I don't take too much notice of Queensland politics. It has become so boring since the day after day revelations about the corrupt Bjelke Petersen government. Back in the days when I used to watch Four Corners, I was home alone and I was absolutely mesmerised by Chris Masters expose, The Moonlight State. Moonlight State was probably one of Australia's bravest pieces of journalism. Unlike in normal present day life, important people were in disgrace, some gaoled, some had knighthoods taken away. Bjelke Petersen was truly an evil and corrupt man and it is pity he was not gaoled for a long time.
A good while ago, I read a background piece on Queensland's Premier, Anna Bligh. She seemed to be a bit of a radical in her early days. She certainly arrived to the Labor Party with good anti establishment sentiments. Of course a politician who is not pragmatic will never get on. Our PM Julia exhibit one. From the left? Ah, which part of the left might that be?
Clearly Ms Anna Bligh became pragmatic and has even been elected in her own right as Premier of Queensland. That is quite an effort for a woman. Woman leading Australian states are usually only shoved in after a male leader is chucked out and the party thinks they have nothing to lose.
Apparently Ms Bligh is very unpopular now, as much for her government's policies, rather than herself. Still, her government is not quite as unpopular as that of NSW's Kristina Keneally's government. Not quite. (Note to self, I would not write Keneally off)
But by golly, Queensland's Premier Bligh has acquitted herself well during the ongoing flood crisis. She has fronted up to press conference after press conference umpteen times a day, keeping her constituents and Australia at large informed of the flooding disaster. She speaks without notes it seems, nor auto cue. She has all the figures and stats in her head. Today, with the finest actor's timing, she broke down on camera, supposedly overwhelmed by emotion.
I am cynical about politicians, but I do like to believe. Whether I am cynical about Bligh or not, she is doing a sterling job of keeping chins up, hope alive and telling her state that it will be all ok, in time.
Should Victoria be in crisis again, as it was during the fires two years ago, I wouldn't mind Ms Bligh being at our helm.