The mayoral election is traditionally an opportunity for politicians with no real interest in improving the lives of others to make promises they don’t intend to keep in order to make sure they can keep their jobs for another term.

This year in Brisbane however, nothing changed and it was just as insanely boring as ever. Graeme Quirk was reelected as the name that most people recognised on the ballot sheet, while the other guy…Richard?…made some great promises about roads going to somewhere, or something like that.

Graeme Quirk no doubt has good intentions, is highly motivated and is an excellent human being but he’s utterly devoid of personality and seems to have no passion for anything, right up until twenty minutes before an election and then we have to see him on so many billboards and TV ads we wonder where he got the money…oh right, he got it from us.

But hey, he’s done a lot, here are the examples he cites on his website

– Easing traffic congestion with major infrastructure projects across the city – including the TransApex network of cross city tunnels and bridges along with the Road Action Program which has fast-tracked 15 years of urgent road works into just four years;

– Improving public transport with 500 new buses, 11 new CityCats, and introducing the CityGlider bus service and free City Hopper ferries.

– A green city with the planting of 2 million new trees, purchasing 500 hectares of bushland for preservation and using 100% renewable energy within Council;

– Enhancing Brisbane’s capacity for long-term economic growth and supporting measures that will attract more events, visitors and investment to the city.

Built roads that were going to be built anyway, bought buses and boats with our money and they would have be purchased anyway, planted some trees and that last one doesn’t even mean anything – it’s just a bunch of words. These are the achievements that Graeme himself sites as his best in five years, after serving as deputy mayor under walking disaster Campbell Newman and first joining the Brisbane city Council at the tender age of 27. He should really know what an accomplishment looks like, but it’s not his fault because he’s a career politician and the Lord Mayor role is a ridiculously cushy one that nobody cares about until it stuffs up.

Campbell Newman could have done better to amalgamate the offices of the Brisbane Lord Mayor and Premier, removing a heap of cost and bureaucracy rather than sacking thousands of people during one of the worst economic disasters we’ve experienced in recent history.

A government requires an amount of bureaucracy in order to control overzealous elements from making stupid and/or overly optimistic decisions, but the Brisbane Lord Mayoral position is an example of too many chiefs that really are not required.