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18 January 2013

QUEENSLAND UNEMPLOYMENT RATE SKYROCKETS UNDER NEWMAN GOVERNMENT

From Possum Comitatus @Pollytics via our local Kitchenslut:




55 comments:

ruby said...

Watch that blue line continue to rise this year. Sackings are in process in the Health Department at the moment and Newman is covering it up by trying to blame this on the Federal Government, but the nurses aren't being fooled. Next in line is the Education Department.
Can I take this opportunity of pointing out that the people of Moura, central Queensland, stood as a united community last night, to protest the pending closure of their country hospital. The Government backed down. Goes to show what a community can achieve when it stands united.

Anonymous said...

Shit yeah the economy is improving the LNP reckon.

Anonymous said...

What's wrong with sacking a lot of useless public servants?

Anonymous said...

This must so pleasing to Abbott. Not!

Destiny Prophet said...

Anonymous 12:39

I was once of the same opinion but times have changed. Where once public servants had a cushy job for life and could treat us normal folk with contempt now they are subject to endless scrutiny and evaluation.

Most public servants I've had dealings with in recent years have been very good at their job and eager to help - a huge contrast to say - dealing with a bloody phone company which is like Yes Minister on steroids with a touch of The Shining thrown in. Jack Nicholson moonlights as their call centre supervisor.

It's very easy to think some public servants are superfluous until it comes time to decide which services are to be affected. Most of us are inclined to think any public servants not performing a task that directly benefits us are a waste - but everyone in the community is a stakeholder in the government and everyone deserves something back for paying their taxes and obeying the law - that's the unspoken contract - if we generally play by the rules, they will give us our fair share - especially if we're in a marginal seat or employ a savvy lobbyist :( .

Jan from Kewarra said...

The new Cairns and Hinterland Health and Hospital Board Director (BoB Norman)came out this week on ABC radio and confirmed that because of federal government funding cuts to the newly created Hospital Boards, the Cairns Hospital Board has to save $13 million this financial year (ie. between now and June). He also mentioned that job cuts would be on the agenda. He did not say which areas or when, but it will be soon and $13 million equates out to about 130 staff if one assumes that wages and entitilements = $100,000 per year per staffer.

The creation of hospital boards means that the focus is only on hospital services (inputs and outputs), so that aged care, ATODS, public health, community health, mental health, and dental health are all up for de-staffing. Of course, if you can get rid of some smaller hospitals, even better.

We ain't seen nuth-ing yet? Another $7 million is destined to be cut for the Cairns Hospital Board budget 2013/2014 bringing the total to about $21 million in the next 18 months or so.

Thats alot of jobs, alot of cut services, and alot of sick people are going to be much worse off.

Rumour has it that the announcements of massive job cuts similar to Townsiville Hospital are imminent.

Anonymous said...

Latest on the Moura Hospital is that the Government wants to privatise it. The Nurses Union are protesting.

ruby said...

Jan from Kewarra, it confirms the fact that all the Hospital Boards have been given the same spiel to announce to the media about "Federal Government funding cuts". The Nurses Union have been publishing them online. There isn't any doubt that it is political strategy planned down in Brisbane, and designed to gain maximum exposure and pain during the Federal Election.
Three cheers to the Nurses Union rep in Townsville who told Newman outright that "she didn't believe this shit about Federal Government funding cuts, and that she was sick and tired of being screwed over."
I believe the Nurses in Mt Isa recently gave Newman a reception which he wont forget in a hurry. As for Moura, almost the entire community turned out to protest the closure of their hospital.

Anonymous said...

Just imagine that blue line after Abbott has been Prime Minister for almost a year.

daza duke said...

There are too many chiefs and not enough indians in the health system and police service. Get the nurses back out on the floor and away from the desk jobs. Same for the police service. Keep going Cambell you've still a long way to go.

Anonymous said...

