Joel Gould in the Sunshine Coast Daily (21.1.15) writes of election bribery over Ipswich ‘promises’: ‘In a nutshell, the position being put forward … is that a returned LNP State Government will not fund the projects unless the Ipswich public votes for its local candidates.
Dr Paul Williams, a political analyst at Griffith University, said the LNP’s conduct was “unethical and it does reek of political blackmail. Governments are elected to serve all Queenslanders. That is the whole point of representative democracy, that we are all equal in the eyes of the crown and that there are no first, second or third class citizens. And that no matter how you vote you will be treated as equal before the law… and the parliament and cabinet should treat you equally.”