LNP ger­ry­man­der

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

AAAAW! Poor Stephen Ben­nett! Ben­nett and the rest of his LNP mates train­wrecked Queens­land’s econ­omy with vi­cious job and ser­vice cuts to re­gional Queens­land. He and the rest of his de­ceit­ful mates lied shame­lessly to Queens­land at the 2012 elec­tion. “Pub­lic ser­vants have noth­ing to fear from an LNP gov­ern­ment” pro­claimed Ben­nett’s hero, Camp­bell New­man, in 2012. Then Ben­nett and his mates sacked 25,000 pub­lic ser­vants and shut down vi­tal re­gional ser­vices. Now he’s howl­ing be­cause Queens­lan­ders pun­ished the LNP for their tawdry lies at the last elec­tion. And the LNP and Mr Ben­nett’s re­sponse? Some ac­knowl­edge­ment of their de­struc­tive de­ceit? Naah! He and his mates want to change the elec­tion rules now. They put up leg­is­la­tion to give five LNP rump seats four to five times the say at elec­tions than the rest of us. They want five western elec­torates to have just 8000 vot­ers and all other elec­torates to be 35000+. Too ar­ro­gant to ac­knowl­edge the dam­age the LNP brought to re­gional Queens­land, they now want to re­vert to the ger­ry­man­der Bjelke-Petersen made fa­mous and cheat their way back to gov­ern­ment. Ben­nett’s tawdry opin­ion piece be­moan­ing the fail­ure of the LNP to rort our vot­ing sys­tem (Isis Town & Coun­try Nov 5) re­minds one of a lit­tle kid chuck­ing a tantrum be­cause they can’t get their own way. Why don’t you just have a great big howl, Mr Ben­nett – re­mind Queens­land why they turfed your pa­thetic mob out on its ear.

Jim Nilon, North Isis

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