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Springborg, Seeney, Simpson

September 18th, 2006

Queensland opposition leader Lawrence Springborg has quit. The reason given “to spend more time with his family” is often a euphemism, but in this case it’s the real deal. I thought Springborg was the best of the National party leaders I’ve observed, with the arguable exception of Mike Ahern.

His replacement, Jeff Seeney has always struck me as a thug and, from the reports I’ve seen, I’m not alone in this view. Since he has no chance of becoming Premier, except if he can manage to push through a merger with the Liberal party, and hold on to the leadership of the combined party, I don’t suppose this matters too much.

I managed to ignore Fiona Simpson altogether in my Fin piece last week, writing that the Nats had been wiped out on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts (Mark Bahnisch alerted me to this error). Simpson has held the seat of Maroochydore for some time an now she’s popped up as Deputy Leader. I’ll chance another unchecked assertion and say that this is the most senior parliamentary position to be held by a woman in the National Party. please feel free to correct this.

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  1. Hal9000
    September 18th, 2006 at 14:55 | #1

    Karlene Maywald is the leader of the Nationals in South Australia. Not that there’s much competition – she’s the only Nationals MP. But, unusually, she’s also in the Rann Labor Cabinet, as Minister for Regional Development. She’s excused Cabinet solidarity outside her portfolio, by the by.

  2. September 18th, 2006 at 23:07 | #2

    I’m prepared to argue Mike Ahern. He was a dill.

    The only leader the National Party has had was Joh. The rest have been varying degrees of ponces. The only possible exceptions being Borbidge (who for reasons known only to himself chose to fall on his sword electorally) and Springborg, who has probably had a gutful of pushing it uphill, which is what leading the National Party in Queensland has become.

    Vaughan Johnson wants the leadership VERY badly.

  3. September 19th, 2006 at 00:17 | #3

    Senator Lady Bjelke-Petersen was deputy leader of the Nationals in the Senate from 1985 to 1990.

  4. Spiros
    September 19th, 2006 at 00:24 | #4

    SATP, surely you must think highly of Russell Cooper.

  5. Spiros
    September 19th, 2006 at 00:27 | #5

    I see from John’s link that Seeney is pleased with the “bad cop” role he played under Springborg’s leadership.

    Probably not the best metaphor from an aspiring Queensland politician, especially one from the National Party.

  6. September 19th, 2006 at 04:33 | #6

    Er.. Spiros, are you confusing “thinking highly” with “good leader”?

    Russell Cooper comes under neither banner.

    Please provide your reasons why one should think highly of Russell Cooper.

  7. Hal9000
    September 19th, 2006 at 08:58 | #7

    SATP, surely Russ’s political suicide bombing – outing himself in order to bring down Mackenroth over the travel rorts affair – is worthy of some commendation.

  8. September 19th, 2006 at 10:01 | #8

    Nicklin was a ‘ponce’?

  9. Hal9000
    September 19th, 2006 at 11:59 | #9

    And Jack Pizzey?

  10. September 19th, 2006 at 13:00 | #10

    Hal: Russell Cooper is of the highest integrity. Something which cannot be said of all party leaders.

    As the leader of a party he was nothing to jerk one’s thumb at.

    Rather unfortunate that Mackenroth didn’t do gaol time. Instead he endured a short banishment, then returned to the ministry.

    Bringing down Mackenroth is something which I am very savage about. Mackenroth was in the very act of introducing a bill which would have made it possible to defend against home invaders without fear of legal repercussions for the victim.

    In short, we could have clobbered burglars & only the burglar could have been charged. THANK YOU russell cooper, THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!!

  11. September 19th, 2006 at 13:12 | #11

    Daryl Rosin: There is someone in Australia who was even BORN when Nicklin was premier? (er.. someone of that age who knows how to use the internet?)

    Certainly didn’t mean to imply he was a ponce. He was a returned serviceman. As I understand it he actually merged the National & Liberal parties (to use the present day names).

  12. September 19th, 2006 at 14:22 | #12

    According to the Pollbludger Fiona Simpson is a woman of many strong views:
    Simpson has won headlines over the years for proclaiming her virginity in her maiden speech, calling for castration and public floggings for rapists and violent criminals and describing the Goss government as “a toad to the radical homosexual lobby”.
    She strongly supported the party merger idea:
    http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=2785
    She has an Arts degree, one point in her favour.

  13. September 19th, 2006 at 17:47 | #13

    An arts degree is peripheral to political performance, NOT a positive/negative.

    Fiona Simpson is a silly cow, always has been, likely always to be.

  14. Spiros
    September 19th, 2006 at 20:34 | #14

    “Simpson has won headlines over the years for proclaiming her virginity in her maiden speech”

    That’s very funny.

  15. chris shannon
    September 20th, 2006 at 21:45 | #15

    All I remember of Borbidge now is that I felt sorry for him being lumbered with Sheldon – a bit like Sprinborg with Flegg so perhaps a blessing in disguide they lost. The ‘bor’ sound in national party leaders is a worry though, subliminally speaking.

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