As Rudd is to federal politics, Beattie is to state politics.
All spin, big promises, non-delivery, escalating costs, disaster, exit.
I have put up Henry’s chart about the amazing increase in public debt that occurred under the Beattie/Bligh government. If we went back further, it would be even clearer that the rot really set in under Beattie and she effectively kicked an hospital pass to Anna Bligh by resigning in 2007. And note in particular that Queensland lost its AAA rating in early 2009.
Just look at the record of Queensland Labor:
- The number of public sector workers in Queensland rose from 160,000 to over 200,000 under the Labor government. Employment in Queensland Health alone rose by two-thirds in a decade, to over 80,000 in total.
- There was a blowout in the amount spent on public servants of 8.7 per cent a year under Labor. 3.5 per cent was attributed to the number of employees and 5.2 per cent to growth of wages. This was far higher public expenditure growth than the national average.
And of course there were some particular clangers – eg. Dr Death in Bunderberg, the health payroll fiasco and the disastrous infrastructure projects – Brisconnects and all those tunnels – in which the taxpayer or the quasi-taxpayer, QIC – is on the hook.
Beattie – talk about delusional and pity the guy who was pushed aside so Beattie could stand for Forde.