Aug 9, 2013

Peter Beattie is the anti-politician Rudd and Labor need

Brisbane-based political analyst Dr Mark Bahnisch says Peter Beattie was the original Kevin Rudd -- a charismatic Queensland politician who ruled through personality, not politics.

Former Queensland premier Peter Beattie’s decision to run for the federal seat of Forde will aid the Labor cause in Queensland — another Energizer Bunny for the party’s faithful.

In a state where marginal Labor and Coalition seats often need effectively to be won from scratch each time around, that energy — and the parochialism factor — will help electorally (as will the morale boost). I would differ with Norman Abjorensen in estimating the impact on seats, as I think Labor was already doing considerably better than he does. But, if truth be told, it’s better to regard a whole swathe of Queensland electorates as finely poised. This time the campaign does matter; hence the event of Beattie’s announcement.

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15 thoughts on “Peter Beattie is the anti-politician Rudd and Labor need

  1. Honest Johnny

    Peter Beattie has simply done an ‘Alfie Langer’ – a comeback when the team needed him. It was a very Queensland thing to do. It was an act that will have all Queenslanders recall the moment back in 2001 when Alfie was brought back from overseas to make an after-retirement comeback and set up four tries (plus score one of his own) to help secure a come-from-behind Queensland series victory.

  2. Stuart Dix

    I guess I’m the only one who thinks this move is the epitome of what’s wrong with Labor?

    I’ve had enough of being “represented” by union officials or political sycophants. Where are the Labor candidates in winnable seats that are like the people that they aim to represent: the nurses, the tradies, the fly-in fly-out miners, the teachers, the accountants etc?

    If Beattie is so great why wouldn’t they run him in Brisbane (where he lived)?

    I am no political genius but the only reasons I can think of is:
    1) its easier to push a radiographer (Des Hardman) out than a union organiser (Fiona McNamara)?
    2) the required swing of 5+% in Brisbane is to too much for parachute Pete.

    Neither show a genuine enthusiasm for representing the people of Forde.

    Labor is in need of new energy and fresh ideas – not more the same poor management.

  3. Hamis Hill

    Apart from the questionable “post modern” references ( when did Queensland or anywhere in Australia boast complete literacy and numeracy among its compelled voters?)
    this is the sort of informative and edifying article sadly missing from the general commentary.
    What a different election it would be if all articles were of this calibre.

  4. Josh Orchard

    @Stuart Dix the margin on Brisbane is only 1.1%. The reason he’s going to Forde is because internal polling showed the candidate wasnt going to get over the line and they need that seat.

  5. @chrispydog

    Hamis Hill, gotta agree wholeheartedly, it’s a good article.

  6. @chrispydog

    Show pony politics begets political journalism that’s indistinguishable from celebrity gossip, bereft of policy or depth.

    Gillard tried to be one, or her minders tried to dress her up as one, and failed appallingly. I liked her better for it, but the media shredded her mercilessly.

    Pity, it’s now a choice of show ponies.

  7. AR

    Watermelon Grin/grimace is the next LotO.

  8. Stuart Dix

    @Josh Orchard
    I’m very surprised to hear that Josh. I live in Lilley and most of my activities are in Brisbane. Whenever politics are mentioned I pick up a definite anti-ALP vibe.

    I would not even be surprised if Wayne Swan looses his seat. I can’t go to the local shops without some LNP supporter waving a pamphlet. I can’t say I ever see ALP supporters.

    It almost feels like the momentum that seemed to be building before the last QLD elections. I honestly hope that the Federal elections are not as one sided as the QLD elections.

  9. Edward James

    Desperate grabs by Kevin Heiner Rudd for support from anyone who can pull some votes to an almost dead Labor party has already resulted in Labor executive / back room boys reverting to pushing local branches political aspirants aside and parachuting head office candidates in. No one in the seat of Dobell can believe Labor team players, did not know their candidate lawyer Trevor Drake was an ex Liberal till only a few years ago. After all he sat as a Liberal party member with Labor councilors Jim Macfadgen Vicki Scott on the the most complained about Gosford City Council for long enough. Locals are saying there is more to the last minute departure of Labor member Trevor Drake and the dropping in of generational Labor member the daughter Emma of Grant McBride. On another front In a blow to the Prime Minister’s campaign, Another lawyer Mr Lake is reported here http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/special-features/kevin-rudds-star-victorian-recruit-geoff-lakes-abuse-of-wheelchair-bound-woman-revealed/story-fnho52jp-1226694514695 to have made what I believe are shocking shocking admissions for any voter to find in the background of more so called Labor team players. As Tony Abbott remarked Kevin Rudd is the one who should be worried about that self proclaimed media tart Peter Beattie. By the way why is it Juliar Gillard has not been suspended by the Labor party she is reported to be under investigation for her involvement in the alleged AWU fraud tied to “that house” here michaelsmithnews.com which makes it no secret. To those leaders who declared they would suspend party members who were under investigation. Because of the backlash from Edie Obied and Williams and Williams understudy craig Thomson. Surly their is no double standard in play while Labor claims to voters to be following A NEW WAY? No way! Edward James

  10. peterh_oz

    The fact you, Edward, call our ex PM Juliar means the remainder of your diatribe is to be read as politically charged fiction.

    Thank you for the undisguised warning.

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