The Chook vs. The Freckle

FORGET coronavirus, about which a majority of Queenslanders couldn’t care less. I think today’s election will be a classic contest between the south-east corner and all the rest. That means the LNP needs unexpected wins in and around the capital to have any chance of outright victory. Because the Premier decided to sacrifice the tourism sector to impress the tens of thousands of public servants in Greater Brisbane who love lockdowns and despise unseemly private enterprise, there will be enough anger on the coast to make it interesting. I haven’t written about the campaign hitherto, largely because the US, New South Wales and Victorian situations have been – or seemed to be – more culturally important.

Generally speaking, that’s true but the Sunshine State is – if nothing else – a slice of the Western world in late 2020; voters are expected to take stock of all the weirdness and “measures” of “pandemic times” and reward, endorse, fire or flee accordingly. Annastacia Palaszczuk has been credited with real mastery of that most time-honoured of geo-political plays: demonising southerners. Never before, however, has the old game destroyed so many lives. Apart from channelling an inverted version of Sir Joh, she has exhibited no virtuosity in any other field. The state’s books might be under lock and key until after the election but you don’t need to be Peter Walsh to know they’re a shambles. Budget-wise, Queensland is a tyre fire being left to burn.

When the Premier warns that Deb Frecklington will “cut jobs,” she is, by definition, saying an LNP government will try to put it out. Which it wouldn’t, by the way – not to the extent claimed and not to the extent necessary. If you remember The Ghost and Mrs Muir, you’ll understand what Campbell Newman is to Mrs Frecklington. Both sides have recklessly ‘promised’ various ‘projects’ Queensland can’t afford but the Premier has done this with a reckless cynicism that augurs very badly for the state’s future. The Opposition Leader is not the heroine of a moral contest between the two, however. The best you could say of her is that she couldn’t possibly do any worse and may be inclined – over time – to do better.

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37 Responses to The Chook vs. The Freckle

  1. Leigh Lowe

    The Opposition Leader is not the heroine of a moral contest between the two, however. The best you could say of her is that she couldn’t possibly do any worse and may be inclined – over time – to do better.

    Paid up LNP shill!!

  2. A reader

    Flush this mob. Paul Murray is providing the domestos

  3. Rusty of Qld

    This election is there for the winning by the LNP. However as they are to effing stupid to get in the ring and fight with everything they can muster, I don’t think they will. There is so much ammunition they could blast the ALP with it’s not funny, but they haven’t even bothered or are too stupid exploit the full range of
    Labour’s failures.

  4. Tintarella di Luna

    Unlike the Freckle who appears to have had a rather varied life and career before entering politics Anaesthesia Parasite has never lived outside the Labor coc oon and unfortunately more and more that is going the way of many Liberal politicians too — they eschew the reality of small business people and heaven forfend people who actually do hands-on work other than keyboarding for a living.

  5. Tintarella di Luna

    sorry if my comment appears more than once.

  6. John A

    Davey Boy #3638668, posted on October 31, 2020, at 12:54 pm

    but but women are better leaders! So whoever wins, we’ll all be better off.

    From your linked article, the Editor’s Note introducing the author(ess):

    Michelle P. King is the director of Inclusion at Netflix and the author of …

    So she would say that, wouldn’t she?

  7. John Bayley

    9 candidates in my regional city electorate.

    Their self-promotion columns in the local paper can best be described by H.L. Mencken’s quote:

    “Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.”

    Not one small government-type person to be found there, but certainly plenty of new spending programs.

    None of them seem to know that only the RBA has the money printer, not the state mob.

    So, I have again voted ‘None of the above’, with a written-in ‘1’ for ‘LDP’.

    Of course, there are no LDP candidates around here. And the locals would not elect them if there were.

    Because The Chook has saved us, and because only the government can continue to do that.

    Just like in Victoria and elsewhere.

  8. Rockdoctor

    Brisbane could give up a couple of seats to the greens that would put some pressure on Anna, they are going to lose seats in the north Barron River, Townsville, Mundingburra will all go to the LNP. Cairns will stay ALP but Thuringowa may flip to KAP or PHON. Burdekin actually is a race for once, Dale Last LNP has a decent opponant with Sam Cox of KAP and will probably go to which way the odious Brunker from the ALP directs his preferences.

    Marani will likely stay with PHON, Mackay. Gladstone pretty safe for Labor. Rocky could get interesting, stack of candidates vying this time and a swing against ALP on primary by PHON of 20% last time round.

    Anywhere south of Gladstone looking LNP territory outside Brisbane and ALP inside. Interesting is SF&F making an appearance in Southern Downs, I’ll be interested to see how they go as they are effectively white anting the Nationals in NSW.

  9. Rockdoctor

    Marani will likely stay with PHON, Mackay. Gladstone pretty safe for Labor.

    Meant to read: Marani will likely stay with PHON. Mackay, Gladstone pretty safe for Labor.

    Damn punctuation.

  10. Roger

    The state’s books might be under lock and key until after the election …

    Imagine any organisation holding an AGM without a Treasurer’s report.

    At the governmental level it borders on the criminal.

    Yet Queenslanders appear to be about to give Palaszczuk a pass.

  11. John Bayley

    Yet Queenslanders appear to be about to give Palaszczuk a pass.

    Of course.

    Because she ‘saved us’ from Coronadoom….

    Like Dan did in Victoria.

    And, she has ‘a plan’, dontcha know?
    All those new jobs in the public sector will ‘stimulate the economy’.

    Stupid state, stupid country.
    And, as Forrest Gump already said some 25 years ago, ‘you can’t cure stupid’.

  12. Roger

    FORGET coronavirus, about which a majority of Queenslanders couldn’t care less. I think today’s election will be a classic contest between the south-east corner and all the rest.

