April 9, 2022 – Table of contents
The Queensland paradox
Journalist for The Guardian Australia, Ben Smee, has a good piece on some of the factors in the complex political system of Queensland. He writes, “Queensland has always presented as an oddity to outsiders; for more than three decades, with only a few rare exceptions, the state has voted for the Coalition at federal elections, and for Labor to run its state government.”
ABC’s Matt Wordsworth has done some analysis on the late confirmation from Bundaberg Mayor Jack Dempsey that he will stand in the seat of Hinkler & what it could mean for his old party, the Queensland Liberal National Party.
Independents day updates – Groom
Fuel excise cut not making a wide difference
Scott Morrison’s fuel excise cut is not flowing as widely as he has been making out.
The impact on truck drivers from the fuel rebate interacting with the fuel excise cut were immediate.
Earlier this week the prime minister insisted everyone would always be 22 cents better off than they normally would.
Independents day updates – Wentworth
Several journalists challenged Sharma on the post prior to its removal.
Former ABC journalist Quentin Dempster who had been featured in the post, responded after the deletion.
Mr Sharma has been causing a stir on Twitter after running out a series of posts attacking independents such as Warringah MP Zali Steggall over her voting record.
Journalists have been pointing out Mr Sharma’s own record.
In another post, Mr Sharma used media reports to attack Climate & Capital Media managing director, Blair Palese.
Ms Palese denied the allegations and wrote a response in The Guardian.
Late on Saturday, Mr Sharma confirmed he had deleted the ABC attack post because he had reconsidered it. He would not comment further.
Anthony Albanese at home in Grayndler
Independents day updates – Indi
Wayne Jansson reporting from the birthplace of the modern independent movement, Indi.