Money has swamped Qld politics, and that endangers democracy: @Graeme_Orr #qldvotes comment

Money makes the world go round.  That’s a truism in a market economy.   The promise of democracy – one vote, one person, one value – ought to balance that.   But what if money makes the political world go round? Nothing less than the fate of electoral democracy is at stake if we let money swamp politics.   Swamps have formed again in Qld and NSW, as they do periodically elsewhere. Last week ‘50 prominent Australians’ published an open letter beseeching Queensland’s parties to agree to 4 governance and accountability principles.  It was motivated by concerns that Queensland’s Crime and Misconduct Commission, judicial independence and political finance laws have been weakened recently. […]

Railway to nowhere – The Qld Weekly #qldpol: @Qldaah

Galaxy poll: TPP 50-50, Labor leads on primary vote. Wayne Goss farewelled at public memorial. Railway to nowhere – Adani taxpayer funded infrastructure. No inquiry into cash for sand. UMC vows new VLAD law challenge. . Galaxy poll: TPP 50-50, Labor leads on primary vote On Friday, The Courier Mail ran with a confident Premier Campbell Newman striding toward the camera and the headline, “Nod For New Man”. The latest Galaxy poll it commissioned showed his preferred premier percentile had risen 5 points to 47 percent. In contrast, Opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk fell 4 points to 37 percent. However, it’s the party polling that appears to be dragging the Liberal […]

Make a difference – The Qld Weekly #qldpol: @Qldaah

G20: Over and out. The passing of Goss the Boss. Newman’s anti-graffiti laws net artist. High Court challenge to VLAD laws fails. Cash for rezoning: Seeney and Dickson’s caravan adventure. Age of entitlement still raging. . G20: Over and out Visions of Premier Campbell Newman steaming out of the Port of Brisbane to confront the Russian fleet were almost realised during the G20 summit. A fleet of four Russian warships were detected on Wednesday 12th, 2014, and had moved into international waters off Brisbane on Saturday to co-inside with the arrival of Russian President Vladimir Putin. ABC reporter, Michael Rowland asked Newman what he made of the arrival. “Sadly we […]