Fallen for the KoolAid have you daza duke? Better educate yourself to read more than the oily cliches like "not enough indians" and "more cops on the beat" to see what really is happening. Newman is starting to privatise our hospitals, so what the fuck has that got to do with "too many chiefs" hey? Yeah when you've lost your home and every dollar you own because you got sick, you can explain it all away as "too many chiefs and not enough indians." Fuckwit!

John said...

What is terrifying is the way the LNP have ushered in a callousness towards those who have lost their jobs. The moral compass of basic humanity has shifted. daza duke above exemplifies the ugly shift.

Anonymous said...

The daza dukes of the world have fallen for the KoolAid alright. He's intellectually latched onto the cliche "too many chiefs" with the tenacity of the simple minded and gullible, without the least awareness that there are bigger things happening in the background.

Anonymous said...

Up, up and away -
Would you like to lose your job with the LNP government?
Would you like to lose your house and car with the LNP government?
Oh we can take your lifestyle and ruin you for life
Up, up and away, the Campbell Newman waaayyyyyyyy.............
(Make a good electioneering song.)

Anonymous said...

Nepolian is going to take QLD back to the 70/80s and bring it into disreput yet again, but look what happened to that little shit.

sir cus said...

I see Campbell show pony Newman doing an abbott at mount isa ,forcing hand shakes with workers, looked a real goose,the pressure must be on. And one of his minsters in town today still braging about the $40 million for dredging that will cost $110 million minimum and 2 years away or never, what do they take us hillbillies for.

Where are your priorities said...

If the State's financial situation is so desperate that we are sacking nurses, why is Newman giving $100 million to the racing industry? And why are our local representatives arguing for taxpayers money to be given to private sector projects like the waterpark? I'd rather keep the doctors and nurses. Answer this please, LNP defenders.

Vi L. Schumm said...

Just where is the LNP on employment policy? The Courier Mail reports today that, according to Barnaby Joyce, and in response to the milk price wars "the Coalition, if elected, would review the Competition and Consumer Act to see that future price wars did not hurt small business and farmers. A strengthening of the laws would allow the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to intervene in circumstances where market power was being abused."

Conveniently for the LNP, the article does not point out that it was the Howard Government's weakening of the competition provisions of the Trade Practices Act that led to the current abuse of market power by Coles and Woolworths.

Anonymous said...

Did I hear right? King stated on TV last night that the LNP were going to sell off State assets to pay for an entertainment centre in Cairns? Privatisation I think it is called. The Ports Authority land was mentioned. Can anyone elaborate?

Bob R. said...

Christ only knows Anonymous 08.09. King was for the Entertainment Precinct, then agin it, for it, agin it. Wobble wobble, wobble. Manning opposed it, stopped the work which had started on it, squandered all the millions already spent on it and gave the funding back to Newman. Then Manning decided to go cap in hand to Newman for most of the items originally contained in the Entertainment Precinct proposal, ie the multi storey car park, extensions to the Convention Centre, a performing arts theatre.
What a dithering schmozzle, while King has been talking about a public/private partnership.
It's just one great ballsup and I'll predict we get nothing.

Anonymous said...

The port land Val was to use for the CEP (now defunct)was never going to be used for port expansion because after the fuel storage explosion a decade or two ago(near by)which killed one man and scared the living daylights out of the city the land was deemed to close to tourism for industrial use.The LNP will get a fortune for the land for another concrete block hotel to stop the sea breezes and sunlight.

Anonymous said...

If the LNP grants public money to that white-elephant water-park , owned by that vilest of LNP money-grubbers, the one who referred to our elected representatives as witches and bitches, then you'll know the state is being run by criminals.

John said...

King didn't even know when The Cairns Post phoned him, how many public servants in Cairns had lost their jobs. He didn't even visit the public service offices according to the public servants I know. Then he spoke on the Mackenzie show about how he spoke to "two" senior police officers and how much they liked the proposed police force changes. Only two? Did he visit the police station in person and talk with as many staff as possible? Doesn't seem like it.
King isn't doing his job as a State Member. He should have known exactly the number of jobs lost in Cairns. He should have met with all those public servants. He should have visited the police station and talked with people. Instead he is running around doing the Mayor's job, the Federal Member's job, TTNQ's job, Advance Cairns' job, every bloody job but his own.

