Out with the old
“YA GONE” ... that was all Jason O’brien’s text message read.
The message came from the floor of Queensland Parliament when I was sitting in the Douglas Shire Council.
Andrew Fraser had just read out Douglas’s name on the ALP’S list of “dead councils walking” - that was it, “Ya Gone”.
Fraser’s greed for power saw him take on the role of Minister of Local Government.
I never forget the fear on the poor boy’s face as he walked into the Surfers Paradise Convention Centre, flanked by bodyguards, to the rolling boos of every mayor and councillor in Queensland.
By odd chance I ran into Fraser, alone, outside this 2000-head dinner, under the moonlight, gutlessly trying to slip out the back.
I didn’t miss the chance to tell him this would not be his only untimely exit.
Well, Jason, now you and your upstart treasurer are both out of a job.
My instant reply to Jason’s text message was not very instant in effect, but it eventually rang true - “Jason, mate, if we’re gone ... you’re gone”. That was four years ago. It was Beattie who sowed the seeds that toppled the ALP, exiting to a cozy job after selling out the ALP’S funders, the developers behind the Property Council and his mates at the Australian Workers Union.
Captain Bligh was basically set to sea on SIEV X of evil deals done by Beattie. And so it goes. In comes a new lot. Brace yourself everyone, all Queensland parliamentarians are hardly renowned for their credibility.
But blessed be Douglas, the gates to your path back to self rule have just been unlocked.