Watermelon smiles: @stephaniedale22 reports on Forde candidates’ forum

By Stephanie Dale 22 August 2013 Well, that’s embarrassing. I’m sitting in the canteen-like barn that is the Logan Rec Club, filling time while waiting for the candidates’ forum to start. Early diners queue to order, half a dozen silent TVs flash Keno, the cricket and the news. It’s a very clean and shiny room, the kind you could hose down without causing much damage – so long as you hosed low to avoid the TVs. I’m reading a Courier-Mail left on the table, scanning the election coverage. And there find a story about ‘Katter’s man in Forde’ (who is furious about his party’s decision to allocate preferences to Labor in […]

The billionaire’s nephew – @stephaniedale22 interviews Forde candidate Blair Brewster

By Stephanie Dale 22 August 2013 Blair Brewster is two men – he is the shiny ‘businessman you can trust’, staring out from his campaign posters in yellow tie and well cut suit; and he is the bloke in the black t-shirt who met me for coffee in Upper Coomera, up the road from his house on the fringe of the Forde electorate. Brewster is billionaire mining magnate Clive Palmer’s nephew, Palmer’s sister’s son. And he’s the Palmer United Party’s candidate in Forde, an electorate catapulted into the national spotlight when ‘parachute Pete’ (former Queensland Premier Peter Beattie) dropped into the campaign courtesy of ALP headquarters and skittled the political […]