Jan from Kewarra said...

The pressure is on at the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital Board. Neither the CEO of the Hospital (Julie Hartly-Jones) nor the Chairman would speak to the media yesterday re the impending job cuts.

Anonymous said...

Any Government which treats its workers with contempt, sacks tens of thousands of entry level staff saying they are "creaming the cream", and then calls senior police officers "fat cats", isn't going to tell the truth about the pending cuts to nurses, doctors and admin staff in the Health Dept.
The LNP don't give a shit about wage earners. We won't know just how many nursing and medical staff will lose their jobs.
Bear in mind all of this is being done because of an even bigger reason. The stealthy privatisation of the hospital system. Everyone should start being afraid.
All I can say is Queenslanders, what the fuck have you done?

Anonymous said...

HBW, It is really Cynical - Cairns was given in excess of $195 million dollars (Thanks to Val and Jim) to build Infracture in Cairns and thereby give jobs to local firms and get Cairns moving again following the GFC. The LNP, MacKenzie, Manning and their like followers ensured we gave it back to the Government so that our money can be spent in some other City. WE were left with nothing and now Gavein King and the LNP are proposing that we sell our assets to fund infrastucture development in Cairns. To me it appears they are willing to sell anything to build anything anywhere to appease the local tradies who don't know where their next job is coming from. King and Manning have absolutely no VISION for any particular project. Their attitude is lets sell something so we can do something. ANY FUCKING THING WILL DO JUST SO LONG AS THEY CAN GET EVERYONE OFF THEIR BACK. Cairns has certainly gone backwards since there loosers took Office. Charlie.

Anonymous said...

These unemployment figures are just the lull before the storm. Those cuts to the public service haven't really started biting enterprise yet, but they will after a time. We know Newman has started sackings in the Health Department and is trying to keep the extent of them under wraps. He then has the mighty Education Department to start tearing into and shredding. I predict this too will be kept under wraps as much as possible, although the Teachers Union is a strong union and will probably kick up merry hell.
That blue line is only going to keep on rising.

Anonymous said...

Cairns will continue to go round and round in circles and not move ahead like Townsville. Fancy Manning giving back the funding for the Entertainment Precinct! We all said it would be given to Townsville and it has. So now we have to find our own money. Christ, what a fuckwit Manning is.

Sleuth said...

The Editor of Newsport Daily had it right in his story when he said about those outside of douglas voting in his poll of Wednesday.
As of Thursday arvo there was a result of approx 60% for and 35% against 5% undecided, as of yesterday there was a massive extra amount of approx 250 votes recorded, all of a sudden against.
It seems to me that the network of rightwing arseholes in our community got there word out to members, they would be the same scum that votes in mackenzie polls where he gives them a good hour or so to contact each other and ring in, he proclaims this to be a majority of our community. usually about 280 calls for his side of the bullshit.
No doubt a lot of these rip off scum and freeloaders would be from palm cove/ bluewater and to top it off the sad barnacle of wangetti, they are responsible for the damage done to Cairns by supporting this council and king, they don't care about anyone else.
I do not recommend to any tourist I deal with to go to palm cove and I do not spend one dollar at any of the businesses they own or anyone who advertises on mackenzie.
The other sad part about this network is their recruiting drive into neighbourhood watch where they propaganda the unwary and increase their numbers, you only have to have a look at the type who want to be the leaders of these groups, it would take more than sausages to get me in.
I would not recommend this council to any community and if douglas can do away with them it will be the best not only for them but the future of the natural enviroment they have managed to hang on to, they have their own collection of rip of right wing arseholes and freeloaders and they still support the gang of four councillors who were responsible for the disfunction prior to amalgamation.
Maybe you could take the time and register your vote on newsport and counter these arseholes who want to upset a decent outcome.

Anonymous said...

