Han­son’s come­back bid a bless­ing

Townsville Bulletin - - Text The Editor -

PAULINE Han­son’s a t - tempted re­turn yet again to pol­i­tics is be­ing viewed with the usual cyn­i­cism.

The fiery Han­son is hav­ing a pitch at the NSW Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil in the loom­ing elec­tion, where La­bor is tipped to be cast out of of­fice and into po­lit­i­cal limbo for years to come.

Well, I reckon peo­ple should be thank­ing her for two rea­sons:

• Ms Han­son’s en­try into the field for the pam­pered up­per house has added an in­ter­est­ing lit­tle sideshow to a bor­ing NSW elec­tion in which ev­ery­one is cer­tain about the over­all re­sult.

• Ms Han­son is per­form­ing a won­der­ful pub­lic ser­vice north of the bor­der by re­mind­ing us how lucky we are in Queens­land not to have an up­per house.

Paul Keat­ing – you ei­ther loved him or loathed him as prime min­is­ter – de­scribed the nation’s up­per house as a n ‘ ‘ u n r e p r e s e n t a t i v e swill’’, and who are we to ar­gue when it comes to the Se­nate or any of the up­per houses in the land?

Yes, but what a lurk! Imag­ine, win­ning a seat now- adays in the Se­nate gives you a well-paid job for six years and no pesky lo­cal con­stituents, if you re­ally want to be slack about it.

Queens­land used to have an up­per house, but right from the word go many saw it as a bad idea.

When Premier Ted Theodore fi­nally got his way in 1922 and the Queens­land up­per cham­ber voted it­self out of ex­is­tence, the state was saved any un­due holdups in leg­is­la­tion and in hav­ing to pay to prop up the coun­cil and the peo­ple who sat on it.

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