A Xmas present from Campbell Newman

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!

7 thoughts on “A Xmas present from Campbell Newman

  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. 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.”

  3. or

    “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”.

  4. 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?

  5. @Dan
    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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