You are right Sleuth, and I've also suggested it before: The best way to deal a blow to Mackenzie is to NEVER deal with anyone who advertises on his program ... and just as importantly spread that around so that (a) others can shun them too and (b) advertisers know that advertising on his program may be counter-productive to the outcome they expect. That pulls the rug well and truly from under rugnut's feet.

daza duke said...

Truth hurts hey (anonymous with kool aid on the brain) Are you one of the bludging public servants whos in the firing line. I know what its like to be in the public service and I seen first hand the waste of public monies. The front line workers wont lose their jobs only the bludgers like yourself dickhead

Destiny Prophet said...

"QUEENSLAND Premier Campbell Newman has defended his non-appearance at a community meeting in Moura on Thursday night about the future of the town's hospital...Moura residents had been disappointed State Government ministers and representatives including Mr Newman and Health Minister Lawrence Springborg did not attend the gathering.

But Mr Newman said it was not up to the government to step in and give a solution to the future of health care in Moura.

He said that job rested with the Moura community and local stakeholders."

The Morning Bulletin 19/01

Please forgive me if I'm an ill informed idiot, but isn't health in Australia a state responsibility, not local? And haven't the LNP resisted every effort of the Feds to get involved?

But now they want to disown that responsibility and give it to local communities.

Well if that's the case, instead of handing the power over to appointed arse-licking sycophants, how about giving the decision making powers and the MONEY to democratically elected local councils?

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Alison Alloway said...

Destiny Prophet, having lived in a small coal mining town, I confirm that these communities are often very closeknit. Their sense of community is much stronger than what you find in a large city. Moura has experienced three mining disasters since the 1970s. The first in 1975 claimed 13 lives, the second in 1986 claimed 12, and the third in 1994 where 11 men were entombed. As well many men were injured. You can understand therefore why the entire community turned out to save their hospital.

Anonymous said...

That's fine anon 16.08 but how do I know who these advertisers are? Listening in to his program is like having teeth pulled without a local -I have tried to listen but it really is too painful and likely to induce a stroke.

Anon No.4 said...

Of course all the job and funding cuts add up to one thing - a return to regional recession. After surviving the GFC thanks to massive support from the federal and state governments, we are now seeing more business closures, massive job losses in addition to the King-Newman sackings, and a total lack of new private sector investment.
Rural economies are very sensitive little beasties, and all the evidence points to the fact that ours is as dead as a doornail. A Christmas present from King and Newman.

Doug Lassiter said...

Agree "Sleuth"....the Douglas de-amalgamation poll on Newsport has suddenly been pulled after a tsunami of NO votes popped up en bloc in the middle of the night. Funny that. Covering his arse the Editor now writes" Just a quick note to let you know that polls on The Newsport generally only ever run for a week, the one on de-amalgamation being no exception. It was tagged as the January Poll because we plan to run on in February and perhaps March as well in the lead up to the referendum."
This timeline was never previously states which may just have been an oversight in which case it should have been presented as "The One Week in January Poll". Push polling is now well entrenched throughout the country and I doubt very little credibility can now be attached to any Newsport Poll.

Of course NO government wants de-amalgamations and it has been almost too easy for them to run a scare campaign on the costs to rates which obviously resonates with people - certainly those with multiple properties. A forensic investigation by a highly respected economist into the figures put up by QTC has already thrown up some extraordinary anomalies - something not just Douglas but every other council in the running for de-amalgamation has complained bitterly about - even Noosa.

I sincerely hope HBW continues to investigate this story as the Compost is only running negative letters from people the Douglas community have long recognised as nut jobs and others from north of the river with very old, very blunt axes to grind.

ruby said...

Hhaving had a relative on one of those Councils which Labor amalgamted, I know for a fact the particular Council was just getting further and further, year after year, into debt. My particular relative was the only one in the Council who voted for amalgamation. "It was just not sustainable," he explained to me, "so I voted myself out of the best paid and best job I ever had."
He said other Councillors made a big fuss when the State Government stepped in and forced amalgamation, trying to protect their own well paid positions.
Needless to say, Im very proud of my relative!!

