New Queensland Government: 9th Demand

fiona-simpsonThe two Katter Party Members of Queensland’s Parliament are preparing a list of eight demands* upon major Parties, as the price of their support for a minority Government, according to media reports.

There’s a ninth demand, unwritten and under-articulated: respect.  That’s thoroughgoing respect, in deed as well as in word.

This 9th Demand creates a huge problem for the Liberal National Party’s negotiators as they try to pull together a 45 seat majority to stay in power: the Newman Government managed to convince every smaller Party and Independent in the last Parliament that they had complete contempt (“We were treated like dirt, sent to the dungeons”) for everyone outside Government.

This went well beyond policy and personal differences, and is reflected in the proposition from Katter’s Australian Party (KAP) MPs and Peter Wellington, the Independent MP for Nicklin, that the LNP can’t get their support if led by Tim Nicholls or Jeff Seeney.

In the face of three years of poisoned relationships, the challenge for the LNP will be to prove to the KAP that they’ll treat them with respect.

Tim Nicholls’ push to lead the LNP, if successful, may prove to those three balance-of-power MPs that they can’t expect change, or respect.  His reported withdrawal from the race may indicate that leadership figures in the LNP understand how much they alienated outsiders, or may indicate merely that they will pay any price for power.

 

* Update: As of 10 February, media re reporting a list of 21 demands.

 

About Mike Smith

Partner in Ethical Consulting Services: www.ethicalconsulting.com; sometime University lecturer; previously Government Relations consultant; before that Labor Party State Secretary in Northern Territory; union advocate with LHMU/United Voice in NT and NSW; hobby – election campaigns!

Posted on February 4, 2015, in Change, Communication, Democracy, Election, Political tactics, Politics, Queensland, Queensland Government and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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