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 […]

Julie Bishop promotes jewellery for Liberal Party donor: @Qldaah #auspol #qldpol

The jeweller, the retailer and the foreign minister. How a blue opal necklace linked Julie Bishop to Liberal Party donors and sparked the war over the abolition of Sunday penalty rates. Foreign minister Julie Bishop has modelled an opal collier for one of the Liberal Party’s donors at the launch of the taxpayer funded program, “G’Day USA”. The […]

From #Watergate to #Ashbygate: A review of “Ashbygate” the book, by Joan Evatt @Boeufblogginon

A few weeks ago Ross Jones and Dave Donovan, of Independent Australia, sent me messages asking me to review Ross’s book on the Ashbygate saga. Despite being as crook as Rookwood I was more than happy to agree, and in due course a copy appeared in my letterbox. I was in the middle of reading […]

Impressions of #qldvotes by soon-to-be Qlder @Megh1997

Right now I am caught in a gap, an unfamiliar, vacuum-life period of time that began when I finished high school in the Northern Rivers of NSW and will end, hopefully, when I move interstate to Queensland and start university. I already know I am heading into a new life, one in which my financial […]

Jeff un-Seeney and the @CallideVotes question – #qldvotes #qldpol @Qldaah

A social media campaign to unite voters in the central Queensland seat of Callide, held by Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney, is calling for locals to vote for anyone but the Liberal National Party (LNP). The Facebook page ‘Jeff Seeney – Callide Votes’ and its matching Twitter account @CallideVotes have been attracting grassroots support across the […]

Money has swamped Qld politics, and that endangers democracy: @Graeme_Orr #qldvotes comment

Money makes the world go round.  That’s a truism in a market economy.   The promise of democracy – one vote, one person, one value – ought to balance that.   But what if money makes the political world go round? Nothing less than the fate of electoral democracy is at stake if we let money swamp […]

Open For Business: Avondale @MarkDoyle00 #qldvotes

In August and September 2014 I travelled through Central Queensland from Dalby to Roma and Chinchilla, up to Alpha and on through Moranbah to Collinsville and Bowen, then down to Gladstone and Avondale. In every town I talked to people whose lives had been upturned by rapid coal and gas expansion. Every town had a […]

Volatile Queensland question time – Newman defies Madam Speaker: @Qldaah, #qldpol

On Tuesday, Premier Campbell Newman used Queensland question time to make accusations of criminality at the independent MP for Nicklin, Peter Wellington. What started as a straightforward question on overseas visitors committing offences, turned into a furore as the firebrand politician reacted vehemently to Newman’s allegation of supporting criminal motorcycle gangs. Wellington has long been […]

A game of poles and wires – The Qld Weekly #qldpol: @Qldaah

Queensland tourism stalls. Ban the bins. A brief shining moment – By far, Campbell Newman’s best speech. From asset sales to asset leasing – A game of poles and wires. Overcrowding in youth detention centres. Tweet of the week – Hi-vis vending machines installed. . Queensland Tourism stalls Premier Campbell Newman’s budget cuts have been […]

Buildings in the sky – The Qld Weekly #qldpol: @Qldaah

ReachTEL: Ashgrove TPP 58pc to Labor. The election express. Asset sales wont pay for every new project. The Queensland scam. Newman’s Tower of Power. Tweet of the week: Newman has one fan. . ReachTEL: Ashgrove TPP 58pc to Labor A ReachTEL poll conducted for the Together Queensland union in Premier Campbell Newman’s electorate of Ashgrove […]