Some of my best friends are Jihadists! A QLD comeback
Ahhhh Queensland. You’re so sunny and warm and mysterious.
In what other state would the Premier respond to claims of racism in his own ranks by telling the woman on the receiving end of a “Jihad” taunt to “harden up”? And where else would the same Premier compare cutting the rates of doctors and nurses to reforms in the “garbo” sector 40 years ago?
Campbell Newman might have been born in Canberra, but he may as well be from another planet from Federal Parliament, where even the slightest hint of sexism or racism sees the full force of modern politeness (or political correctness, depending on which side you’re on) rain down on the perpetrator’s head.
On the 11th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks, no less, the Leader of the House in Queensland Ray Stevens called the Opposition Environment Spokeswoman Jackie Trad “Jihad Jackie”. Trad is of Catholic Lebanese heritage.
Not surprisingly Trad said she was offended.
Newman’s response: “If she is going to be the Opposition Leader, she is going to have to harden up.”
And Stevens’s corker: “Goodness, Newman’s family or mother-in-law or something is Lebanese. Am I racist? Absolutely not.”
The Punch is having difficulty imagining how this scenario would have gone down in, say, NSW.
And last night on Lateline Can Do Campbell, who yesterday delivered his first budget and unsurprisingly and necessarily went pretty hard on the cost cutting, had this to say about doctors and nurses.
Bottom line is front-line services will be preserved. But nurses and doctors ... well, look it’s like this. I will give the example I gave in the Parliament today to really try to remind the Labor Party about the way that the world changes and things can be done in achieving the outcome with fewer people.
If you go back 40 years ago, in this city, the garbage was collected by a truck with three people: a driver and two garbos. Today that job is done with one truck and one person because of changes in technology and changes in work practices. It’s a similar ...
It’s not clear what that says about the health system in Queensland - or the respect with which people hold medical professionals.
But maybe the rest of the country are just a bunch of wusses.
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