Doug Lassiter said...

And pride always cometh before a fall Ruby if you are referring to Douglas because in 2007 then Qld Treasurer (boy) Fraser said "Douglas is in an enviable financial position"- in on the record. Douglas had minimal debt which is why it was able to pass on $24 million at the time of amalgamation to a heavily-in-debt Cairns Council.

Teresa said...

The Newsport needs to apologise to its readership for the poll it has just conducted in regard to de-amalgamation. An I.T. friend of mine has just shown me how easy it is to register multiple votes on Newsport polls. I have just tried it with the new poll “Whose assessment of Port Douglas is more correct?” and I was able to easily vote more than once. If Newsport is aware of this they also need to advise their readership and, similarly, if this is the reason they closed the poll early (it was meant to be a “January poll”). I will be extremely unimpressed if Newsport runs any story on the results of this flawed poll and so should the rest of its readership.

Dean said...

How does de-amalgamation have anything to do with it? Who cares about whether Douglas is part of Cairns or not? The money spent by the people of Douglas to re-establish a Council up there is more than any benefit they could ever get, especially with the resorts being empty and depreciating at such a rate.

I wonder if unemployment in Queensland will hit 10% by the time Newman gets going.

The privatisation of health is despicable. There will be actuaries and business managers making health decisions. Placing a monetary value on human life is appalling, but is an absolute necessity for a company running health systems like hospitals.

Doug Lassiter said...

Won't hold my breath Teresa on Newsport offering any poll comment or analysis but their cover is now well and truly blown.

jim-bob snr said...

Thanks Teresa for passing on that information about how easy it is to corrupt online polls. I will be very sceptical of them from now on.

Anonymous said...

Once hospitals are privatised, profit becomes the sole bottom line. I can see where a lot of elderly patients and patients with complex health issues will be just euthanised (dunno if I spelt that right). I can see the LNP all sitting there showing their teeth from ear to ear at the thought. Their contempt for ordinary people is just barbaric.

Doug Lassiter said...

On the contrary Dean - you should be very concerned about whether Douglas stays with Cairns if you believe Queensland Treasury's report about how much it's going to cost Cairns to keep us!

As for jobs - all those Cairns' tradies who travel up here daily to work will have cause for concern if their work is taken away from them - as it has been for Douglas tradespeople who've lost out big time since amalgamation.

As for the cost of re-establishing a Council up here. That's peanuts to what it costs us now - and will cost us forever - to subsidise Cairns' multitude of interests at the expense of our own.

Miss Chief said...

This Newman government just grows in incompetence every day. 26000 jobs in Queensland gone. More to come. Business and consumer confidence at an all time low. Yet that jelly spine wanker talks about positive contagions on his FB page to try and fool his adoring ninkumpoops. Well it wouldn't be hard to fool his fans with a collective IQ of an orange. At what point does King stand up for the people of Cairns? At what point will he grow a set and stand up to the grunt? Obviously all the years at TCP King was a gutless, gormless keyboard warrior who doesn't have the gazoonkas to have a go. King should step down in shame.

ruby said...

All of the LNP are like that, Miss Chief. In all the years he has been an MP, Warren Entsch has hidden himself away from any public confrontation. They all talk self-importantly about the"tough" decisions they make, yet they are too cowardly to front the people who are adversely affected by those decisions, "face to face." They are craven sooky boys, holding John Mackenzie's hand and answering vetted calls on his radio program, having a "Cairns Post" never ask them the hard questions or rarely take them to task, and avoiding as many public meetings as they can. A true representative of the people takes on his or her critics, and answers them, a true representative of the people faces in person, their critics and opponents. Val Schier, Desley Boyle, Jason O'Brien, Warren Pitt and Jim Turnour all come to mind.
The LNP are gutless, dickless wimps who are not true representatives. Gavin King would literally shit himself if he had to face the BlueWater crowd all fired up because of one single public housing complex being built in their area.

Jethro said...

