Welcome to New North
After viewing the election results can anyone
seriously claim that there is not two very distinct communities of interest
in what is, today, called Queensland. One is a minority that still
embodies the culture, the tempo and the timbre of the place we all called
Queensland while the other, the majority urban/coastal community now
inhabit a place that should rightfully be called New North Wales.
The voters of New North Wales elected their
Premier on the basis of his so-called 'leadership' in trashing the rights and
privileges of Queenslanders in a way that he would never dream of doing to his
own people. Meanwhile, the candidates from Queensland contemplated what
contortions and compromises they would need to go through to appeal to the
fickle whims and fancies of New North Welshman.
These members from Queensland, who
routinely win 75% of the vote in their own community, wring their hands
over what they need to "learn" about how to appeal to New North Welshman. They
yearn for a time, before a million extra people came to New North Wales, when a
fluke of history gave them a clear mandate.
They correctly recognise that in a
presidential style election the conservative voters of New North Wales will not
vote for a leader who will only ever be Deputy Premier. And they conclude that
the only solution is to merge their political parties so that the more numerous
conservative voters of New North Wales can vote for one of their
And it is remarkable how quickly after regaining
the support of their own community, the members from Queensland start planning
how to permanently subordinate the interests of Queensland voters
to cater to the whims of swing voters in New North Wales.
It is a classic case of failing to take in the big
picture. If a Premier of New North Wales can buy votes, at only minimal
electoral cost, from laying waste to the wealth and well being of
Queenslanders, why would he not continue to do so in future? If a Premier
of New North Wales can completely control the flow of information to New North
Wales and obtain a mandate by deception, why would he, or his successor bother
The voters of Queensland know that something
is fundamentally wrong. They have lashed out in frustration at sustained and
systematic attacks on their very existence as viable communities.
They resorted to an extraordinary act of political self mutilation
called 'One Nation' and have consistently demonstrated that they
would vote for anyone before they would vote for the Premier of New North
They want real, structural change. They know
that one should never do business with spivs because they are nothing more
than the benign stage in the life cycle of a parasite. Their very survival
depends on it. The problem must be fixed.
Both the United Nations Universal Declaration of
Human Rights, and the Australian Constitution, provide for the creation of new
States and Territories when the fundamental interests of communities diverge.
And there is certainly no requirement in either document that requires the
interests of rural communities to be subordinated to the whims of an urban
The State of Queensland was formed with a
population of only 20,000 people and this has grown to 1.3 million today. It
would still be the middle ranking self governing entity at COAG meetings
with four less populous and four more populous states. It is four times
more than the fully self governed ACT and six times more than the Northern
Territory. And one would have a very long journey indeed trying to find a
resident of NT who wishes they were still part of South
The new state of New North Wales would have 2.4
million people and there would be no doubting it's viability. This community
would be free to concentrate on the real threats to their environment caused by
rapidly expanding population. They would be freed of the obviously excessive
burden of grasping the character, scale and relevance of ecological processes in
They could choose their own conservative candidate
for Premier and vote for him or her in the, fact and policy free, presidential
style elections that they so obviously prefer. Whatever premier of New
North Wales is elected, he would, if he really did govern for all of Queensland
as he claims to do, be pleased to know that there will be two
premiers voting for Queensland at each COAG meeting, not just
Queensland would still get it's fair share of
Federal tax revenue for schools, universities, hospitals, roads and police but
it's allocation would not be determined by the priorities of New North Wales.
The vast sums of money that are currently spent on explaining local conditions
to a constantly changing set of bureaucrats from New North Wales would be saved.
Queenslanders would soon discover that it is far
better to make one trip for a one hour meeting with a Minister who knows his
brief than to do the same trip four times for five minute brush-offs by
four different minions who haven't a clue.
They may decide to enshrine "property rights",
"just causes compensation", "legislative standards", "regulatory impact
assessment" and "public & scientific sector ethics" into their
constitution so that all future legislation and policy must
comply with these core community standards. But if they do so they
would need strategies to deal with the flood of investors and migrants
from other states who are fed up with the constant erosion of these standards
They could outlaw the official use of ill-defined
or misleading terms. They could require any scientific report that is
input to the policy process to be certified by the author and funding entity to
be a "true and fair view" of the matters reported on. They would then be
liable for any negligent reporting causing detriment to persons subject to
any policy that relies on the report, in the same way that accountants and
directors are liable for misleading financial statements.
They could extend the defamation act to protect
occupational classes from demonisation and vilification. They would use reliable
data to assess real threats to actual resources and devise workable plans to
ensure that on-going ecological, economic and social values are maintained.
They could also decide to locate their
new parliament in a large tin shed to remind their representatives that they are
in an actual workplace. The head offices of various government departments could
be located in different cities to spread the economic benefits of self
government more evenly. This will boost Queensland universities (although two in
Brisbane might need a name change) and country kids could progress to the
highest levels in their fields without having to become
In short, the future of the State of
Queensland looks very promising. New North Wales will still be a good place
to visit for shopping and a welcome source of tourists seeking a change of
culture with their holiday. They will live with the consequences of their
decisions and Queenslanders will live with the consequences of
Any other option will fail to preserve the most
important environmental value of all, the crucial element in any
partnership, the most important building block in building a community.
Trust. It is all downhill without it.