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Oh happy Queensland day

Over a few glasses of a ten dollar Merlot I watched the Rout of Labor last night and it was a great way to end a great day that started with me voting. What I found extraordinary was the fact that Labor were not even able to rouse more than one person to man the Dayboro booth and boy did I feel bad for that guy he was a man on the edge of tears in anticipation for the result that we all new was coming. Its people like him that I feel for today. those shattered ALP faithful who have been utterly destroyed by a result that could see less than ten Labor held seats in the new Parliament. As Ray will undoubtedly say this could be a  bad thing but I think that for the first term at least we are going to see a government that understands and appreciates the value of humility . In any event due to the fact that we have only one house of state parliament here in the sunshine state any majority, even a one seat majority, gives the governemnt of the day unfettered power to run things as they please.

So as I watch the sunrise I am now more than ever happy to live in the sunshine state secure in the knowledge that the result here will send a shiver down the collective  spine of Labor Party and maybe, just maybe, they will realise the folly of some of their mad policies (like the carbon tax), sadly I suspect that they will carry on regardless in which case I expect to be enjoying another few glasses of Merlot as the Gillard crew are as soundly trounced at the next Federal election.

  Cheers are just not enough Comrades

That is  especially for my brother, a believer in more ways than one



  1. Iain, massive margins aren’t good for democracy – strong oppositions mean strong politics, which means strong government. It’s highly unlikely that Queensland will have a strong government out of this. What it’ll have is the opposite of humility.

    Also how much is the general anti-Bligh and anti-Gillard sentiment because of the fact that they are women – might it be true that Australians just don’t like women in charge?

    PS I’m just glad I don’t live in Queensland; it’s a frightening state.

  2. Iain Hall says:

    Hi Nigel
    I really don’t think that Gender has had anything to do with the result both men and women Labor MPs have been swept away by the Newman Tsunami with equal ferocity. Bligh has simply paid for her duplicity at the last election of promising not to sell off the family Jewels or to scrap the 8c per litre “subsidy” on petrol only to then do precisely that once she had won the election.
    You would probably love Queensland if you spent some time up here, the weather around here where I live is generally pretty mellow, the locals have a lovely laid back generosity of spirit that is easy to like and now that we will have a competent government things can only get better!

  3. magsx2 says:

    Very Happy Day indeed. 😀
    It will take awhile but it will be great to see our wonderful State get back on it’s feet. 🙂

  4. Iain, me move to the Land of Joh? I don’t think so.

  5. Ray Dixon says:

    I think it was certainly a backlash against Gillard but not because she’s female. Because she knifed Rudd – twice.

  6. Paul says:


    Congratulations mate it seems like you certainly enjoyed this victory, enjoy it. Time for a bit of no nonsense down to business from the new bloke hey? Can’t wait until he turns around the gay marriage stupidity and uses his huge majority clout federally to moderate the worst excesses of that other nation wrecking woman.


  7. Ray Dixon says:

    me move to the Land of Joh? I don’t think so

    And it’s too wet up there, Nigel.

  8. Leon Bertrand says:


    I have to say that Julia Gillard didn’t have much to do with this result – which would have happened even if Kevin Rudd had won the recent leadership ballot.

    The major factors were these:
    1) The fact that Labor had ruled for the last 14 years, and for 20 of the last 22 years.
    2) Broken promises on the fuel subsidy and privatisation
    3) Campbell Newman’s popularity, particularly within Brisbane where the conservatives have traditionally struggled.
    4) The damage to and dissafection with the Labor brand generally
    5) Labor’s negative campaign collapsing when Anna Bligh admitted she had no evidence against Newman and the CMC summarily dismissed a complaint made by the ALP against him.

    In terms of federal politics, reasons 2 and 3 are relevant. Like Bligh, Gillard is unpopular because of her broken promises. And QLD voters these days are willing to vote against Labor in any election, as the 2010 federal election demonstrated.

    So this result is ominous for federal Labor as it suggests that the voters of QLD still have their baseball bats out and are waiting for the federal election to whack Labor once again.

    In my opinion, it’s yet another warning to federal Labor that they need to change leaders and tack before the next federal election or they may face a similar whitewash.

  9. Ray Dixon says:

    it’s yet another warning to federal Labor that they need to change leaders

    I agree with that part, Leon, but it contradicts your claim that the huge swing didn’t have much to do with Gillard’s unpopularity. I’ll wait until I hear what Gillard says about it before I fully explain my take on it.

  10. Leon Bertrand says:

    If you read my remarks carefully enough you will see there is no contradiction.

  11. Ray Dixon says:

    I read it carefully, Leon. You can’t, on the on hand say, “Julia Gillard didn’t have much to do with this result” and then, on the other hand, say the result means Gillard should be replaced. Therein is the contradiction.

    I agree she should be replaced … because she was a major contributor to the Qld debacle. More about that later though.

  12. Leon Bertrand says:


    What I’m saying is that although Gillard did not directly contribute to the result, there are implications to be drawn from looking at the causes of the result which are not good for Gillard or Federal Labor.

  13. Ray Dixon says:

    Yes, the cause (of the result) has a lot to do with Gillard and Qld’s hatred of what she did to Rudd. She was a major contributor to the blowout. You don’t seriously suggest it was predominantly about Bligh, do you? I agree she would have lost anyway but she would not have had the party routed from under her like that if it had not been for the Queenslanders taking out their anti-Gillard feelings as well.

    The strange thing is, Leon, that Queenslanders, having vented their spleens so ferociously, may now feel less need to do so in future. Don’t forget that by the time the Fed election comes around, they will have had 18 months of Newman and might just be regretting what they did. And if Rudd does come back (because, believe me this result puts Gillard under enormous pressure) they could swing the other way.

  14. GD says:

    Ray, it was predominantly about Labor full stop. Their ideology is on the nose with the majority of the electorate, both state and federally. Australians don’t want, and won’t accept, the type of socialism that these neophyte socialists have been attempting to bring in.

    The baseball bats are still swinging for the federal election. This was merely a warm-up.

    Come 2013, it’ll be pay-back time.

  15. GD says:

    The QLD election was also slap in the face for the loonie Greens. Not one seat. This is the party that has foisted the carbon tax, and myriad useless and wasteful government initiatives on the populace. Labor and the Greens are barking up the wrong tree, or should that be hugging the wrong tree.

  16. Iain Hall says:

    GD I reckon that baseball bats will not be the weapon of choice against federal Labor, rather its very likely that these will be popular come polling day:

    A credible source informs me that a special version is being mass produced in Maroon for that extra ‘Queenslander” thwack!

  17. GD says:

    oh dear! that looks like something Pickering would draw..

  18. Iain Hall says:

    Is a screen shot from the PS3 game call “Saints Row the Third” GD and they call the weapon “The Penetrator”

  19. Leon Bertrand says:


    It turns out you may have a point about Julia Gillard’s contribution to the result – nearly half of voters in exit polls confirmed that the carbon tax influenced their vote.

    I think however that Rudd’s elevation to PM would not stop the baseball bats. Unless they get rid of the carbon tax, the Opposition will rightly argue that the change of leaders still means that the same bad old policies remain.

  20. Ray Dixon says:

    I’m waiting for her to actually say something about it, Leon. She’s left the country without fronting the press. I reckon she knows her position is untenable.

  21. Richard Ryan says:

    I hear the brown paper bags will be back in fashion, in a little while.

  22. Richard Ryan says:

    BUT as Joh use to say, never you mind that!

  23. Richard Ryan says:

    Have the Aborigines got the vote yet? up there in the “Deep South”. Shalom.

  24. Leon Bertrand says:

    Actually Ray, Gillard commented on it just this afternoon:


    Unsurprisingly, she’s claimed that it has nothing to do with her, a claim contradicted by the exit polls.

    I agree that this result makes Gillard’s position untenable, particularly since it shows Queenslanders are deadly serious about giving Labor a kicking. But she was terminal before this in my view.

    If I was a federal Labor MP, I would be panicking now. This is really, really bad for the government.

  25. GD says:

    Are you allowed to vote, Richard?

  26. Iain Hall says:

    I think that changing leader won’t save Labor if the truth be known Leon they are so much on the nose that they may just emulate Queensland result federally. The question becomes the same as it was up here, not a case of will they lose, but how badly will they lose.

  27. Richard Ryan says:

    Terrorism! Be alert, but not alarmed——said the war-criminal John Howard——imagine that.

  28. Richard Ryan says:

    Media—call it a blood bath! Let’s wait till Abbott becomes leader, if ever—-and then let’s have real blood on the streets of Australia. Can’t wait. Shalom.

  29. GD says:

    Are you allowed out unaccompanied Richard?

  30. Iain Hall says:

    Actually Richard by the time that Labor have finished imploding federally the way that they have up here the people of Australia will just be thankful that the coalition is there to run a competent government and if there is ‘blood on the streets” it will be from the (ever diminishing) hordes of desperate lefties like you committing suicide because they know that there will be a conservative government in this country for a generation at least.

  31. Richard Ryan says:

    Let’s wait and see. But I am excited. Shalom.

  32. Iain Hall says:

    Is that a sort of “we who are about to die” excitement Richard?

  33. Richard Ryan says:

    ” QUEENSLAND is not a state,it’s a state of mind” ——- Menzies.

  34. GD says:

    That’s what I’m talking about, Richard, a state of mind – yours.

  35. Iain Hall says:

    It always amazes me GD that so many Mexicans southerners love to bag Queensland but they still fall over themselves to holiday here and so many of them are fleeing their homes in the south to live up here. Its the same old problem of bloody migrants not having respect for the superior host culture if you ask me 😉

  36. Iain Hall says:

    Yes it is GD but its also the only way that Newman can get rid of him (by encouraging him to resign) without having to cost the people a big payout for his just renewed three year contract. Its good “Can do” politics by any measure!

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