Hanson’s comeback bid a blessing
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.