Trashing Queensland: How the Newman Govt made the state into NSW’s dump – @Qldaah #qldpol

A policy decision in 2012 has led to a 210,000 tonne jump in the volume of interstate waste being tipped in Queensland.

Where the rubber hits the road – @Qldaah #qldpol

The fallout from Campbell Newman’s anti-hooning laws.

Making sense of the Queensland asset sales debate – @Qldaah #qldpol

The asset sales debate is on the boil yet again in Queensland.

Redclaw politics in the unicameral state – Analysis: @Qldaah #qldpol

How Queensland’s electoral voting system was reformed within the space of a month. Table of contents Jump to comments section. Redclaw politics. Post-Fitzgerald Inquiry era. The Representation Bill. Eighteen minutes in Hell. Blood, teeth and claws. . Redclaw politics Call it a Coup d’état, a reform, an upheaval or the trashing of the legacy of the Fitzgerald Inquiry, Queensland now has a new set of election rules. The Queensland Liberal National Party’s (LNP) dogmatic quest for more electorates has led to the unexpected reintroduction of compulsory preferential voting (CPV) by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s minority Labor Government. The changes mean an additional four electorates will be created taking the total number of […]

Red room and the quest for Queensland fixed four year terms: @Qldaah #qldpol

Opinion The referendum this Saturday on fixed four year terms for the Queensland state parliament will fail. I know this because voters have two main concerns. They fear a return of a “Campbell Newman”; not being able to oust a bad premier for four long years. Queenslanders have also expressed a long harboured desire to restore the upper house which was abolished in the constitution amendment act of 1921. At the time, it was stacked with English aristocracy. On the first point, had Newman governed for four years, his opinion rating would have been so low that current premier Annastacia Palaszcuk would have had no trouble forming a majority Labor government in 2016. If he’d been replaced by […]

Abbott handshake not enough to bring optical fibre to the bush: @Qldaah #qldpol #auspol

Out in Western Queensland a handshake is a done deal. In May 2015, the then Prime Minister Tony Abbott toured the shires of Barcoo and Diamantina in Western Queensland and inadvertently committed the Federal Government to a $16 million fibre optic project. It was sealed through a handshake with Diamantina Mayor Geoff Morton and Barcoo Mayor Julie Groves. Also present were local Federal Liberal National Party member for Maranoa Bruce Scott and LNP Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss. Now, in that part of Queensland a handshake is considered as good as a signature on a contract. Both mayors had been campaigning for an upgrade to the region’s ailing telecommunications network for ten years. According to Queensland Country […]

Once upon a time in Qld – The digital archive of the 2015 election campaign: @Qldaah #qldpol

On January 6, 2015, Campbell Newman’s snap election call caught many off guard, including members of his own party. The Liberal National Party candidate to challenge Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk in her seat of Inala was overseas. The LNP candidate to face Labor’s Jackie Trad in the seat of South Brisbane had not even been named. In a normally festive time of year, journalists scrambled into action and canceled personal plans. Did Newman’s call lead to one of the greatest defeats in Australian political history? Or, given the size of the swing to Labor, was it one of the greatest of political victories? I suspect, until the next vote and given the contemporary polarisation of Queensland’s electorate, the schooner residing […]

Abbott declares war on Qld education – The #QldWeekly Blogazine: @Qldaah #qldpol

Follow as we cover the week in Queensland politics and news. Table of contents Recommended read – Sarah Binney. Tony Abbott declares war on Qld education. (June 26, 2015) – Carmody returning to work. (June 25, 2015) – Gunning for Qld. (June 24, 2015) – Adani halts project. (June 23, 2015) – Premiers in retreats. (June 22, 2015) –  Means tested state schools. (June 21, 2015) – Courier Mail claims ministers can’t cope. . Recommended read – Sarah Binney Sarah Binney from Griffith University has written a great piece on Australia’s despondency with the media gallery, “Julia Gillard’s recent interview with Lenore Taylor has highlighted the disdain that many in the community — from […]

Northern Spirit – The #QldWeekly Blogazine: @Qldaah #qldpol

The week that was in Queensland politics. Table of contents (June 20, 2015) – Abbott’s cuts to Queensland. (June 19, 2015) – Media frenzy over Carmody. (June 18, 2015) – No investigation into Police Minister. (June 17, 2015) – Remembering Ravenshoe. (June 16, 2015) – Newman’s destruction halted. (June 15, 2015) – Making medicine in Queensland. (June 14, 2015) – Newman’s lavish plans axed. . (June 20, 2015) – Abbott’s cuts to Queensland Legal services suffer Amy Remeikis reported, “More than 80,000 people were turned away from Queensland’s community legal centres last year– more than half the national total. And with federal government cuts on the table, there are fears the number of […]

Breaking the law to save lives – The #QldWeekly Blogazine: @Qldaah #qldpol

Blogging the week in Queensland politics and news. Table of contents Breaking the law to save lives. (June 13, 2015) – To the Pentagon. (June 12, 2015) – Courier Mail attempts leadershit. (June 11, 2015) – Tuberculosis on the march. (June 10, 2015) – Legal action against Linc widens. (June 9, 2015) – Trap set for premier. (June 8, 2015) – Picketing now blackmail. (June 7, 2015) – Medicinal cannabis in use. . Breaking the law to save lives Cannabidiol (medicinal cannabis), the active ingredient in the oil extracted from the marijuana plant will always have a “druggy” stigma attached to it. It is only one of 85 such cannabinoids in the plant and […]