Monday, February 02, 2015

What happened?

What on earth happened in Queensland? The governing Liberal National Party was absolutely routed in the state election, losing its huge majority of seats and it seems the Labor Party will be able to form government. It is often said that governments lose elections rather than the opposition party winning and in Queensland's case, nothing could be truer. I don't think I have ever seen a more arrogant party, the LNP, and a more arrogant premier, Victoria's former premier Jeff Kennett aside, than Campbell Newman. It will take some time to get the pronunciation of her name correct, but well done to Annastacia Palaszczuk, the leader of Queensland Labor and likely new Premier. There is a short video here discussing when journalists asked 34 questions of Newman and he refused to answer any.

But on a more local note, what happened to Victoria's summer weather? As I write this, it is Sunday morning and very wet, cold and grey outside. Later today is our annual gay and lesbian Pride March in St Kilda and we have arranged to go to Fitzroy Street for a pre parade lunch and then watch the parade, but if the weather doesn't improve, we may well not go.

For me, this cooler summer is wonderful but it does disappoint many people who like the heat. Here is a snip from Wikipedia showing five days last January. The first number are the dates. For the past week we have been hovering around 20 degrees. Over the past few years, Australia has broken so many weather records, but of course it is nothing to do with global warming, so our conservative politicians tell us. Our failure to act on climate change will be condemned by future generations.
  • 13 - 31.1 °C (88.0 °F)
  • 14 - 42.8 °C (109.0 °F)
  • 15 - 41.7 °C (107.1 °F)
  • 16 - 43.9 °C (111.0 °F)
  • 17 - 43.9 °C (111.0 °F)

33 comments:

  1. Andrew, I don't know how to survive over 40 C . It is a hell on the Earth..Air condition is necessarry..

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    1. Gosia, it is usually only a couple of days when it is so hot. Did you note the new QLD Premier has a Polish name. Her father was Polish.

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    2. Andrew, I have notived at Diane Blog now.. Since 1st February till 14 th February ae have winter break at school so I am going to much more time to read carefully blogs..

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    3. Yes, I saw now Gosia.

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  2. Arrogance, and a belief that they are entitled to rule... And their perception that they know better than anyone else what is wrong and how to fix it

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    1. EC, it does seem to be a trait of Liberal parties in power. But they aren't seeming to be there very long. Yes, while they continue to say it is about selling the message, they just aren't getting it.

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  3. my horror at the heat (2 days of 30C+ are coming up) is that I see all the tragic stock in crunchy dry paddocks with no trees for shade and their water source is warm and slimy, then packed into trucks hurtling up roads at high speed to be penned and sold for slaughter by us and worse, those fkn Saudis. How people can eat meat and sleep at night is a mystery to me.
    Air con spews British Thermal Units of heat into the air making hot days hotter. Think of that when you step into the chilly Multiplex or supermarket. You are correct in saying future generations will shake their heads at our foolishness.

    The British thermal unit (BTU or Btu) is a traditional unit of energy equal to about 1055 joules. It is the amount of energy needed to cool or heat one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit (Physical analogue; one four inch, wooden kitchen match consumed completely generates 1 BTU).
    British thermal unit - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    1. Yes Ann. Well the cool could not last forever. I would have thought things were a bit on the green side in the countryside. Fresh water is so important and so is shade.

      Yes, the city is a hot place now, heated by cars and air con. I'll just turn the air con up a bit then :-P

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  4. oh and Newman - that dreadful wife massaging him during his 'concession' speech just made me sick. I had to turn off the telecast.

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    1. I missed that Ann, fortunately.

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  5. Political drama there too. Somehow makes me feel better.

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    1. Ah yes Strayer. Now it looks like we will change our Prime Minister.

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    2. Do you think it will come to that Andrew?

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    3. Maybe not yet Cathy. It will be done at the MOST opportune moment. It will be interesting to see if they go with Bishop, rather than the more electable and benign Turnbull, with Turnbull already having had a crack at it. While I a ideologically opposed to the Liberal Party, and I don't know a lot about The Bishop's personal politics, she is an impressive performer. Like The Abbott and Howard, she exercises in the morning. I don't think Churchill ever did that. Always too hungover.

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    1. No surprise there Diane. You must have been very happy.

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  7. I hope the pride march doesn't get rained on, will they still march if it does rain?
    I'm loving the cooler summer so far, woke up to grey skies this morning, but it's clearing and there is quite a lot of blue sky now. I hope this doesn't mean hotter than usual March, April and May.

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    1. River, yes they still march but I can't ever recall it raining heavily. As it was, the showers cleared and the weather was just cool and overcast. We had a nice time. I'll put some photos up at a later date.

      I fear as you do, especially February and March. Hmm, never used to be really hot in March.

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  8. I don't really want the 'hotter than hell days' day after day to come back but it would be nice to have some warm summery weather.
    I heard over the weekend Melbourne just had its coolest January for 15 years - they aren't telling us anything we didn't know, we had to put an extra blanket on the bed some nights :)
    No comment on politicians - they are all as bad as each other. Gosh I do sound like a grumpy old woman don't I lol

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    1. Extra blanket indeed Cathy. I just wrapped the doubled over sheet a little more snugly around myself. It was a wee bit cool though. I won't use the doona until about May.

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    2. I've been sleeping under the doona plus a silk overthrow most nights. Nights here have been very cool, plus I run the fan to keep mosquitos away since the back door is propped open to let Angel into the porch area. The securely locked porch area.

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  9. Did you end up going? As usual I forgot until late afternoon! Too late. Ah well the weather was not wonderful.

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    1. We did Fen. I should have invited you to join our motley crew, but then weren't you busy with auntie duties? The weather was ok for the parade.

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  10. And yet, so many still call climate change a myth.

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    1. I am surprised you say that Mitchell. We are informed the world is well aware of climate change and Australia is well behind.

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  11. Maybe a hung parliament, but I do hope not.
    We haven't had a warm summer as yet, maybe 1 week of 25 - 31, and that's about it, but forecast is for 32 on Saturday, I think it is. We will probably have a late summer, the children go back to school this week down here, and it always gets hotter after that for awhile.

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    1. WA, you certainly have experience of a hung parliament.

      I am sure in a couple of weeks I will be pining for this cool weather.

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  12. Julie Bishop seems to be impressing a lot of people as Foreign Minister but most of them have forgotten that as Shadow Treasurer in Opposition a few years ago she most unimpressive under pressure.

    As for Melbourne's heat I'm sure the tennis players appreciated this coolest of Australian Opens in many years.

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    1. I do recall that Victor, now you have reminded me. What interesting times we live in, but hasn't it always been thus.

      Yes, the heat policy was barely mentioned once it became clear there would be no heat.

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  13. I still think that federal should be one party and the states the other one maybe not a lot will get done but it will be done carefully and maybe done right the first time.
    Merle..........

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    1. Merle, isn't that pretty well what happens? We do elect the opposing party to the states, and vice versa. But nothing seems to be done right.

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  14. I think we may be breaking some records right now Andrew.. The most fires in the first month of the new year, over a hundred of them started by lightning strikes.. Its been so good have the rain but the thunder and lightning has been a bit scary.

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    1. Sending it our way, no doubt Grace.

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