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 […]

Senate Bingo! The @sarah_capper column

A whole new class of players joined the Upper House this month, and with a record number of cross-benchers – 18, including the Greens – there will be deals-a-plenty and the “spin cycle” on overdrive. Cards will be kept close to chests; cards will be put out on the table; and, as the last week has shown, cards will just as quickly be taken away. While PUP leader Clive Palmer appeals to pensioners by saying he will block the Government’s $7 GP co-payment, so that “those ladies” can “have their chocolate and go to the cinema”, let’s crunch the critical numbers with a round of ‘Senate Bingo’. [Insert archaic rolling wheel of bingo […]

Who’s been naughty or nice? Silly season starts in Griffith @GriffithElects reports

By Jan Bowman  @GriffithElects 27 November 2013 When he announced his retirement at the end of the first sitting week of Parliament, Kevin Rudd surprised not only his own colleagues, he also shocked his old foe Dr Bill Glasson. Glasson had only recently returned to work, and after some hesitation (he admits to exhaustion following the September election), he’s decided to step forward again for the LNP. Dr Glasson is well known and well liked in the electorate and a speedily organised by-election would have suited him. However, by waiting until November 23 to formally submit his resignation, Mr Rudd bought some time for the Labor party and avoided a […]

Roo Poo and Who’s Who in the Senate Zoo

[clear] By Sarah Capper 18 October 2013 It was perhaps the moment in which I found myself googling “Ricky Muir” + “poo” that served as the final straw in realising the need for Senate reform. Not that I needed much convincing – the new Senator-elect from Victoria from the Palmer United Palmer Motoring Enthusiasts Party is just one of several fresh faces in the who’s new in the Upper House zoo. Anyone who managed to successfully complete their below-the-line Senate ticket form in last month’s federal election deserves a round of applause [pats back]. Voting below the line is always preferable (pun intended) no matter how painstaking, as even the most “ethical” (ahem, […]

PUP face in Hindmarsh: @JackieDettman reports

by Jacqueline Dettman  August 30, 2013 Interview with George Melissourgos, Palmer United Party candidate for Hindmarsh.  I recently interviewed George Melissourgos in the same fashion as previous interviews. The interview was conducted on Thursday August 22 and lasted about one hour.  Would you like to introduce yourself to voters? I’m a thirty three year old man who, until recently, was working in State Government as a Business Analyst / Project Manager. I recently became engaged to the love of my life at the Stamford Grand in Glenelg and I’m looking forward to building a family in the area. Growing up, my parents ran a number of small businesses across the […]