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Central Queensland wants a home-grown PM after election

Kevin Rudd at the Rockhampton Hospital in 2010 when he was Prime Minister.
Kevin Rudd at the Rockhampton Hospital in 2010 when he was Prime Minister. CHRIS ISON

IT would appear Central Queenslanders still want a Queensland Prime Minister.

A post on The Bulletin Facebook page yesterday afternoon, viewed by over 17,600, received more than 430 comments, with most saying the same thing - they want Kevin Rudd to run the country after the September 14 Federal election.

The post gave people four options in who they wanted running the country after the election - Kevin Rudd, Malcolm Turnbull, Tony Abbott and Julia Gillard.

Who would you vote for?
Who would you vote for?

One Labor Party support went to the effort of posting a list of accomplishments by the ALP Federal Government since it gained power in 2007. Click here to see the list or scroll down.

Meanwhile, there were quite a number of comments along the lines of E or none of the above.

A few posted comments suggesting the Governor-General Quentin Bryce should have done a John Kerr by now.

Mick Shannon said the current Federal government was the worst due to the fact it had turned a 40+ billion dollar surplus into an almost 300 billion dollar debt.

"If they were running a company, they would have been sacked a long time ago," he said.

"Your right Mick, the Governor General should have stepped in ages ago like what happened to Gough Whitlam in 1975," Cameron Hewitt posted.

"We are in far worse trouble now than we were then.

"Unemployment is skyrocketing businesses going into receivership mostly small business, Contractors knocked off because of cost cutting all from new taxes, car manufacturing jobs lost overseas all because of carbon tax and the list goes on we are in a lot of trouble. anyone who thinks labour is the right candidate is MAD they are run by unions that have driven this country into the ground (worst government in history full stop). When you have a 300 billion dollar debt and implement taxes that have put up the costs of running a business and costs of living you are NOT doing a great job your hurting the people of this country. This election is not going to come quick enough, so many people have lost there livelihoods unnecessarily because of this labour government. The Governor General should step in enough is enough before its too late."

Adrian Price -  I can't believe people think "A"is a viable option when even his own party won't elect him leader, let alone the path he started us down. It's a pretty scary position.

Craig Shuker - to be honest, rudd.....he's a queenslander and was readily seen helping out those affected by the brissy floods.....never saw any of the others doing the same to help....i really do think that we should move away from compulsory voting as the pollies fighting for the top job would work harder and be more "honest" to work for our vote....would sort the men from the no-so-honest men.

Kevin Uren - B.  Forget the Parties - Malcolm is a highly successful business person who has the right ethics and statesman like qualities to lead our nation. I just wish all candidates were Independents and not playing the Party game.

Meredith Law - Regardless of who wins it needs to be balanced ( as in the one party not holding majority of seats) not the almost total wipe out that we saw with the qld's elections and the dictatorship we are enduring in its aftermath.

Candice Bernardoni - I pick B. he's the only one that can run a business, is wealthy in his own right and that's what this country needs. Who cares about popularity, religion or sex when it's about economics and good management.

Terry Ashton - Choices A. Bill Gates, B. Alan Dale C. Golem D. Ronald McDonald in Drag.
If he can get the ring back of Frodo I'm going for C Eddie

A few have said Joe Hockey, some Clive Palmer, one for Bruce Diamond, quite a few E's or none of the aboves. There was even one post informing everyone of the political parties that were not the Liberal National Party, the Australian Labor Party or the Greens. Click here to see that list.

Laine Reynolds - None. We are long over due for a new government that actually cares about the people and not their pay checks

Darren M Pollard - Maybe Eddie Maguire could give it a go he seems to be every where else.

Meanwhile, the same post was published on Facebook pages across the APN group's Queensland pages. Click here to see story on Queensland wide reaction.

One site alone topped 50,000 people.

The post on the Sunshine Coast Daily's Facebook page, which has 97,000 plus fans, was seen by more than 52,000 - one of the biggest results in the site's short history.

Thousands cast their votes in regions including the Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Toowoomba, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Mackay and further south to Coffs Harbour.

Some took the opportunity to warn of a Tony Abbott led government, while others blasted the backroom deals which saw Julia Gillard knife Kevin Rudd in the back to take the leadership.

Kim Magee posted - BTW ALP achievements/bills since they came to office in 2007.

• NBN (the real one) - total cost $37.4b (Government contribution: $30.4b)

• BER 7,920 schools: 10,475 projects. (completed at less than 3% dissatisfaction rate)

• Gonski - Education funding reform

• NDIS/DisabilityCare

• MRRT & aligned PRRT

• Won seat at the UN

• Signed Kyoto

• Signatory to Bali Process & Regional Framework

• Eradicated WorkChoices

• Established Fair Work Australia

• Established Carbon Pricing/ETS (7% reduction in emissions since July last year)

• Established National Network of Reserves and Parks

• Created world's largest Marine Park Network

• Introduced Reef Rescue Program

• National Apology

• Sorry to the Stolen Generation

• Increased Superannuation from 9 to 12%

• Changed 85 laws to remove discrimination against same sex couples

• Introduced National Plan to reduce violence against women and children

• Improvements to Sex Discrimination Act

• Introduced Plain packaging of cigarettes

• Legislated Equal pay (social & community workers up to 45% pay increases)

• Legislated Australia's first Paid Parental Leave scheme

• Established $10b Renewable energy fund

• Legislated Murray/Darling Basin plan (the first in a hundred years of trying.)

