Queensland Labor Government: Big Agenda
Posted by Mike Smith
Update: as we get further away from the election, some of the links below to ALP campaign resources are becoming defunct.
Rumour had it Queensland Labor had no policies in the 2015 State Election, but there are plenty – 50 on their website here, and more, smaller, announcements amongst letters to stakeholder groups and media releases (here). In addition, there’s the brand new Queensland Australian Labor Party platform (here) completely rewritten during 2014 in conformity with Annastacia Palaszczuk’s and the then-Shadow Ministers’, priorities.
But what’s important amongst all of that? If you turn to Ms Palaszczuk’s Campaign Launch speech, and the balance of policies released, you’ll find a focus on
- employment growth,
- skills and industry,
- respecting the electorate,
- institutions of transparency and integrity,
- a debt repayment schema that avoids asset sales, and
- the winding back of cuts to environmental protections, services, and community facilities.
While implementation details are not always spelled out*, that’s a pretty big agenda – quite the reverse of what the media have reported – which adds up to reversing the social engineering experiment that was the Newman Government.
To the extent that details aren’t set out, and their discussions with non-Government MPs don’t constrain them, the Palaszczuk Labor Government** has an blank slate, for how they implement that ambitious package.
* They almost never are, during Australian election campaigns.
** Yes, I’m calling the election result, today, with absolutely no authority or insider perspective except overconfidence in my mathematical ability.
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Posted on February 9, 2015, in Communication, Democracy, Election, Government Relations, Lobbying, Political tactics, Politics, Queensland, Queensland Government and tagged Annastacia Palaszczuk, Election Policies, Election Strategy, Election tactics, Queensland Election 2015. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.