Abbott handshake not enough to bring optical fibre to the bush: @Qldaah #qldpol #auspol

Out in Western Queensland a handshake is a done deal. In May 2015, the then Prime Minister Tony Abbott toured the shires of Barcoo and Diamantina in Western Queensland and inadvertently committed the Federal Government to a $16 million fibre optic project. It was sealed through a handshake with Diamantina Mayor Geoff Morton and Barcoo Mayor Julie Groves. Also present […]

Qld Employment Minister Grace Grace hits back at Courier Mail accusations she’s given up: @Qldaah #qldpol

Queensland’s new Employment Minister Grace Grace has denied claims by The Courier Mail that she has given up on youth unemployment across the state. In a Tweet published on Friday night, a defiant Ms Grace said, “I will never give up on jobs for Qld young unemployed.” Ms Grace also stated that she was, “completely quoted out of context”. Completely […]

Health Troubles: The high price of budget cuts @novidados comments

It’s no secret that the government wants to cut the health budget. The Commission of Audit report, published in early 2014 argued that current expenditure on health was not sustainable without reform and  recommended co-payments as high as $15 for general patients, and $7.50 for concession card holders. The rationale behind this, the report states, […]

Once upon a time in Qld – The digital archive of the 2015 election campaign: @Qldaah #qldpol

On January 6, 2015, Campbell Newman’s snap election call caught many off guard, including members of his own party. The Liberal National Party candidate to challenge Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk in her seat of Inala was overseas. The LNP candidate to face Labor’s Jackie Trad in the seat of South Brisbane had not even been named. In a normally festive time of year, […]

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

Federal Minister for Employment, Senator Michaelia Cash, has told the Sunrise program that the Turnbull Government has a trigger for a double dissolution election. A double dissolution would result in the full upper house being dissolved along with the lower house for an election. Cash told presenter, Andrew O’Keefe, that if the government could not get it’s Australian […]

Prices slashed – The Queensland Weekly Blogazine: @Qldaah #qldpol

Blogging the week in Queensland politics and news. Table of contents Jump to comments section. (November 18, 2015) – Anti-terrorism tactics for Queensland. (November 17, 2015) – LNP has been ‘denuded’. (November 16, 2015) – The Queen Street Wharf deal. (November 15, 2015) – Queensland’s oldest domestic violence women’s shelter. . (November 18, 2015) – […]

Taskforce Orion – The Queensland Weekly Blogazine: @Qldaah #qldpol

Blogging the week in Queensland politics and news. Table of contents Jump to comments section. (November 14, 2015) – Courier Mail claims power struggle. (November 13, 2015) – Nuclear waste dump proposed for Queensland. (November 12, 2015) – Barrett Inquiry being delayed. (November 11, 2015) – Seeking gender equality in whole of government Queensland. (November 10, […]

An outsider’s tax idea, by @margokingston1

  The Turnbull government is reportedly considering Treasury options for a GST rise. https://t.co/KRs2BhQalt pic.twitter.com/RMgM9cjpkA — The Australian (@australian) October 31, 2015 I write this as a progressive who, like so  many other Australians, fought hard on social media to rid us of of a man who, we believed, did not represent Australian values. I write […]

Situation red in the drought state – The Queensland Weekly Blogazine: @Qldaah #qldpol

Blogging the week in Queensland politics and news. Table of contents Jump to comments section. (November 7, 2015) – Queensland, Australia’s film production capital. (November 6, 2015) – Turnbull meets Qld resistance. (November 5, 2015) – North Queensland Economic summit. (November 4, 2015) – Newman card scrapped. (November 3, 2015) – Byrne Inquiry: Political blame. (November […]

Infrastructure and power – The Queensland Weekly Blogazine: @Qldaah #qldpol

Blog along with us as we cover the week in Queensland politics. Table of contents (October 31, 2015) – Newman’s book tour, dwindling crowd. (October 30, 2015) – Byrne Inquiry finds police resources diverted to bikies under Newman Government. (October 29, 2015) – Medicinal cannabis: Epileptic kids, MS sufferers first to be trialled. (October 28, […]