Friday, January 14, 2011

She Stands Tall

Anna Bligh the Premier of Queensland who has received much criticism and blamed for a backlash againts labour in the last federal election has shown Queensland, Australia and the World that she is not only a great leader but a devoted Queenslander who has stood 'tall' during this disaster that has hit Queensland so hard. I heard reporters say that she has gained support for teh way she has handled this situation and this is exactly my thoughts.  She has been hands on, keeping the public informed, breaking sad news of deaths and pulling no punches that more were expected.  Her strong messages to the Brisbane people on Wednesday "to get out" don't wait were heeded and she expressed yesterday her pride in these people. Also she has shown a very human side as she became emotional the strain starting to show when she said
"As we weep for what we have lost, and as we grieve for family and friends and we confront the challenge that is before us, I want us to remember who we are.                          

"We are Queenslanders. We are the people they breed tough north of the border. We're the ones that they knock down, and we get up again.

"Together we can pull through this, and with your help, we can achieve it."


Anna born in born in Warwick in 1960 grew up on the Gold Coast and has lived in South Brisbane for more than 20 years. She is married to Greg Withers who is a senior public servant and they have two sons Joe who was born in 1987 and Oliver in 1993.