The Qld Conservative split, the #qldpol weekly wrap: @Qldaah

Tony Fitzgerald QC’s verdict: The Newman Government are “arrogant fools” Newman attacks Palmer: The Qld Conservative split Trouble ahead in the prison system Environment Minister calls for ban on Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Police Minister announces six cars crushed . Tony Fitzgerald’s verdict: The Newman Government are ‘arrogant fools’ The Liberal National Party (LNP) stacked parliamentary committee investigating the proposed changes to the Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) gave the green light to Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie’s revamp this week. Among the changes, the reporting structure will be brought under the control of the Queensland Government, the Parliamentary Crime and Misconduct Committee (PCMC) will have the power to veto CMC […]

#SPC Ardmona isn’t just a factory – @AmyFeldtmann memories

[clear] By  Amy Feldtmann  @AmyFeldtmann 2nd February 2014 Originally published at amyfeldtmann.com I am a graduate of Dookie Primary School No. 1527, where there was a grand total of five students in my grade. All up, our school roll-call peaked at about 60 in my later years. The primary school was on a block so large that a city property developer would probably stack no less than 200 apartments on it. Other than Pine Lodge Primary School, a few kilometers down the road, which actually had real bush as part of its playground, we must have had the highest square-metre-of-playground-per-child ratio in the state. Our little town, population 260, was (is) surrounded […]

Bob Katter’s bigger ambitions draw criticism in his electorate of Kennedy in Queensland

By Emma Kennedy August 18, 2013 Bob Katter hasn’t been home much in the past few weeks as he campaigns around the country in support  of his more than 60 candidates and doing preference deals with the major parties. His absence is drawing criticism from Kennedy locals but he has kept himself consistently in the media spotlight. Since he created Katter’s Australian Party (KAP),  Mr Katter’s goal is to become the “third force” in the country’s politics and provide another legitimate option for the people of Australia. The past week has seen many chops and changes, with KAP making preference deals with Clive Palmer, the ALP and the LNP in […]

Kennedy is Katter country: @Em_Ken_ reports

View Larger Map Kennedy Seat Profile By Emma Kennedy  1 August 2013 Having held 46.7 per cent of votes at the 2010 election, the Kennedy electorate is Katter’s land. And it has been thought of as a safe seat for 20 years now. The Kennedy electorate covers such a huge area of Queensland – from Boulia in the South West to the Gulf of Carpentaria in the North and out to Innisfail on the East Coast – that it’s a surprise one man has been able to hold the reins for such a long time. The man in the hat is not shy of the camera and is possibly the most […]

#QldPol and the birth of Newmanism

By David Marler  @Qldaah No Fibs Queensland Reporter 31 July 2013 Out of all the Australian states and territories, it is Queensland’s Newman Government that is the most indicative of what an Abbott led Australia might look like. Welcome to hashtag #Qldpol. May 17, 2012: New Premier of Queensland Campbell Newman rises and delivers his maiden speech to parliament.Newman is the first Queensland Premier to be elected from outside of the parliament. Astonishingly, he evokes former Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen.”His government built this state into an economic powerhouse that led the way for our country for so long,” he tells parliament. Given this statement and the Fitzgerald Inquiry borne of the […]