Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

'Tony or Not Tony': That Is the Question

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

'Tony or Not Tony': That Is the Question

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I AM not sure I've got the nerve to write another column about the present political climate.

I've just reread last week's effort and I notice my Chronicle editorial friends gave it the heading "Normality returns after poll".

It was a challenging headline. Of course everything is relative, but I kind of hope it's not true!

I write this with Laurence Springborg just resurrected again, but very little else seems particularly normal.

That's unless "normal" means that the real world still manages to function, the business of government continues to be done and, hell, what's abnormal about political chaos.

I have just attended an unrelated meeting at which a fairly senior public servant friend commented that business proceeds as usual in times like this.

Public servants are there to keep the shop open and the paperwork flowing. (He didn't actually put it quite that way, but that was the message I got).

It was really quite comforting although I did wonder why we ever needed the pollies if that's the case, then I realised we do, for reasons difficult to define but very important in a state and country like ours.

It is a worry though, and I have no idea how the situation will have changed before you get a chance to read this.

Will there have been a spill? Will Tony still reign?

I'm a slightly left of centre, non-party bloke.

Over the years, I have been red and blue with green stripes, more interested in individual talents than party politics and always waiting to be persuaded.

I admit to being delighted Ashgrove turned out the way it did.

However, I haven't quite worked out why the Abbott leadership has, perhaps coincidentally, made the headlines so rapidly and bitterly.

I am happy to believe that a change in State government after one term is a very traumatic event.

I'm certain that if it finally eventuates then we shall lose some good ministers (not least John McVeigh) and some hard-working members across the state. …

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