• Increased Education funding by 50%

• Established direct electoral enrolment

• Created 190,000 more University places

• Achieved 1:1 ratio, computers for year 9-12 students

• Established My School

• Established National Curriculum

• Established NAPLAN

• Increased Health funding by 50%

• Legislated Aged care package

• Legislated Mental health package

• Legislated Dental Care package

• Created 90 Headspace sites

• Created Medicare Locals Program

• Created Aussie Jobs package

• Created Kick-Start Initiative (apprentices)

• Funded New Car plan (industry support)

• Created Infrastructure Australia

• Established Nation Building Program (350 major projects)

• Doubled Federal Roads budget ($36b) (7,000kms of roads)

• Rebuilding 1/3 of interstate rail freight network

• Committed more to urban passenger rail than any government since Federation

• Developed National Ports Strategy

• Developed National Land Freight Strategy

• Created the nations first ever Aviation White Paper

• Revitalized Australian Shipping

• Reduced transport regulators from 23 to 3 (saving $30b over 20years)

• Introduced NICS - infrastructure schedule

• Australia has moved from 20th in 2007 to 2nd on OECD infrastructure ranking

• Awarded International Infrastructure Minister of the Year (2012 Albanese)

• Awarded International Treasurer of the Year (2011 Swan)

• Introduced Anti-dumping and countervailing system reforms

• Legislated Household Assistance Package

• Introduced School Kids Bonus

• Increased Childcare rebate (to 50%)

• Allocated $6b to Social Housing (20,000 homes)

• Provided $5b to Support for Homelessness

• Established National Rental Affordability Scheme ($4.5b)

• Introduced Closing the Gap

• Supports Act of Recognition for constitutional change

• Provided the highest pension increase in 100 years

• Created 900,000 new jobs

• Established National Jobs Board

• Allocated $9b for skills and training over 5 years

• Established Enterprise Connect (small business)

• Appointed Australia's first Small Business Commissioner

• Introduced immediate write-off of assets costing less than $6,500 for Sm/Bus

• Introduced $5,000 immediate write-off for Small Business vehicles over $6,500

• Introduced Small business $1m loss carryback for tax rebate from previous year

• Legislated Australian Consumer law

• Introduced a national levy to assist Queensland with reconstruction

• Standardized national definition of flood for Insurance purposes.

• Created Tourism 2020

• Completed Australia's first feasibility study on high speed rail

• Established ESCAS (traceability and accountability in live animal exports)

• Established Royal Commission into Institutional Sexual Abuse

• Established National Crime Prevention Fund

• Lowered personal income taxes (Ave family now pays $3,500 less p.a. than 2007)

• Raised the tax-free threshold from $6,000 to $18,200

• Australia now the richest per capita nation on earth

• First time ever Australia has three triple A credit ratings from all three credit agencies

• Low inflation

• Lowest interest rates in 60 years (Ave mortgagee paying $5,000 less p.a. than 2007)

• Low unemployment

• Lowest debt to GDP in OECD

• Australian dollar is now fifth most traded in the world and IMF Reserve Currency

• One of the world's best performing economies during and since the GFC

• Australia now highest ranked for low Sovereign Risk

• Overseen the largest fiscal tightening in nations history (4.4%)

• 21 years of continuous economic growth (trend running at around 3%pa)

• 11 years of continuous wages growth exceeding CPI

• Increasing Productivity

• Increasing Consumer Confidence

• Record foreign investment

• Historic levels of Chinese/Australian bilateral relations

• First female Prime Minister

• First female Governor General

• First female Attorney General

.... now *that's* Governing ! amen

Other political parties (not Liberal National Party, Australian Labor Party or The Greens)

Protectionists Party
www.protectionist.net/

Senator Online
www.senatoronline.org.au/

Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) Party
australianhempparty.com/

The Secular Party
www.secular.org.au/

Pirate Party
pirateparty.org.au/

Sovereignty Party
www.sovereigntyparty.org.au/

Liberal Democrat Party
ldp.org.au/

Australia First Party
ausfirst.alphalink.com.au/

Australian Sex Party
www.sexparty.org.au/

Carers Alliance Party
www.carers.org.au/

Non-Custodial Parents Party (Equal Parenting)
www.equalparenting.org.au/

One Nation Party
www.onenation.com.au/

Australian First Nations Political Party
caama.com.au/tag/first-nations-political-party

Animal Justice Party
www.animaljusticeparty.org/

Australian Democrats Party
www.australiandemocrats.org.au/

Australian Fishing and Lifestyle Party
aflp.org.au/

Shooters and Fishers Party
www.shootersandfishers.org.au/

Building Australia Party
www.buildingaustralia.org.au/

Socialist Alliance
www.socialist-alliance.org/

Socialist Equality Party
www.sep.org.au/website/

Citizens Electoral Council
cecaust.com.au/default.asp

Country Alliance Party
www.countryalliance.org/

Climate Sceptics Party
www.climate-sceptics.com.au/

Rise Up Australia Party
riseupaustraliaparty.com/

National Liberty Party
www.nationallibertyparty.com.au/

The Australia Together Party
www.atparty.org.au/

Katter's Australian Party
www.ausparty.org.au/

Wikileaks Party
www.wikileaksparty.org.au/

The Stable Population Party
www.populationparty.org.au/

Party for Freedom Party
www.partyforfreedom.com.au/

Bullet Train For Australia Party
bullettrainforaustralia.com.au/

Topics:  federal election 2013, julia gillard, kevin rudd, malcolm turnbull, prime minister, tony abbott




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