Life in the Farce Lane
Posted by Possum Comitatus on November 19, 2007
We’ve all seen the Coalition local campaign themes of “cracking down on local crime“, “making our roads safer” and my particular favourite – combating “hooning, graffiti and drugs on our streets“.
The problem with these types of campaigns though, is that there’s always some silly knob out there that puts his foot in it.
I present to you Michael “Hoonster” Johnson, the Liberal member for Ryan.
Johnson is concerned about hooning (quite a popular affliction amongst struggling Coalition members of late), so much so that he’s fond of urging mandatory defensive driving courses for learners, as he did back in December:
“He says defensive driving courses should be mandatory.
“I just think that when it comes to saving lives it doesn’t matter who can address this issue, some entity of government should attempt to do it,” he said.
“As a member of the Federal Parliament, I certainly call on my level of Government to take the lead, particularly if the state governments aren’t serious about it.
“I call on the Federal Government, the state governments and local governments to really get off all our backsides and do what we can within our legislative power to prevent further loss of life, particularly at Christmas or Easter.
And if we can prevent that, we must. ” “
Johnson is so shocked at all this bad driving, that he continued hammering home the issue in June:
“I draw to the parliament’s attention today the fact that the number of road fatalities to date this year in Queensland is 173. That represents some 33 more Australians killed than at this time last year. If this trend continues, by 31 December 2007 there will be some 450 fatalities in Queensland alone. I think the time has come for all of us to address this. We can do something about it. I call on all Australians who might be listening, if they have any ideas or thoughts about how we can reduce this figure, to get in touch with their local member. As the federal member for the Queensland seat of Ryan, I encourage all Queenslanders, when you have a really serious issue, to contact your Queensland federal member.”
If you have any solutions for this terrible scourge of bad driving, contact your local member!
Got that folks?
Now let me bring to your attention a piece in yesterdays Sunday Mail. It seems Michael ‘Hoonster’ Johnson finds himself in bit of a pickle:
“Qld Liberal MP Michael Johnson has been caught by police speeding in a school zone while on the election campaign trail. Mr Johnson was booked doing 55km/h in a 40km/h zone outside Stuartholme School in Birdwood Terrace at Toowong in Brisbane on Thursday.”
I think the last word on hooning, speeding and generally acting recklessly and endangering the lives of children should go to the Hoonster himself:
“I am sure that all members of the parliament from all parties and of all political colours would support me in the thrust of what I am saying today. I encourage all Australians to contact their local federal member to say, ‘Let’s put this front and centre in the political debate.’ That we lose hundreds of lives each year is a tragedy. That hundreds of lives are lost each year unnecessarily is a shame for all of us.”
I’d imagine right about now he doesn’t want to put it too “front and centre in the political debate” though
On a more serious note, that Scintillating Psephy from Stanford, Simon Jackman, has ‘pooled the polls’ and predicted the parliament… so to speak. I’m not going to tell you what he came up with, you’ll have to go and take a look for yourself 😉