Unpleasant news this evening; former Queensland Premier Wayne Goss will undergo surgery early next week to remove a malignant brain tumour; it is Goss’ third such operation in 16 years, and The Red And The Blue wishes him the best.
Goss, of course, was Labor’s breakthrough Premier in Queensland: coming to power in a landslide in 1989, his government ended 32 years of conservative rule in the Sunshine State; whilst his government ended many aspects of that state’s anachronistic and sometimes corrupt practices in politics, police work and business, the reality of the Goss government never fully lived up to the accompanying hype.
Goss’ government fell from office in early 1996 after a supplementary election in the seat of Mundingburra — the result in which from the previous year’s general election was invalidated by the Court of Disputed Returns — was won by the Liberal Party, tying numbers between Labor and the Coalition, and after Independent Liz Cunningham voted to install a minority Coalition government led by the Nationals’ Rob Borbidge.
Goss’ first surgery for brain cancer took place soon thereafter, with additional surgery occurring in 2002.
It is understood Goss’ impending treatment is for a recurrence of the cancer rather than a new growth, but that his prognosis for a full recovery is very good.
This column wishes to minute best wishes to Mr Goss and his family, and hopes Goss is able to make a rapid convalescence and to return to living a full and normal life in his retirement years.