor opposed the greater audit powers for the ATO in my humble opinion was simply because the multinational tax avoidance continuing scandal was not an audit problem with the current laws, it was that simply the current laws are inadequate to deal with the problem, it is the law that needs to be changed and modernized. For example under current laws these corporates making in excess of $100 million per annum, with the multitude of taxation deductions that apply to them can legally go without paying taxes – this is the crux of the matter, the LNP Legislation tried to shift responsibility for the change of law that is still required. I believe that I stated ‘at least from 2013 when the LNP was elected’ if I did not, I sincerely apologize however what we now know is that these multinational have not paid a cent in tax at least from 2013 when the LNP were elected, it could have gone on much longer, I note that the LNP has not sought to investigate how long this situation has actually occurred, and most likely don’t want to know. The situation however, is unfair to PAYE employees who pay their taxes as a matter of course.

I am not a member of any party, merely an observer and a student in Australian politics, and the sleight of hand used so often by the LNP to protect their masters in corporate Australia. If I make plausible argument that you need to defend I’m flattered by your attention.


Shaun Newman

I am writing


I am writing in relation to the State government’s $35 Billion infrastructure fund and Townsville’s share of that particular fund. I am not a member of any political party however it seems obvious to me that such a fund could do a lot if shared correctly with regional Queensland. So I submit the following idea’s for consideration. Firstly Queensland is the most decentralized State in Australia with the capital a long way from North Queensland (Sarina to the Torres Straight Islands). Whichever party is elected be it LNP or ALP the same basic funding formula is applied, I don’t recall a boost to North Queensland under the Newman LNP Brisbane centric State government, What has to change for the benefit of regional Queensland, that is Central and North Queensland is the funding formula to grow the State.

My proposal is for regional funding, South Queensland, Central and North Queensland. While the South region will always have the numbers in the terms of population and thus numbers of parliamentary seats (thus the majority) I suggest that perhaps the region of South Queensland should receive 40% of that funding with Central and North Queensland sharing 30% each. This would give the regions a huge boost in employment and boost our regional as well as our overall economies.

Failing this the time is now right for North Queensland to be its own State, with our commerce and minerals province to be shared around North Queensland, using the same elected representatives as we have now to begin the North Queensland parliament. This would see our massive mineral resources helping to build our State rather than go toward building $200 million highways in S-E Qld.

We have given the next Queensland government 4 years, now it is time that North Queensland built our own future as it seems obvious that we have never had any help from the Brisbane based State government.


Shaun Newman


The frustration of being



The frustration of being a policy free zone is beginning to tell on the Abbott/Turnbull government as they shrink away from the media because primarily they have nothing to say, on the other hand the Labor Opposition has handed out policy in several areas and the ALP looks very competitive in the polls.

We voters expected to see a huge change from the austerity policies of Mr Abbott, but instead were given the partial privatization of Medicare, where we will now have to pay for blood tests and pap smears among other pathology cost that were previously met by Medicare. We of course still pay the Medicare levy, but now we get less for the payment of that levy.

The people are at last awakening to the real LNP philosophy of a fully privatized Australia, one step at a time. They have successfully broken every pre-election promise made by the then leader Mr Abbott, they simply can’t be trusted to do anything to help ‘people’ and are only interested in helping ‘big business’ which does not include small business. On social media there are more and more calls for the calling of an election. C’mon Mr Turnbull pull the trigger.

P.S. Great to see that the overwhelming majority have finally woken up to Team Tyrell/ Townsville First/ Team Arlett poor judgement on Ms Arlett’s behalf to accept these failed Councillor’s on to her team.