Queensland Opposition Leader John-Paul Langbroek
Bligh’s Announces Round One Of Labor’s Election Cheat Strategy
Victor P Taffa
Queenslanders should be on alert with Premier Anna Bligh and Labor using Christmas as a distraction to release a raft of unpopular and potentially corrupt policies, the LNP warned today.
Opposition and LNP Leader John-Paul Langbroek issued the warning after Premier Bligh today announced she wanted to suddenly change election laws just two days after also using the Christmas period to announce a massive 5.8% increase in Electricity Prices.
While details of the Labor’s changes to Election Laws are still sketchy, Mr. Langbroek said Queenslanders should be wary of loopholes that allowed unions to spend hundreds of millions of dollars attacking the LNP while bankrolling Labor’s re-election bid.
He said despite widespread opposition to Labor’s fire sale of state assets, such as Queensland Rail, many unions had continued to pour hundreds of thousands of dollars of their memberships’ money into bankrolling Bligh and her Labor machine over the past 18 months.
“Under Labor’s proposed changes, it looks like there will once again be loopholes that allow unions to spend millions of dollars bankrolling Labor while the LNP will be prohibited by law from being able to respond.” Mr. Langbroek said.
“Anna Bligh and Labor are refusing to listen to Queenslanders so their only answer is to cheat Queenslanders.”
“What we are seeing is a desperate attempt from Labor to save Bligh’s Government.”
“Labor has already amassed over a hundred million dollars in their election kitty and is now seeking to prevent any other political party from raising funds.” Mr. Langbroek said.
“Meanwhile, the so-called caps on election expenditure will not stop sitting Labor MPs from spending taxpayer funds to retain their seats.
“Anna Bligh is yet to reveal the details of these ‘reforms’ but considering the timing of her announcement, Queenslanders should be very concerned.”
Mr. Langbroek said Anna Bligh’s only record was to sanction lies and corruption.
He challenged the Premier to reveal what consultation had been done in the formation of the changes.
“Was the Electoral Commissioner consulted on this proposal? Was the Integrity Commissioner consulted or was the Commissioner of the Crime and Misconduct Commission or the Opposition involved in the drafting of this reform?” Mr. Langbroek asked.
“If the answer is ‘NO’ to any of these questions, then Premier Bligh must reveal why she has once again let the Labor Party’s faceless backroom puppet masters determine Government Policy.” Mr. Langbroek said.