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 […]






Tears, Queensland Nickel and the ‘moral hazard’: Analysis – @Qldaah #qldpol #auspol






Parliamentary records show how in 2014 the Abbott Government attempted to erode the remuneration component of the Fair Entitlements Guarantee. Queensland Coalition MP Ewan Jones teared up on Friday as he spoke of the hardship facing workers in his electorate of Herbert after the collapse of Clive Palmer’s Queensland Nickel refinery near Townsville. “This is a tough day,” he blubbed before being consoled with reassuring pats from Senator Michaelia Cash. Cash spruiked her government’s commitment to the workers through the Fair Entitlements Guarantee (FEG) scheme. “I have exercised discretion under the Fair Entitlements Guarantee scheme so that former Queensland Nickel workers can access a contribution towards their unpaid entitlements,” she said. However, Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace […]






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 […]






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 Federal Government describes the program as,”the most important public diplomacy program promoting Australian capabilities in the US”. The bright blue necklace caught the eye of citizen journalists who began to investigate and share their findings over Twitter. It wasn’t long before a number of recent events including calls for the abolition of weekend penalty rates began […]






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 it very, very late one night when I happened to notice “ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN” being run on one of the Fox channels and started to watch it.  You know how you are in that semi-somnolent state when something is triggered, a penny drops, and suddenly you are alert and alive. What got me going? […]






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 security and future is at the mercy of the Federal Government’s university deregulation, as well as their changes to welfare and benefit eligibility for young people, but what kind of state atmosphere am I heading into? The Queensland State Election was announced on January 7th to proceed on January 31st, and despite the fact that […]






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 electorate, which Mr Seeney last won by a margin of 13.5 per cent. Reminiscent of Cathy McGowan’s social media-focussed 2013 #IndiVotes election campaign in the federal division of Indi in Victoria, Callide Votes has aimed for an online presence across a broad geographic area. Similarities between Indi and Callide do not stop at the social media […]






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 politics.   Swamps have formed again in Qld and NSW, as they do periodically elsewhere. Last week ‘50 prominent Australians’ published an open letter beseeching Queensland’s parties to agree to 4 governance and accountability principles.  It was motivated by concerns that Queensland’s Crime and Misconduct Commission, judicial independence and political finance laws have been weakened recently. […]






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 story: unannounced exploratory drilling followed by the familiar tale of school association sponsorship, branded kids football team jerseys or branded mobile dental services and the appearance of a local familiar face now employed as a CSG or Coal company “community liaison officer” spruiking future job opportunities and development. The sudden presence of noise and fumes […]