Archive of The Courier Mail’s front pages during election 2017 #qldvotes – @Qldaah

A blog recording the The Courier Mail and The Sunday Mail front pages and how they feature in the campaign. Check back for updates.

Queensland media freaks out over #qldvotes election speculation – @Qldaah #qldpol

Tensions high in #qldpol as Labor and LNP launch Twitter election missiles.

At her discretion: Queensland election speculation – @Qldaah #qldpol

A short blog for those who like to speculate on the Queensland election date.

Vote on policy? Western Australian Election Scorecards for #WAVotes #WApol compiled by @takvera

Western Australian voters go to the polls this Saturday on March 11. There is the smell of change in the air, and in the polls. Liberal Party Premier Colin Barnett has had two terms in government since 2008 and is seeking a third term. Even so, the Labor Opposition lead by Mark McGowan needs a statewide swing of about 10 per cent to form government. The polling indicates that such a swing is in the air. The ABC election analyst Antony Green has an excellent blog on Vote Formality Rules in Western Australia. He also gives a Summary of Candidates and Parties Contesting the 2017 WA Election. Green also highlights […]

Burnt bridges: A reflection on the demise of Sophie Mirabella by @adropex

    The result in the seat of Indi is final. Only in the last few weeks, as her 2016 campaign collapsed, has the topic of Sophie Mirabella not rekindled in me the upset and anxiety of the last decade. Rather the emotion was one of grudging compassion. With hindsight, the similarity in the unrelenting energy Sophie spent achieving pre-selection for a safe seat where she had no connection and the manner in which she ‘parachuted’ into the family circle of Colin Howard is evident. Her preparedness to do whatever it took to obtain and maintain power was extraordinarily brazen. It is fair to say that to engineer the progress […]

The Liberals have a #MissingClimatePolicy, but don’t want you to know reports @takvera #Ausvotes

The High Court has found there is an implied right of political speech in the Australian Constitution, but that doesn’t stop the Liberal Party putting pressure for an inconvenient election billboard to be taken down. Environment Victoria paid for a Billboard opposite and a bit down the road from the Liberal Party campaign headquarters in the marginal seat of Deakin in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. The billboard was up for about 72 hours on the busiest intersection in Deakin. Environment Victoria say the local branch of the Liberal Party made a complaint to the owner of the site, who then had the billboard taken down. Our billboard was taken down after […]

Newman Government changes electoral rules and loses an MP: @Qldaah analysis #qldpol

Queensland electoral act changes pass parliament prompting a LNP MP to resign.  In a late Thursday night sitting, the Newman Government used its number to push through changes to the Queensland electoral act. Among the changes, one most concerning to objectors is the scrapping of limits to political donations. Previously, caps were set at $5000 to political parties and $2000 for candidates per donor. Matching the federal rule, any donations under $12,400 no longer have to be declared. Previously, the amount in Queensland was $1,000. Records on these donors will now only be released annually rather than biannually. Premier Campbell Newman told the media that he was bringing Queensland into […]