A baptism of sea and sky – The Qld Weekly #qldpol: @Qldaah

David Marler

David Marler

Queensland reporter at No Fibs
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The Qld Weekly - No Fibs

A Baptism O fSea And Sky

(February 21, 2015) – Aftermath.
(February 20, 2015) – Tropical Cyclone Marcia lands,
(February 19, 2015) – Newman lashes out.
(February 18, 2015) – Health of the state.
(February 17, 2015) – Meeting with business and union leaders.
(February 16, 2015) – More experienced.

Summary

A busy first week for new Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. She saw the swearing in of her 14 member cabinet which included 8 women, the highest proportion in Queensland’s political history. She met with both business and union leaders in an effort to encourage the two groups to work together to reduce Queensland’s high trend unemployment rate of 6.5 percent. (For more statistical analysis of the jobless rate, see our No Fibs coverage, “January 2015 Qld trend unemployment falls to 6.5pc”.)

A quick tour of one of the hospitals was her last engagement before Tropical Cyclone Marcia took hold and she found herself suddenly transformed into former Premier Anna Bligh.

Liberal National Party Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg and team spent the first week in opposition complaining and warning against the reduced government ministry size from nineteen to fourteen. They argued that ministers would not be able to handle multiple portfolios such as Kate Jones, who has been sworn in as Minister for Education, Tourism, Major Events and Small Business and the Commonwealth Games. However, due to parliamentary rules, the LNP would only be paid for a 14 strong shadow cabinet to match. According to the “Legislative assembly of Queensland – Members’ remuneration handbook”, the salary for “Opposition Spokesperson” is an extra $57,578 on top of the standard MP pay of $148,848. If they kept their nineteen member team from the Newman Government, it would mean five members would miss out on the additional salary. As the cyclone raged on the Queensland coast, they eventually decided to supply fourteen paid shadow ministers and five volunteers, perhaps hopeful of a failure in the Palaszczuk administration that would see additional ministers needing to be sworn in.

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(February 21, 2015) – Aftermath

A crushing win at Stafford triggered Labor’s rise

Damage – Rockhampton

ABC News Qld: Rockhampton resident heartbroken over damage from TC Marcia.

ABC News Qld: Rockhampton resident heartbroken over damage from TC Marcia.

Damage – Yeppoon

7 News Brisbane: TC Marcia's destructive path - Premier Palaszczuk visits Yeppoon,

7 News Brisbane: TC Marcia’s destructive path – Premier Palaszczuk visits Yeppoon,

ABC News Qld: T C Marcia's damage revealed in Yeppoon.

ABC News Qld: T C Marcia’s damage revealed in Yeppoon.

Preparations – Gympie

Despite all the rain, drought continues

Getting the message out in sign language

QFES: Premier Palaszczuk's sign language interpreter Mark Cave talks about Auslan.

QFES: Premier Palaszczuk’s sign language interpreter Mark Cave talks about Auslan.

ADF deployment

ABC News 24: 700 Australian Defence personnel will be dispatched to aid in clean-up from TC Marcia.

ABC News 24: 700 Australian Defence personnel will be dispatched to aid in clean-up from TC Marcia.

Water, water, everywhere

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(February 20, 2015) – Tropical Cyclone Marcia lands

TC Marcia hits as a category five

9 News Brisbane and Ten News Qld: TC Marcia leaves trail of destruction across Qld.

9 News Brisbane and Ten News Qld: TC Marcia leaves trail of destruction across Qld.

ABC Newsl Qld: Relocating endangered baby loggerhead turtles from TC Marcia.

ABC Newsl Qld: Relocating endangered baby loggerhead turtles from TC Marcia.


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Comments


  1. Great work, David, Many thanks.