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 If he’d been replaced by […]

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 an opponent and critic of the government’s Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Act 2013 (VLAD) which has been used to combat bikie gangs. Wellington raised the ire of the Newman Government when he spoke against the laws on the steps of the Maroochydore courthouse in relation to the so called ‘Yandina 5’. Five of his constituents […]

Fun and games in the Queensland Parliament – The Qld Weekly #qldpol: @Qldaah

Campbell Newman is Eliot Ness. Leaked briefing confirms existence of LNP robots. A tale of three crowns. Racism alive and well in the deep North. Flight Centre Newman Government guarantee. . Campbell Newman is Eliot Ness “Populist governments need an enemy,” wrote University of Queensland Professor of Law Graeme Orr in his 2013 piece describing the actions of the Newman Government in targeting motorcyclists with new “Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment (VLAD)” law. Orr condemned the legislation because it was used to target ordinary citizens who rode motorcycles and lumped them in with criminal bikie gangs, labeling it “a shocking case of government overreach”. Now those laws are set to be […]