Factcheck: Queensland crime statistics get ‘Newmaned’ – #qldpol: @Qldaah

On July 14, 2014, Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart took the unusual step of briefing the Newman Government cabinet on the fall of crime in Queensland, more than six weeks ahead of the annual announcement in September. It was also in the lead up to the Stafford by-election and just prior to Queensland budget estimates hearings. It gave the government an opportunity to talk up its crime success and avoid answering questions on other issues. Premier Campbell Newman also told @612Brisbane listeners that crime had fallen. “Crime in Queensland is down, depending on location, depending on category of offence, between 15 and 30 percent and this is not happening anywhere […]

Did The @CourierMail misrepresent Dr Chris Davis? #qldpol: @Qldaah

There’s always an exception to the rule. In Queensland, it’s former Liberal National Party (LNP) member Dr Chris Davis. Elected to the seat of Stafford in 2012, Davis took on the role of assistant health minister in the Newman Government. He was a critic, albeit quiet, of the former Beattie and Bligh Labor governments over their non-delivery of services, particularly in the area of health. In March of 2014 he rose to prominence when he broke ranks with his government to defend public hospital doctors when new contracts were enforced with very little consultation. Initially seeking to be a go-between, he spoke at multiple rallies at which no other LNP […]

Creeping political death, Newman’s faux apology – The Qld Weekly #qldpol: @Qldaah

ReachTEL poll for Ashgove – TPP 53 percent to Labor. Dr Chris Davis defect to Labor. Sorry week. Tony Fitzgerald QC on Newman’s ‘blitzkrieg’. Could the Newman Government really fall to a Palaslide? Newman cuts respite services to disabled children. Bligh Government’s Gold Coast trams go live. Tweet of the week – Good advice on use of the term ‘backflips’. . ReachTEL poll for Ashgove – TPP 53 percent to Labor A ReachTEL poll in Queensland Premier Campbell Newman’s seat of Ashgrove has shown he is still on track to lose the electorate. On the back of a devastating 18.6pc swing against the government in the by-election in adjacent seat […]

Labor’s mighty swing – The #qldpol weekly: @Qldaah

A mighty swing – Labor reclaims Stafford. Cracks in the pillar – Tourism figures down. Cracks in the pillar – Construction down in Central Qld. X-Rays incorrectly read. Queensland budget estimates fails to impress. Suicide after Barrett Adolescent Centre closure. . A mighty swing – Labor reclaims Stafford Labor picked up another seat on Saturday with a mighty swing of 18.6 percent in the Stafford by-election. It was the biggest swing at a Queensland by-election since the Electoral Act changes of 1992. Labor had traditionally held the seat from 2001 to 2012 when it lost to the Newman landslide. It comes on the back of a 17.2pc swing against the […]

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

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 reinstated. Unemployment at 6.3pc. Tweet of the week – journos in white coats. . Fitzgerald’s verdict on Newman Government upheld The “inexperienced, arrogant fools” and “megalomaniacs” are still in charge of Queensland. This week Tony Fitzgerald QC met privately with Queensland Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney to hear the Newman Government’s appeal against Fitzgerald’s verdict that […]

June unemployment rate remains at 6.3 percent, the #qldpol labour force monthly update: @Qldaah

Tracking Queensland’s long term unemployment rate. Queensland’s unemployment has risen from 5.5 percent when the Newman Government came to power to a high of 6.3pc. In 2012, Queensland recorded “the steepest rise in unemployment in the state since Australian Bureau of Statistics records began in 1978”. At latest report, 15,414 Queensland public servants have lost their jobs under the Newman Government at a rate of nine per day. Queensland’s highest youth unemployment region is Cairns with an unmatched 20pc. The Brotherhood of St Laurence recently conducted a nationwide study into youth unemployment and flagged it as being at crisis point. Below is the long term data reflected in graphical form. […]

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

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. Nation rolls out NDIS but not for Newman’s forgotten Queenslanders. Did Cairns LNP MP Gav King park in a disabled spot or a loading zone? Newman Government ignores Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee people’s 3rd anniversary of native title. The Festival of Clive. . Fitzgerald hands down verdict on Newman Government Tony Fitzgerald has given his strongest verdict […]

The insidious culture of ‘cash for’, the #qldpol weekly: @Qldaah

Cash for gravel. Cash for sand. Claims of interference in CMC investigation. Qld Auditor-General casts doubt on Newman Government claims it’s improving front line services. Newman Government saves Dutton Park train station from the Newman Government. Vale Bosun, Qld’s finest police dog. Tweet of the week – Premier gets advice. . Cash for gravel This week ABC reporters Mark Willacy and Mark Solomons revealed how Karreman Quarries had escaped prosecution over extraction of gravel from the upper Brisbane River. Farmers in the area had long been complaining about the destruction of river banks along the waterway since the company set up business in 1996. However, a complaint directly to Premier […]

Cracks show and tempers Freya, the #qldpol weekly: @Qldaah

LNP MP Freya Ostapovitch throws a wobbly. Unemployment in the regions. Labor to restore Skilling Queenslanders for Work program. ReachTEL poll shows loss of SEQ to the government. Queensland wild rivers laws struck down by Federal Court. Feature article: The Bleijie Betrayal Fact check – Crime stats. Qld’s milk deficit blows out to 20 percent. Man with pamphlet to fix power price hikes. Wanted – CMC Chair. Tweet of the week – The hoons. . LNP MP Freya Ostapovitch throws a wobbly Tempers Freya: During an electrical trades union protest against asset sales in the Queensland state electorate of Stretton, the local Liberal National Party (LNP) member Freya Ostapovitch, lost […]

The Bleijie Betrayal: analysis, @Qldaah #qldpol

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 statement read; “The appointment of the next Chief Justice was then made by the Governor-in-Council. “With that position established, it became incumbent on all of us who are involved in the legal process to support its current expression. “The stability of the legal system is integral to our democratic system and must be maintained.” As […]