You're not wrong there, ruby. I could plainly hear the increasing panic in King's voice when Mackenzie permitted Darren Hunt on his program, who was very assertive in demanding an apology from King. All the world heard the timbre of King's voice became quavery and stuttery as fear took hold. Christ I laughed. What a sook. Val Schier had balls. King has none.

Observer said...

Jethro, ruby, its all about public accountability. King, Entsch and Manning dont want public accountability because they are all weak and cowardly people. I cannot for the life of me call them, "men". They are not being "accountable" to the public when Mackenzie wet nurses them by keeping critics away. They are not being "accountable" to the public with a compliant Cairns Post. Lastly all three avoid public meetings.
However all three of these "People" demanded a woman, Val Schier be "accountable". Yet none of them have the balls to do what she did, so responsibly and with great dignity.
Just another point, by avoiding public accountability, these three characters, by looking out for "Number One" are further damaging the public's perception of politicians. They are extremely poor representatives.

Gawain Bling, Dishonourable Member for Mackenzie said...

You're all so mean and cruel to me. You pick on me and not on Trouty or Kempton and they don't do half the work I do. How dare you say I'm shit scared of Hunt and Traill? You think I care what you lot of commo pinko greenie union thugs think? As for ruby, what a dill. As if we would be building any low rent public housing units for the scum to live in while we're the government. So there, you stupid dog! As for people losing their jobs, why dont they just leave Queensland and go find work somewhere else? I mean, thats what I did. I left my home in New South Wales, came to Cairns and started creating a nice, cushy job for myself. I set myself up real nice too. Awesome, dude! Toodle pips for now, except for ruby the dog who gets a boot up the arse. Bwah hahaha, I'm so funny, I really crack myself up. Awesome!

jim-bob jnr said...

SONG FOR KING

He's a sook, sook, sooky
neener neener neen
He's a sook, sook, sooky
neener neener neen
He reckons he's tough but he's got no balls
neener neener neen.

Well Traill and Hunt called him out
neener neener neen
and he screamed like a girl "Pick on Trout"
neener neener neen
He's a sook sook sooky.

I cant write lyrics. Someone else can do a better job.

Destiny Prophet said...

I wouldn't worry too much about this mob.

I have seen their future.

Before the next election they lose 5 more ministers. 1 has to go because of nepotism, 1 is sent packing for corruption and 1 each go to Clive and KAP. The last is lost in an unfortunate incident at a fund raising dinner when Gina mistakes him for an entree.

There are rumours another is about to leave for KAP when a scandal erupts about his far too affectionate relationship with a very fetching cow named Daisy. This is dismissed as Labor scuttlebutt amidst cries of 'What about Slipper and Thompson' But then the cow is discovered to be actually a heifer and we know how our masters abhor perversion. A full dress parade is called and he is drummed out of the Platoon, sorry - Party.

The party loses a couple of northern seats when it is discovered their occupants have never actually existed. Their names were taken from the headstones of babies who died in the 1890's. The ruse is discovered when one of the inflatable sex toys used to fill their seats suddenly and loudly deflates. The Minister for Health immediately moves to appoint a committee to attend to the stricken member but the game is up and a bi-election is called, over the protests of the Attorney General who wants it called something else because bi-elections undermine straight-elections.

Ironically the Minister for Health spends 6 months off sick - acute laryngitis brought on by long hours coaching the Hospital Boards Choir to sing in unison.

Finally the end comes with the launch of the Joh for Canberra campaign.

Anonymous said...

King is now obediently reading from McKenzie's script and doing as he is told. Mckenzie was bragging this morning about the complete turnaround King has made since he publicly dared to disagree with McKenzie and Tenni 2 weeks ago. He is a puppet and too gutless to apologize to DJ Hunt when caught out.

Anonymous said...



Anyone see the loser chef from Cairns on Masterchef professional last night? he was chef version of King, full of ego with no substance. Is it in Cairns water?

Seth said...

jim-bob jnr matey I reckon you've got the guts there of a bloody awesome pub song to be sung around Cairns for years before and after King gets the arse from electors. Keep working on those lyrics mate.