Part 4 of the Queensland election blog for 2017 – #qldvotes #qldpol @Qldaah

Ongoing coverage of the Queensland election campaign for 2017. Check back for updates.

Archive of The Courier Mail’s front pages during election 2017 #qldvotes – @Qldaah

A blog recording the The Courier Mail and The Sunday Mail front pages and how they feature in the campaign. Check back for updates.

Queensland media freaks out over #qldvotes election speculation – @Qldaah #qldpol

Tensions high in #qldpol as Labor and LNP launch Twitter election missiles.

Trashing Queensland: How the Newman Govt made the state into NSW’s dump – @Qldaah #qldpol

A policy decision in 2012 has led to a 210,000 tonne jump in the volume of interstate waste being tipped in Queensland.

PHONy deals: The Qld LNP’s path to appeasement of One Nation – @Qldaah #qldpol #auspol

While Queensland Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls dithers on the question of preferencing One Nation, others appear to be making the decision for him.

Making sense of the Queensland asset sales debate – @Qldaah #qldpol

The asset sales debate is on the boil yet again in Queensland.

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 […]

January 2015 Qld trend unemployment falls to 6.5pc, #qldpol: @Qldaah

Tracking Queensland’s long term unemployment rate. Campbell Newman has left the office of Queensland Premier with the trend unemployment rate up 1 percentage point over his term. Unemployment was 5.5 percent in March of 2012 but with the most recent jobless figures show it is currently at 6.5 percent for January of 2015. 162,800 Queenslanders are currently unemployed as opposed to 137,700 in March 2012. Queensland Treasury and Trade notes for January, “Trend employment in Queensland rose by 1,600 persons (0.1%) in January 2015 (see Chart 1). This result was driven by a 4,400 person increase in full-time employment, with a fourth consecutive monthly rise in female full-time workers. Consistent with this shift towards […]

Jobs, jobs, jobs – December Qld trend unemployment remains at 6.6pc, #qldpol #qldvotes: @Qldaah

Tracking Queensland’s long term unemployment rate. Queensland Treasury and Trade notes for December, “Trend employment in Queensland fell for the seventh consecutive month, down 600 persons (0.0%) in December 2014. This result was driven by a 4,400 person decline in part-time employment, while full-time employment rose 3,800 in December”: Labour Force, December 2014. The trend participation rate, the number of people engaged in the workforce, fell again to 65.2pc. Treasury notes, “The trend participation rate continued to edge lower, down 0.1 percentage point in December 2014, to 65.2%. Queensland’s trend participation rate has fallen 1.1 percentage points over the past seven months, to its lowest rate since late 2004. Below is the long term […]

Gut busters – November Qld trend unemployment rises to 6.9pc, #qldpol: @Qldaah

Tracking Queensland’s long term unemployment rate. Premier Campbell Newman has vowed his government will ‘bust our gut’ to create more jobs in Queensland. The November monthly trend jobless rate rose from 6.8 percent to 6.9 percent while seasonally adjusted figure fell from a record 7.1pc to 6.9pc. The nation’s unemployment rate rose from 6.2pc to 6.3pc in both trend and seasonally adjusted terms. It comes as Tim Nicholls attempted to explain the abysmal performance from last month as an incentive to ‘stimulate the government to try harder’. In 2012, the LNP pledged to deliver 4pc unemployment within six years of taking office but in a speech in February of 2014 […]