Qld LNP makes strong choice in Tim Nicholls as new leader – Qldaah #qldpol

Tim Nicholls benefits from preferential voting to take leadership from Lawrence Springborg Liberal National Party Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg has been defeated in a challenge by MP for Clayfield, Tim Nicholls.  Mr Springborg mustered 17 votes in the first round over Mr Nicholls on 14 and a third challenger, Tim Mander, on 10. However, it was the second round of preferencing that delivered the leadership to Mr Nicholls,  with a final score of 22-19. Contradictorily, the LNP had complained bitterly in the weeks leading to up to the spill about the reintroduction of compulsory preferential voting (CPV) to the state’s electoral system. Queensland Government Deputy Premier, Jackie Trad, quipped that the LNP would […]

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 If he’d been replaced by […]

Qld Employment Minister Grace Grace hits back at Courier Mail accusations she’s given up: @Qldaah #qldpol

Queensland’s new Employment Minister Grace Grace has denied claims by The Courier Mail that she has given up on youth unemployment across the state. In a Tweet published on Friday night, a defiant Ms Grace said, “I will never give up on jobs for Qld young unemployed.” Ms Grace also stated that she was, “completely quoted out of context”. Completely quoted out of context today on youth unemployment. I will never give up on jobs for Qld young unemployed. — Grace Grace MP (@gracextwo) January 15, 2016 It comes as an article by journalist John McCarthy was published on the front page of Friday’s edition of the newspaper which labeled the employment minister as a, “Dis-Grace”. Mr […]

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 […]

Prices slashed – The Queensland Weekly Blogazine: @Qldaah #qldpol

Blogging the week in Queensland politics and news. Table of contents Jump to comments section. (November 18, 2015) – Anti-terrorism tactics for Queensland. (November 17, 2015) – LNP has been ‘denuded’. (November 16, 2015) – The Queen Street Wharf deal. (November 15, 2015) – Queensland’s oldest domestic violence women’s shelter. . (November 18, 2015) – Anti-terrorism tactics for Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart’s new training program Ian Stewart spoke to ABC 612 Brisbane about new training for police and counter-terrorism tactics: Queensland’s Police Commissioner talks terror tactics. When fire-ant dogs retire Thanks to Mikey and Justin for 8 years of loyal service in Qlds fight against fire ants. #qldpol @QldAgriculture pic.twitter.com/RHsLyhKNYl […]

Taskforce Orion – The Queensland Weekly Blogazine: @Qldaah #qldpol

Blogging the week in Queensland politics and news. Table of contents Jump to comments section. (November 14, 2015) – Courier Mail claims power struggle. (November 13, 2015) – Nuclear waste dump proposed for Queensland. (November 12, 2015) – Barrett Inquiry being delayed. (November 11, 2015) – Seeking gender equality in whole of government Queensland. (November 10, 2015) – New taskforce formed against child exploitation. (November 9, 2015) – New Carmichael coalmine challenge. (November 8, 2015) – Change to proposed lockout laws. . (November 14, 2015) – Courier Mail claims power struggle ‘KATTERstrophic’ claims Murdoch paper Steven Wardill and Jason Tin reported: “SECRET meetings to lock in the Katter’s Australian Party to Labor’s legislative agenda […]

Situation red in the drought state – The Queensland Weekly Blogazine: @Qldaah #qldpol

Blogging the week in Queensland politics and news. Table of contents Jump to comments section. (November 7, 2015) – Queensland, Australia’s film production capital. (November 6, 2015) – Turnbull meets Qld resistance. (November 5, 2015) – North Queensland Economic summit. (November 4, 2015) – Newman card scrapped. (November 3, 2015) – Byrne Inquiry: Political blame. (November 2, 2015) – The debate: GST increase to 15pc. (November 1, 2015) – Water in the Sunshine State. . (November 7, 2015) – Queensland, Australia’s film production capital Screen Australia report Tony Moore reported, “Queensland is firmly elbowing its way “centre stage” as Australia’s emerging screen capital, with Johnny Depp’s cheeky pirate smile sailing that treasure northwards. Queensland has […]

Infrastructure and power – The Queensland Weekly Blogazine: @Qldaah #qldpol

Blog along with us as we cover the week in Queensland politics. Table of contents (October 31, 2015) – Newman’s book tour, dwindling crowd. (October 30, 2015) – Byrne Inquiry finds police resources diverted to bikies under Newman Government. (October 29, 2015) – Medicinal cannabis: Epileptic kids, MS sufferers first to be trialled. (October 28, 2015) – Jeff Seeney referred to Ethics Committee. (October 27, 2015) – Breach of standing order 271, LNP referred to ethics. (October 26, 2015) – Draft infrastructure plan released. (October 25, 2015) – House of power. . (October 31, 2015) – Newman’s book tour, dwindling crowd Book sales through the floor Amy Price reported, “It was a […]

Bundaberg focus of the week – The Queensland Weekly Blogazine: @Qldaah #qldpol

The living blog. The week in Queensland politics and news. Check back for updates. Table of contents (October 24, 2015) – Annastacia’s tells. (October 23, 2015) – Newman Govt warned not to close Barrett Centre. (October 22, 2015) – Women at work. (October 21, 2015) – Steven Wardill turns gossip columnist. (October 20, 2015) – State of Queensland. (October 19, 2015) – Location Bundaberg. (October 18, 2015) – Loggerhead turtles arrive in Mon Repos before politicians. . (October 24, 2015) – Annastacia’s tells Journalist Amy Remeikis gives an eight month analysis Amy Remeikis commented, “Spend enough time in the company of anyone and you’ll learn their tells. A micro-grimace before speaking. A twiddling […]