    Basically it’s a contest between the productive people who produce the wealth and the profligate people who consume it at an ever increasing rate (to the tune of $100bn public debt).

    The Tocquevillean end point for QLD dem0ocracy looms on the horizon.

  13. wal1957

    John Bayley nailed it.

    ALP Qlds version of stimulating the economy by creating jobs, jobs, jobs is to hire public servants FFS!
    They must have all attended the Emma Albascreachy school of commerce!

  14. Rockdoctor

    Salvatore, Social Distance Martyr
    #3638810, posted on October 31, 2020 at 2:49 pm
    Mirani.

    Suitably corrected. I should know that as I used to drive the Peak Downs Hwy weekly!!!

  15. mh

    There will be lots of hail occurring to the west and south of Brisbane right now.

    Tonight I’m hoping it will be hail the new chief.

  16. vr

    Just voted in the Maiwar electorate. It went green last time around.

  17. H B Bear

    Qld heading towards $100bn in debt. It is a nice place to be unemployed, assuming you are not in the public service that is. Maybe 6 months ahead of the rest of the former federation known as Australia.

  18. 2dogs

    2dogs prediction: Although ALP % of the vote will be high, most of it will be locked up in SEQ seats preventing them from getting any headway against the LNP. Even in SEQ, the Greens will perform strongly, causing the ALP to lose seats.

    In regional QLD, the ALP will lose a few seats. KAP will be very competitive, making it difficult for the LNP to increase their overall total.

    End result will be the LNP needing to do a deal with KAP to win government.

  19. Botswana O'Hooligan

    Yairs, it’s “Mirani” alright. They reckoned Joh was a crook but Qld. boomed along under his rule, so if that is a yardstick of crookedness, this pack of ba…rds must be saints mustn’t they? Joh had us in surplus, this mob have us in a deficit of over 100 billion and will add to that amount in a canter if they retain power. Don’t you worry about that.

  20. Pete D.

    On a lighter note. My freckled chook does what she was designed for and has the naturally ability to do. She lays eggs and nurtures her offspring when necessary. Does not pretend to be something she ‘aint. She is an asset. More value to me than the 2 previously mentioned pretenders.

  21. Roger

    End result will be the LNP needing to do a deal with KAP to win government.

    If Google Trends remains on form it will be Palaszczuk forming a government (and she may not even need Green support to do so).

    On the positive side of things, it’s also predicting a win for Trump.

  22. H B Bear

    I guess we will have to wait for the iron ore price to drop till we see the end of Fat Clive.

  23. Squirrel

    Excellent as it would be to see the Pluckaduck clown show given the boot, it would be poetic justice for them to survive as a minority government and have to deal with the irresponsible, unsustainable spending they have been using to buy votes over the last two terms.

    Even if a minority Labor government manages to avoid serious spending cutbacks for a while longer, there will still have been enough time for buyer remorse to set in among Qld. voters by the time of the next federal election – and keeping Labor out federally is far more important than (we would hope) some improvement in the management of state government responsibilities in Qld.

  24. mundi

    I live in SE QLD and there has been basically no LNP campaign. There was a one ad that mumbled something about “don’t forget labor’s failures” and didn’t even mention LNP.

    When i went to vote today, it was 9 labor stooges. And that’s it. Not even a sign for a single other candidate, let alone a person.

    Everyone has given up even bothering to challenge labour i particularly around the stronghold of welfare slums that are the safe seats of the premier and her treasurer.

    The treasurer doesn’t even live in his electorate, just throws his trash out the window as he drives by and collects his 70% primary vote.

    It is worse the the most cucked areas of california.

    The state schools schools basically churn out good little welfare stooges who are told lnp is evil and only ALP will give them free stuff

  25. What mundi said.

    Even if the Freckle gets up with a minority party deal the euphoria will be short lived when she reveals herself to be a Kean clone.

  26. Rockdoctor

    Sky briefly talking up Brunkers chances in Burdekin, yeah nah. Will do well in Moranbah, Dysart & Collinsville elsewhere no. Be between Last & Cox.

  27. Rockdoctor

    Awww watching Sky think I am going to vomit. Whoever put that together about the chook, well… Words escape me.

  28. Bad Samaritan

    In Burdekin you have Brunker ALP who is a total arsehat. He’s on the council at about $130,000 a year and has been defeated numerous times when running for state and federal seats. Dale Last will wipe the floor with him. Basically an old favourite in Bowen but detested everywhere else. Still the very best Labor could find.

    Meanwhile in Whitsundays, the fallout from sitting former-LNP member being expelled from the party means it’s close…but the LNP will win. Labor has done the usual; put a state school principle up as it’s great hope….simultaneously telling parents that their kids will be indoctrinated by a partisan hack if they choose to send them to a state school. How this helps Labor is not clear.

  29. Herodotus

    Pallychook: we had a fair and honourable election because it was between two women leaders – Oh, and I won!
    Frecklingtone: I’m proud of the campaign we ran.

  30. Roger

    Google Trends wins again.

  31. Roger

    Frecklington determined to stay on as leader.

    I don’t think so, Deb.

  32. Ed Case

    ***The treasurer doesn’t even live in his electorate, just throws his trash out the window as he drives by and collects his 70% primary vote.***
    Fair suck!
    Would you live in Kingston, where you can’t hang the washing on the line because it will be stolen,
    and Police Cars will be in the street 30 times a day on weekends?

  33. Beertruk

    Acland Stage Three will now be decided by the High Court. This has been dragging on for nearly 13 years.

  34. theleftfootkick

    Dan Andrews won that election for Palawhatever, after he announced the 2nd lockdown, manner from heaven for her!

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