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A Xmas present from Campbell Newman

November 13th, 2012

One of the jobs I had marked on my calendar for the holiday season was dismantling the second interim report of the Costello Audit Commission, due to be delivered on 30 November. While it’s obviously necessary to respond to these exercises in deception, I can think of plenty of better ways to spend the summer break. Fortunately, Campbell Newman turned out to be even less keen on defending the report than I was on attacking it. The government has announced the report won’t be released after all, so we won’t see anything more from Costello until February. Thanks, Can-Do!

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  1. Ikonoclast
    November 13th, 2012 at 09:23 | #1

    Promo of a previous article by JQ on Crikey: “Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls’ first budget is a startling exercise in self-contradiction. Health services will be the worst hit, writes John Quiggin.”

    Well called. That’s exactly what we have seen with “Can Scrooge” Newman taking the razor to aged and infirm care in Qld just before Christmas. Several closures are now in the pipeline. It won’t be much of a Christmas for these people or their families.

    But so long as horse racing and car races are subsidised and a new government Taj Mahal is planned! Who cares if the aged and infirm are thrown out to stay who knows where! Got to get the priorities of privilege and “noblesse dis-oblige” right haven’t we?

  2. Julie Thomas
  3. Julie Thomas
    November 13th, 2012 at 10:32 | #3

    too many links – but they are all relevant to the post.


    That’s the one for the tunnel not making money

  4. Jim
    November 14th, 2012 at 11:23 | #4

    Perhaps the LNP have been reading some quotes from Abraham Lincoln to guide their public disclosure and consultation strategies…..

    “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”

  5. may
    November 14th, 2012 at 14:27 | #5


    “you can fool some of the people some of the time but not all of the people all of the time”


    “as long as you fool enough of the people at election time”.

  6. Dan
    November 15th, 2012 at 22:01 | #6

    Is the implication that – shock, horror – Qld isn’t in a financial hole after all, and that the publication of some very pedestrian findings will puncture the justification for Newman’s policy agenda?

  7. Ben
    November 26th, 2012 at 07:48 | #7

    Or, Dan, it could be that Costello is willing to pump up more dodginess (to be rebutted by Professor Quiggin and Professor Walker), but Can Dupe is not feeling up to another fight at the moment, with Moby Palmer and others no longer on board the LNP ship.

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