Senate Bingo! The @sarah_capper column

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A whole new class of players joined the Upper House this month, and with a record number of cross-benchers – 18, including the Greens – there will be deals-a-plenty and the “spin cycle” on overdrive. Cards will be kept close to chests; cards will be put out on the table; and, as the last week has shown, […]

Abbott’s confession: I never left the Oz in spirit

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Margo: Thought Abbott couldn’t grovel to Murdoch more than in his ‘Freedom’s discerning friend‘ speech to the IPA last year? Read this. Address to the Australian’s 50th Birthday Gala Dinner Sydney – Check Against Delivery-under Embargo by Political Alert

‘I’m the guy’, how Newman is saving Qld – The #qldpol weekly: @Qldaah

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Fitzgerald’s verdict on Newman Government upheld. ReachTEL poll shows TPP 51 percent to LNP. ‘I’m the guy,’ declares Newman. Whistleblower Graeme Hallett charged by CCC. Is Labor candidate for Stafford Dr Anthony Lynham the best person to take the health portfolio? Breach of security in Qld Health payroll, Lynham’s details leaked. Whooping cough immunization program […]

‘Disdain for democracy’, Fitzgerald’s verdict – The #qldpol weekly: @Qldaah

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Fitzgerald hands down verdict on Newman Govt. Newspoll results show swing away from government by 14 percent. Courier Mail favours LNP to win in 2015 but pledges no favouratism. Labor to restore CCC & repeal donation laws changes. Could former LNP MP Dr Chris Davis defect to Labor? Newman Government announces delivery of police helicopter. […]

Nathan Tinkler & Co – Queensland Political Donors Anonymous: @Kevin_Rennie

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The Boardwalk #1 In 2012 political donations to parties in Queensland were capped at $5000. Donations from related corporations were treated as one from a single entity. Anonymous donations of $200 or more were banned. However, there was a get-out-of-jail-free card. Gifts to political parties were uncapped so long as they were not for campaign […]

The Bleijie Betrayal: analysis, @Qldaah #qldpol

The Bleijie betrayal. How the Newman Government’s Attorney-General broke the confidence and trust of Queensland’s legal community.

The relationship between the Newman Government and the Queensland legal fraternity has deepened into crisis. Outgoing Queensland Chief Justice, Paul de Jersey has called for unity amongst the legal fraternity over the appointment of Tim Carmody as his replacement. de Jersey will vacate the position to replace Governor of Queensland, Penelope Wensley. A de Jersey […]

A crisis of confidence: @BowlerBarrister on the #CarmodyCrisis #qldpol

A crisis of confidence. @BowlerBarrister takes a look at the problems created around the appointment of Tim Carmody QC to the position of Qld Chief Justice.

By Ross Vernon Bowler LLB Barrister-at-Law The Rule of Law Queensland is a democratic society. Within that democracy Queensland has chosen to make the rule of law a constituent part of its justice system and therefore its societal structure. In its simplest form the rule of law endeavours to ensure justice for all according to […]

It’s not quite over yet: @margokingston #leardblockade Twitter report June 3

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#BentleyBlockade a trigger to taking our country back? @mickdaley1 on the democratic possibilities

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Must SHARE! Awesome edit! @parisanddarmin #Pilliga #leardblockade The Emperor Wears No Clothes – #BentleyBlockade: http://t.co/IR9cWn2ort — Meredith Stanton (@CloudsCreek) May 25, 2014 As tents and tripods came down and people figured out how to extract extract several tonnes of vehicles and associated implements embedded in concrete at Gates A, B and C to the farm slated […]

Newman Government changes electoral rules and loses an MP: @Qldaah analysis #qldpol

Newman Government changes electoral rules and loses a MP: @Qldaah analysis #qldpol

Queensland electoral act changes pass parliament prompting a LNP MP to resign.  In a late Thursday night sitting, the Newman Government used its number to push through changes to the Queensland electoral act. Among the changes, one most concerning to objectors is the scrapping of limits to political donations. Previously, caps were set at $5000 […]