The Mundingburra gambit: The plan to recapture Herbert – @Qldaah #qldpol #auspol

Inconsistencies alleged by the Liberal National Party in the polling for the Queensland federal seat of Herbert echo the 1995 legal challenge to Labor’s victory in the Queensland state electorate of Mundingburra.

Redclaw politics in the unicameral state – Analysis: @Qldaah #qldpol

How Queensland’s electoral voting system was reformed within the space of a month. Table of contents Jump to comments section. Redclaw politics. Post-Fitzgerald Inquiry era. The Representation Bill. Eighteen minutes in Hell. Blood, teeth and claws. . Redclaw politics Call it a Coup d’état, a reform, an upheaval or the trashing of the legacy of the Fitzgerald Inquiry, Queensland now has a new set of election rules. The Queensland Liberal National Party’s (LNP) dogmatic quest for more electorates has led to the unexpected reintroduction of compulsory preferential voting (CPV) by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s minority Labor Government. The changes mean an additional four electorates will be created taking the total number of […]

Railway to nowhere – The Qld Weekly #qldpol: @Qldaah

Galaxy poll: TPP 50-50, Labor leads on primary vote. Wayne Goss farewelled at public memorial. Railway to nowhere – Adani taxpayer funded infrastructure. No inquiry into cash for sand. UMC vows new VLAD law challenge. . Galaxy poll: TPP 50-50, Labor leads on primary vote On Friday, The Courier Mail ran with a confident Premier Campbell Newman striding toward the camera and the headline, “Nod For New Man”. The latest Galaxy poll it commissioned showed his preferred premier percentile had risen 5 points to 47 percent. In contrast, Opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk fell 4 points to 37 percent. However, it’s the party polling that appears to be dragging the Liberal […]

A developer in the House – The Qld Weekly #qldpol: @Qldaah

Keeping Qld safe from terrorists, Russians, Ebola and Crocodiles. Roy Morgan Poll – It’s Labor 50.5pc TPP. A Developer in the House. Dr Ken Levy returned as CCC boss. BAU for the Blame Labor Party. Asset leasing, it’s like Hong Kong. Tweet of the week 1 – That’ll stop the terrorists. Tweet of the week 2 – Question on a beer coaster. . Keeping Qld safe from terrorists, Russians, Ebola and Crocodiles In the wake of the attack on the Canadian Parliament, Speaker of the Queensland House Fiona Simpson opened this week’s parliament by expressing appreciation for the state’s Sergeant-at-Arms and the Queensland Police. “On behalf of our Parliament, I […]

Certa bonum certamen: Tony Fitzgerald renames ‘bullying cowards’ @couriermail the ‘Craven Mail’ #qldpol

On Tuesday night, Queensland’s pre-eminent corruption fighter Tony Fitzgerald used his introduction to the biannual “Tony Fitzgerald Lecture” at Griffith University by Professor David Bayley to fight back against the The Courier Mail’s latest attack on his credibility. Having supplied a pre-scripted speech to the media before taking to the podium, Mr Fitzgerald surprised everyone when he veered off his notes to lambast the Queensland paper for being  pro-Newman Government. NoFibs has obtained a transcript of Mr Fitzgerald’s remarks. The Craven Mail by Tony Fitzgerald Observations of mine in tonight’s program will again “irritate” the Murdoch media, especially Queensland’s own Courier Mail, which would be better called the Craven Mail since most bullies are […]

Tony Fitzgerald plays Nostradamus: #Qldpol #murdoch ‘propaganda’ blather will go on

Margo: Tony Morris QC, who, like Brandis, I was at law school with at Queensland University, wrote an opinion piece in today’s Courier Mail critiquing Tony Fitzgerald and backing Tim Carmody’s appointment as Chief Justice of the Queensland Supreme Court. But he has privately condemned it, exposed by the ABC’s Melina Howells June 18,2014. Tony Fitzgerald’s statement in reply today, August 4, 2014: “Another day, with still more boring News Corporation ‘ignore the merits, dissent is bias’ blather. It’s become easy to predict the next stage leading up to the election. 1. The judges of the Supreme Court Trial Division and Court of Appeal will continue to carry out their duties in accordance with their […]

LibLab public funding deal a ‘financial gerrymander’: Tony Fitzgerald.

By Tony Fitzgerald, 2 June, 2013 The recent proposal to pay extra public money to political parties was widely seen as another misuse of public money for private benefit. However, the scheme was even more objectionable because of the impact that it would have had on future elections. Australian democracy is more than a contest between the major political parties, which are merely private organisations – small groups of people who have banded together to advance their own opinions and interests and those of like-minded people – with no formal status beyond registration under the Commonwealth Electoral Act. However, elections are heavily weighted in favour of the major parties. Each […]

Democracy, ethics, tolerance and public civility

By Tony Fitzgerald December 08, 2012 Margo: Tony has kindly given me permission to publish a piece he wrote for the Oz late last year. There are about 800 politicians in Australia’s parliaments. According to their assessments of each other, that quite small group includes role models for lying, cheating, deceiving, ‘rorting’, bullying, rumour-mongering, back-stabbing, slander, ‘leaking’, ‘dog-whistling’, nepotism and corruption. A recent editorial valiantly suggested that ‘toxic debates test ideas, policy and character’, but a more orthodox view is that ethics, tolerance and civility are intrinsic elements of democratic society and that the politicians’ mutual contempt and aggressive, ‘end justifies the means’ amorality erodes respect for authority and public institutions and compromises social […]