Tuesday, 11 September 2007
State politicians aren’t what they used to be.
Beattie’s long-serving predecessor had his ministers jailed, himself under investigation and even when sacked by his own party, it still took a week to chisel him out of the Premier’s office. Beattie now becomes the fourth Labor Premier to resign in the last two years on the basis of not much more than being fed up with the job.
It is probably that state government isn’t what it used to be. Nowadays, it is really just providing public services, something that old ideologue Joh never worried much about, even for his own supporter base in rural Queensland. The focus on service delivery naturally advantages Labor with its public service connections. So it is no wonder that not only do Labor state leaders become entrenched, but perhaps get bored of a job that was not quite what their early years in the political trenches led them to expect.
Meanwhile in Canberra, an old man clings onto his job like it is the most important one in the country, little realising that it is also changing to being not much more than co-ordinating state service delivery and occasionally applying an adept touch at handling foreign heads of state. Who says Rudd is not experienced for the job?
Posted by The Piping Shrike on Tuesday, 11 September 2007.Filed under State and federal politics