08 January 2008

good on you Anna...

Queensland Parliament
Question Time Thursday 18th of October 2007

Mr McARDLE: My question is to the Premier. Can the Premier confirm that nearly 90 per cent of her cabinet is made up of union members, former union officials and party hacks—a figure higher than the wannabe proposed loser Rudd cabinet? Is the Premier now setting the union domination benchmark for Kevin Rudd?

Mr Lucas: That’s a Walkley Award winning forensic job.

Ms BLIGH: Yes, a Walkley Award winning, forensically designed expose of the great secret of the Bligh cabinet. They are union members. Freedom of association, that is, the right to belong to a trade union, is guaranteed under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and under the federal law of this country.

Mr Copeland interjected.

Mr Seeney: It is a prerequisite on the application form.

Mr SPEAKER: Order! I warn the member for Cunningham and I warn the Leader of the Opposition.

Ms BLIGH: I remember a time when the Liberal Party of Australia stood up for the human rights of the citizens of this country. Now we find an all-out campaign to swing to the Far Right and undermine the human rights of the citizens of this country.

Dr Flegg: There is an equal opportunity rule, too, you know.

Mr SPEAKER: If the Premier would not mind sitting down for a moment. I will give her some extra time. This is a ridiculous situation. The member for Maroochydore comments in a low tone. She does not think we can hear her. I think we are all hearing her. I say to the member for Moggill that he is a serial interjector when questions are being answered. I have already warned under standing order 253 both the Leader of the Opposition and the member for Cunningham. The members of the opposition are asking these questions. I am going to give any minister the chance to answer them.

Ms BLIGH: I thank the member for the question again and I will do my best to answer it against the opposition’s unruly, ill-disciplined and disgraceful behaviour this morning. I believe the question was whether 90 per cent of the members of my cabinet are union members. I think the answer to that is no. I believe that 100 per cent of my cabinet are members of relevant trade unions. Not only are they members of their relevant trade unions; they are proud members of their relevant trade unions. They are proud of that, because trade unions have been one of the organisations that have built this country. They secured the eight-hour day. They secured decent working conditions so that people could feed their families and be safe in their workplaces. There is no shame in it—none whatsoever. The member wants to come snivelling in here doing the dirty work of John Howard. We do not resile for one minute from the fact that people on this side of the House care about the interests of working people. In terms of the talent of my cabinet, I will stack them up one by one against every runt of the litter that the other side lines up. My cabinet will be seen for what they are: the most talented cabinet that Queensland has ever had.

My favourite line is "I will stack them up one by one against every runt of the litter that the other side lines up. "

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