"The Queensland election 2012: A voters' firestorm"

Vaughan, Michael (2012). "The Queensland election 2012: A voters' firestorm".

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Title "The Queensland election 2012: A voters' firestorm"
Abstract/Summary The Bligh Labor Government has been devastatingly ousted from office and an LNP Government has won power with a massive, unassailable majority. Reasons for this electoral disaster for the ALP and this magnificent triumph for the LNP centre on the A$85 billion debt Premier Bligh ran up; failed administrative policies in Queensland Health; and the sale for A$12 billion of five vital public assets, done in a manner suggesting dishonesty by the former Premier and her former senior Ministers. Premier Newman has been sworn in by Her Excellency Ms Penelope Wensley AC, Governor of Queensland, and he now has absolute power to do whatever he wishes, subject only to constitutional law. Some commentators fear that such unlimited power presages a return to the authoritarian and grossly unethical practices of the discredited Bjelke-Petersen era.
Keyword 2012 Queensland Election Results
Queensland Economy
Reasons for ALP Failure In Poll
ALP and LNP Leader Profiles
Electoral Fortunes of ALP and LNP
Date 2012-04-06
Research Fields, Courses and Disciplines 340000 Economics
360000 Policy and Political Science
370000 Studies in Human Society
Author Vaughan, Michael
Open Access Status Other
Additional Notes The issue of political philosophy does not often enter into state-level (or even federal level) political debate in Australia. For much of the time, national media content consists of the latest opinion polling and its implications for an immediate election. Great, searching, questions such as "what is the proper role of government in a participatory democracy" are not even asked, let alone answered. Australians are not intellectually untutored or philosophically blind. It is just that their political priorities are largely focused on pratical matters (such as proper medical care, good schools for their children, quality tertiary education, good job opportunties and firm economic growth) rather than with deeper issues better known to European and Asian cultures which are centuries older and more versed in such debates. Australia is yet to produce an Aristotle, a Lao Tzu, a Descartes, a Weber or a Hume.

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Created: Fri, 06 Apr 2012, 22:14:12 EST by Dr Michael Vaughan on behalf of School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies