Part 11 of NoFibs Australian election coverage 2016: @Qldaah #ausvotes #auspol #qldpol

Ongoing coverage of the Australian election campaign for 2016.

Part 3 of NoFibs Australian election coverage 2016: @Qldaah #ausvotes #auspol #qldpol

Rolling coverage of the Australian election campaign for 2016. Table of contents Jump to comments section. Mathias knew nothing. What Mitch knew. Send in the cops. Medicare thaw. They took our jobs and growth. . (May 22, 2016) Day 15 – Mathias knew nothing Senator Mathias Cormann didn’t know about the raids Senator Mathias Cormann has given us all a break from his ‘jobs and growth’ three-word slogan to tell us he knew nothing of the AFP investigation into NBN leaks and thinks current politician entitlements are fair. Paul Karp reported, “Finance minister says rules that allow MPs to claim both travel allowance and tax deduction for the same property are […]

Pt 1 – Australian election blog 2016: @Qldaah #ausvotes #auspol #qldpol

Blog along as we cover the long Australian election campaign for 2016. Table of contents Jump to comments section. Mal’s Panama Papers. Saving Albo. Pies and Toast. Battleground Queensland. To the Governor General. . (May 12, 2016) Day 5 – Mal’s Panama Papers Siberian gold mines and Mossack Fonseca Elise Worthington reported, “Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has denied any wrongdoing after his name was found in the massive Panama Papers database.”: Malcolm Turnbull denies any wrongdoing after being listed in Panama Papers. The Sydney Morning Herald reported, “Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was once a director of an offshore company set up by Mossack Fonseca, data from the Panama Papers shows.”: Panama Papers: […]

‘We will fight for the worker’ – Michaelia Cash threatens double dissolution: @Qldaah #ausvotes #qldpol #auspol

Update – February 2, 2016 ABC Election Analyst Antony Green confirmed the Turnbull Government does have an election trigger on the issue of the ABCC but the request to the Governor-General would need to be made before May, 2016. . “The government has a valid trigger in the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Bill 2014, but any request for a double dissolution on the basis of this legislation must be made by early May 2016,” he wrote. Senator Michaelia Cash again publicly indicated that the government would go to a double dissolution election if its legislation did not pass in the Senate telling the ABC, “We already have a double dissolution trigger.” Earlier Federal Minister […]

By hook or by crook – The #CashForTurnbacks scandal: @Qldaah #auspol

Live blog of the media reports on the “cash for turnbacks” crisis. Check back regularly for updates.   (Jump to comments section) Introduction. (February 5, 2016) – Senate inquiry, Canberra. (December 2, 2015) – Court proceedings, Indonesia. (November 8, 2015) – Government operates within the law. (November 5, 2015) – People smugglers go on trial. (October 30, 2015) – Amnesty’s ‘ideological attack’. (October 29, 2015) – Amnesty concludes transnational crime. (August 6, 2015) – Saving lives. (July 20, 2015)  – AFP essential priority. (June 24, 2015)  – Senate inquiry to launch. (June 20, 2015)  – Counter allegations. (June 19, 2015)  – Justifying paying people smugglers. (June 18, 2015)  – International waters intercept. (June […]

No public transport for you – The #QldWeekly blogazine: @Qldaah #qldpol

Follow the week in Queensland politics and news at NoFibs blogazine. Table of contents No public transport funding for you. (May 30, 2015) – The Courier Mail attacks ‘Green smear’. (May 29, 2015) – LNP asks, ‘What went wrong?’ (May 28, 2015) – Queensland’s overcrowded prisons. (May 27, 2015) – The value of political connections. (May 26, 2015) – No deals for Carmody. (May 25, 2015) – Tim Carmody ready to resign. (May 24, 2015) – No funding without asset sales. . No public transport for you Queenslanders face a third election on asset sales as Prime Minister Tony Abbott told reporters in Brisbane this that he would not be […]

Premier nation – Power shift to the sub-national leaders: The #QldWeekly blogazine: #qldpol @Qldaah

Blogging the week in Queensland politics. Check back for updates. Table of contents Premier nation. (April 25, 2015) – Abbott Government not engaging on public transport. (April 24, 2015) – Qld shopping hours deregulation debate. (April 23, 2015) – Field of study – Combating climate change deniers. (April 22, 2015) – Auscript under fire. (April 21, 2015) – Justice system can do better with DV. (April 20, 2015) – Unions and Labor, no secret. (April 19, 2015) – Medical marijuana trial. . Premier nation In a recent Australian National University (ANU) – Social Research Centre study, satisfaction with democracy in Australia had declined from 86 percent in 2007 to 72 percent in […]

Auscript welcomes referral to Queensland Auditor-General: @Qldaah #auslaw #qldpol

Allegations against contractor Auscript of poor court transcripts. The Newman Government announced the outsourcing of court transcription and recording services to Auscript on February 22, 2013. The then Attorney-General, Jarrod Bleijie, declared that this would save $6 million. The move ultimately resulted in the shutting down of the State Reporting Bureau (SRB). “The outsourcing of transcription services is expected to save the State up to $6 million annually,” he stated at the time. However, on August 7, 2014, it was revealed that Auscript was a LNP donor, who paid $2,000 to attend a function. Chief executive, Peter Wyatt, also donated $5,000 to the LNP. Another company he was director of gave an amount […]

Simply the best – Timothy Paul Gear, analysis of a Qld LNP troll: #qldpol #MediaWatch @Qldaah

Just days before the Liberal National Party launched an attack on Queensland Labor over the Billy Gordon case, one of their own was sentenced to jail. The Courier Mail reported in its Sunday Mail edition that Timothy Paul Gear, 23, had been sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, fully suspended for 18 months for child sex offences. Gear was the Chairman of the LNP Currumbin Branch and Secretary of the Gold Coast LNP. He had aspired to be a future member of parliament. The Gold Coast remains a power base for the LNP with voters religiously voting blue. At the 2015 state election, despite MP for Mermaid Beach Ray Steven’s “chicken dance”at reporter Dave Donovan, despite MP […]

Rise of the 55th, death to the Dixer – The #QldWeekly blogazine: #qldpol @Qldaah

Rise of the 55th Queensland Parliament. (March 27, 2015) – Question time. (March 26, 2015) – Vote of confidence. (March 25, 2015) – Opening day. (March 24, 2015) – Speaker elected. (March 23, 2015) – Death of the Dixer. (March 22, 2015) – Reef plan not good enough. Blogging the week Check back with us as we blog the week in Queensland politics and news. . Rise of the 55th Queensland Parliament Queensland’s 55th parliament will commence this week over a two day ceremony. MPs will meet at the house on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 to elect a Speaker. Once the parliament has decided, the candidate will travel to the Queensland […]