Fun and games in the Queensland Parliament – The Qld Weekly #qldpol: @Qldaah

Campbell Newman is Eliot Ness. Leaked briefing confirms existence of LNP robots. A tale of three crowns. Racism alive and well in the deep North. Flight Centre Newman Government guarantee. . Campbell Newman is Eliot Ness “Populist governments need an enemy,” wrote University of Queensland Professor of Law Graeme Orr in his 2013 piece describing the actions of the Newman Government in targeting motorcyclists with new “Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment (VLAD)” law. Orr condemned the legislation because it was used to target ordinary citizens who rode motorcycles and lumped them in with criminal bikie gangs, labeling it “a shocking case of government overreach”. Now those laws are set to be […]

Head in the clouds – The Qld Weekly #qldpol: @Qldaah

ReachTEL – 52 percent to LNP. Dr Alex Douglas quits Palmer United Party. Head in the clouds: Newman evokes Joh’s crane index of populist Premiers past. The Broncos Mail backs Newman. Dame Quentin Bryce to lead domestic violence taskforce. Stop the rollout: How the Newman Government is killing solar. Tweet of the week – Election season: Journos in high-vis. . ReachTEL 52 percent to LNP “The ReachTEL Poll, conducted for The Sunday Mail, revealed the Newman Government’s primary vote had increased 2.3 per cent in recent weeks while Labor’s support remained unchanged. The slight upswing for the LNP comes in the wake of Premier Campbell Newman’s apology and decision to […]

Crimes that matter – The Qld Weekly #qldpol: @Qldaah

Crimes that matter. Unemployment at eleven year high. The great Queensland fluoride debate rages. Third suicide after Newman closure of Barrett Centre. New doctor in the house. New livery for Queensland police. Tweet of the week – The media lounge in parliament house gets ‘Newmaned’. . Crimes that matter. The crime statistics came a little early this year. Released a month ahead of the normal schedule, Premier Campbell Newman finally settled on an 11 percent drop after weeks of high flung figures of 10, 15 & 30 percent. Whilst the data gathering methodology by the Queensland Police Service has not changed, the presentation of selected data has. In our NoFibs report […]

Misleading Queensland, The Courier Mail’s shocking week – The Qld Weekly #qldpol: @Qldaah

Carmody crisis still alive. Dr Chris Davis admonished by The Courier Mail. Tony Fitzgerald QC under attack by cohort of Newman Government and News Corp. New Governor in town. Decentralising Queensland. Crime statistics get ‘Newmaned’. Tweet of the week: Can CanDo get out of the way? . Carmody crisis still alive Justice John Muir again criticised the appointment of Tim Carmody to the role of Queensland Chief Justice. It comes on the back of a June speech to the North Queensland Bar Association urging Carmody not to take up the position. Carmody had been propelled into the top job by the Newman Government after only eight months spent as Chief […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

Three foolish kings, the #qldpol weekly: @Qldaah

ReachTEL poll. Unemployment at 6.3 per cent. Palmer versus Seeney. Three foolish kings – Tim Carmody’s meteoric rise to chief justice. Qld Treasurer Tim Nicholls gets it wrong – where the solar households actually are. Open the schools – The comeback kids victory against the Newman Government. Newman’s DG Jon Grayson advised on CSG whilst having 25% stake in industry. Three crooked kings – Matthew Condon touches on Newman Government. Upsizing Maccas: Brisbane to be home to worlds largest Ronald McDonald House. Coming to a suburb near you for Queensland election 2015, the young LNP. Stafford by-election update – Jared John Andersen running as “Bob”. . ReachTEL poll A ReachTEL […]