The re-election of the LNP for a second term on Jan 31 (with or without Newman) would be devastating . A re-elected LNP would claim that it has a mandate to complete the sell off of public assets , commenced by the Bligh Labor Government and extended during the first 3 years of LNP.
Since its landslide electoral victory almost 3 years ago, the Newman LNP government has used its historically massive majority to push through a sheaf of legislation enshrining in law the privileges of its corporate backers. Deferring full scale privatisation for a possible second term , the Newman Government presided over an unprecedented reduction in the public sector, brought in planning laws to enable unbridled development for corporate profits,with little concern for environmental and social impacts, while at the same time restricting citizens right to appeal. It trampled on civil liberties and workers’ rights , legislating against the right to associate, under the guise of fighting organised crime. It brought in changes to electoral laws entrenching the 2 party system, while increasing the limit for non-disclosure of political donations to $12,800 further limiting accountability. It attacked the independence of the judiciary.