Andrew Laming’s latest beating up on teachers justifies a letter of complaint to the LNP. If you agree with it; then like, share and/or comment the post to add you name to the letter. HAVE YOUR SAY.
Mr Gary Spence
Liberal National Party of Queensland
66-68 Bowen Street
Spring Hill QLD 4000
Dear Mr. Spence,
We, the undersigned, are electors of the federal seat of Bowman in Queensland.
Redlands City is an LNP stronghold. Two of its three state seats are held by your party’s Matt McEachan and Mark Robinson. The mayor, Karen Williams, and several councillors, are LNP aligned.
This letter does not question the political status quo – the Liberal National Party is clearly ahead. It is probable that LNP supporters in this electorate are well-represented among the names below.
Perhaps you know what’s coming. We’re saving the bad news for last. The bad news has a name – Andrew Charles Laming.
Once again, in 2016, he was chosen by your party to contest the safe federal seat of Bowman. We understand the political protocol of re-endorsing sitting members. It has given the federal LNP a slender majority in Canberra, under Malcolm Turnbull. It has given us another four years saddled with one of the rolled-gold duds of Australian politics. You will be familiar with the evidence.
It took Andrew Laming less than three years, after winning Bowman in 2004, to display his ineptitude and bad judgement. During the election campaign of 2007, to the delight of Kevin Rudd and the Labor Party, Andrew Laming’s office was raided by the Federal Police seeking evidence that he had fraudulently claimed $67,000 worth of taxpayer funds for printing campaign material.
It transpired Mr. Laming had tried to carry forward unspent electoral allowances rather than return them to general revenue as proscribed. As a result a Brisbane printer was paid $67,000 as “received” for goods that didn’t exist. In the words of the printer himself, “I think he’s been very foolish, but I don’t think he’s been involved in anything criminal.” Laming’s foolishness snatched the news agenda away from John Howard for precious days before the 2007 election. On polling day, Rudd inflicted a massive defeat on the Howard government.
Cruelly for the Redlands, Laming held his seat in the 2007 ‘Ruddslide’ – by 64 votes. It had nothing to do with his performance, he was just, and only just, outside the national swing that would have unseated him.
The next victim of Mr. Laming’s foolishness was his own political career. Appointed by Opposition Leader Tony Abbott to his shadow secretariat, with responsibility for regional health services and indigenous health, the member for Bowman made no impact for better or worse between 2010 and January 2013 when the sound of Laming shooting himself in the foot echoed around the country.
An insignificant dispute between Indigenous and Pacific Island residents of Logan became a national news story after Laming tweeted ” Mobs tearing up Logan tonight. Did any of them do a day’s work today, or was it business as usual and welfare on tap?” He was unable to produce any supporting evidence of unemployment or welfare dependency among the protagonists. It quickly emerged that there was none to produce. Tony Abbott put a line through the name Andrew Laming, and he has been condemned to the furtherest reaches of the LNP backbench ever since.
Mr. Spence, we understand why your party has written him off as a go-nowhere, but why should we be left with the mess – left to endure the sneering oafish pomposity with which Mr. Laming attempts to distract us from his laziness, his refusal to countenance views not his own, and, to repeat, his foolishness.
In March 2015, Laming was suspended from Parliament for bringing a jar of blackfuel into the chamber and pouring it out onto his hand, in protest at the pollution left by cruise ship liners. Speaker Bishop described his actions as “… totally disorderly, disrespectful of the House and the Federation Chamber and potentially dangerous to the health and safety of members and staff of the Federation Chamber”. I think she means stupid.
At a local level he is equally obnoxious: Here’s a Facebook exchange concerning a new mobile tower that was rumored for Coochiemudlo Island in the Redlands:
NATALIE SMITH: Excited at the prospect of a new mobile tower in December. Andrew Laming is that the tower to be erected on Coochie?
ANDREW LAMING: No of course not, we build it to cover the most people. Coochie and SMBI are the last humans eastwards and Straddie north easterly, so you dont build a tower to cover the pellagic mackerel in the Pacific Ocean. The tower goes on the mainland to serve islands, but improve everyone else as well. Hope that explains…
MARGARET ANDERSON: What a shame we are all so stupid on the islands … basically we dont rate…. Mr Laming has just made that quite clear.
ANDREW LAMING: Oh brother. I cant please everyone, even when I deliver the mobile tower and arrange the high speed roadband 6-8 years sooner that previously planned. No worries. I just work harder.
A subsequent phone call to Telstra, by an island resident (that’s all it took) confirmed that the tower was always going to be built on Coochiemudlo Island, and not the mainland. Six months later, that happened. As for the high speed broadband that Mr. Laming is going to arrange (6-8 years sooner) it has now been put back again from 2016 to 2019 for many Redlands residents.
Mr. Spence, think of us as dudded consumers. We bought this Laming thing in 2004, and all it’s done is sit in the corner doing nothing, or occasionally blow up in our faces. Once it even stood on its head and drank a beer. It was incorrectly sold to us as a federal representative, not the class clown or village idiot it’s turned out to be. It’s costing us an absolute bomb, around $200,000 a year, for what?
We want a replacement, nothing fancy, just one that works, listens, speaks sensibly, and doesn’t vomit all over us and make us the laughing stock of our neighbours. Why not give a good LNP up-and-comer a break, and a safe electorate. Why not (and we’re not being sarcastic or ironic here), why not, do the right thing?
Concerned electors of the federal seat of Bowman in Queensland