Queensland -- beautiful one day fundamentalist the next!
In a move that is sure to thwart any attempt by Pauline Hanson's One Nation to hold the balance of power in Queensland, the Queensland Government is set to introduce the world's most liberal animal rights legislation.
The proposed legislation, already approved by the National Party, will effectively give domestic farm animals in Queensland the right to vote.
Last night, the Queensland Premier, Rob Borbidge, denied the move was a cynical attempt to bolster the National Party's natural constituency in the face of Pauline Hanson's One Nation threat.
The move, while gaining support, is not without controversy. It is being attacked by animal rights activist, who are sceptical of the Government's motives. They are demanding the same rights and opportunity be given to native species, which are not mentioned in the legislation.
"This is a cynical move by a Government that has constantly ignored the indigenous species of this State," said a spokesperson for the RSPCA. "Their record on native rights is appalling, and in its present form this legislation is unacceptable because of its divisive overtones."
Queensland farmers although supportive of the plan have a few reservations. Most of them are concerned about who will be responsible for the $50.00 fine should any of their livestock fail to register a vote.
The Electoral Commission has extended the deadline for enrollments to ensure everyone has enrolled.
Polling stations across Queensland are already gearing up for a record, festive turnout and were not expecting any problems as most livestock are generally well behaved and should have no problem with being herded single file through a polling booth.
The National Party has also agreed on a plan to supply extra trucks and buses to help transport the numerous bovine and equine voters to polling booths across the country if necessary.
Poll analysts are predicting a 60 percent swing to the National Party, which could increase once the new voters digested One Nation's policy on guns and their intention to repeal most firearm legislation, and make it easier for people to own semi-automatic weapons.
A spokesperson for One Nation dismissed the plan as a political stunt that would backfire. "European domestic species, such as sheep and cattle, are much better bred than the average Queensland voter and would probably be more inclined to support the well-thought-out farmyard policies of One Nation anyway," said a One Nation supporter.
"Once they realise that semi-automatic weapons make it easier to control the vermin that prey on defenceless livestock -- their young kids and offspring -- they will support us in droves."
Whatever the outcome, the Queensland election on June 13, is sure to give new meaning to the donkey vote!