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Centenary of defeat for the strong-arm premiers.

Centenary of defeat for the strong-arms.
(February 28, 2015) – Proof for bail.
(February 27, 2015) – Independence Day.
(February 26, 2015) – Newman book snag.
(February 25, 2015)  – Return to civil unions.
(February 24, 2015)  – Verity did it again.
(February 23, 2015) – Cabinet day.
(February 22, 2015) – Water rising.

Highlights

Blog the week

A slight change to the format to this column to last year. We’ll be blogging the stories of the day, from Sunday through to Saturday. Check back for updates.

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Centenary of defeat for the strong-arms

Campbell Newman has followed in the footsteps of Liberal former Queensland Premier Digby Denham who lost his electorate of Oxley and government in 1915. Both were grain sellers before entering politics and in a quirk of fate, Newman’s seat of Ashgrove covers large sections of Denham’s now defunct seat of Oxley.

In a piece for The Conversation entitled, “History’s lesson for Queensland: a slim majority is enough to be bold”, Postdoctoral Fellow at The University of Queensland Chris Salisbury explores the history of Queensland’s marginal governments through the elections of 1915 and 1998 which gave rise to Labor Premiers TJ Ryan and Peter Beattie, respectively. The later also formed a minority government with independent member for Nicklin, Peter Wellington who has formed government from current Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

Denham had become premier of Queensland in 1911 through succession of leadership of the Ministerialist bloc (a pre-cursor to the Liberal Party). As with Newman, law and order was a primary election ticket for the Denham Government. He deployed strong-arm tactics in an attempt to break the 1912 Brisbane tram strike by using police and special constables in a forceful manner. As the strike widened into a general one, Denham feared revolution and called upon the Commonwealth to deploy troops. With the request rejected, he garnered approval from the Queensland Governor William MacGregor to deploy forces from a German warship anchored off the Queensland coast to maintain law and order. With this reassurance, he called an immediate election for 2012. He lost many Brisbane based seats but retained government with a rural base.

Like Newman, Denham picked fights with the unions, even establishing an Industrial Court that did not recognise them. However, his coalition in government began to break down with several government members forming a splinter group called the  Farmers’ Union (a precursor to the Country Party), not unlike the formation of Katter’s Australian Party in 2011 and Palmer United Party in 2013.

Denham also made electoral reform by making voting compulsory for the 1915 election. Newman introduced voting proof of identification ahead of the 2015 poll.

The Ryan Government of 1915 would set-up a progressive platform that would see Labor retain power in Queensland until 1929. Separated by one hundred years, Denham and Newman remain the only two Queensland premiers to lose both their seats and government at a Queensland general state election.

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(February 28, 2015) – Proof for bail

Quentin Bryce hands down report into domestic and family violence

  • The Honourable Quentin Bryce writes, “In the 1970s we started to face up to the hidden shame and tragedy of domestic abuse. The first shelter for battered wives and children, ‘Elsie’, was established in Sydney by feminist Dr Anne Summers AO. Today there are more than 300 women’s refuges around Australia and there have been many advances in the past 40 years in how we deal with domestic abuse, but the deeply disturbing fact is that this terrible scourge on our community is increasing in incidence and severity.”: Special taskforce on domestic and family violence in Queensland.
  • Daryl Passmore reports, “Specialist domestic violence courts and a new crime of strangulation should be introduced, says a landmark report into the issue. They are among 140 recommendations to tackle what Special Taskforce into Domestic and Family Violence chairwoman Dame Quentin Bryce labelled” this confronting and dreadful scourge in our society”.”: Call for specialist courts to deal with ‘scourge’ of domestic violence.
  • Kym Agius reports, “There are on average 180 domestic violence incidents in Queensland each day and a new report makes 140 recommendations to protect victims and hold abusers to account. The “Not now, Not ever” report was handed down by domestic violence taskforce chair former Governor-General Quentin Bryce, who was alarmed by the statistics.”: Domestic violence rising in Queensland according to new report.
9 News Brisbane: Inquiry into domestic violence by Quentin Bryce handed to Premier Palaszczuk.

9 News Brisbane: Inquiry into domestic violence by Quentin Bryce handed to Premier Palaszczuk.

ABC News Qld: 10/08/14 Former Premier Newman appointed Dame Quentin Bryce to lead the task force to curb domestic violence in Queensland.

ABC News Qld: 10/08/14 Former Premier Newman appointed Dame Quentin Bryce to lead the task force to curb domestic violence in Queensland.

Death threat against Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale

9 News Brisbane: Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale's death threat has come from a well known businessman.

9 News Brisbane: Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale’s death threat has come from a well known businessman.

Newman’s VLAD laws ‘sad indictment on the state’

  • Jorge Branco reports, “A Queensland magistrate has launched a fresh spray of criticism against the state’s controversial anti-bikie laws while setting an alleged key player in a north Brisbane drug ring free on bail. Magistrate Christopher Callaghan said the laws “obviously” needed to be amended while considering the bail application of 31-year-old Fitzgibbon man David Chung, charged with supplying and trafficking drugs in a syndicate on Brisbane’s northside. The 31-year-old father had no criminal history or links to any bikie gangs but was charged under the Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Act as an alleged member of a five-person drug syndicate.Mr Callaghan said he had seen no evidence to support allegations Mr Chung was a participant or member in a criminal gang but the laws forced him to reverse the onus of proof for bail.”The mere fact that the police make that allegation is enough to place him in the show cause position, which is a sad indictment on the state of that particular law,” he said.”: Magistrate hits out at VLAD laws.

TC Marcia

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(February 27, 2015) – Independence Day

Peter Wellington nominated for Speaker

  • Kristian Silva reports, “Griffith University political scientist Paul Williams said the placement of an independent member in the Speaker’s chair was a “great opportunity” for the parliament.”The parliament will be very evenly divided. You’ve got a non-partisan Speaker and this should be one of the best parliaments we’ve seen in decades,” Dr Williams said.”It’s a statement of confidence in Peter Wellington. It underscores most people’s belief in his integrity and reputation for impartiality. It’s a great boon for the parliament to have a genuinely independent speaker.””Observers have often said the Borbidge parliament was quite a good one, with some exceptions. But it was good in terms of real scrutiny and debate. The first six months of the Beattie government was also good when they didn’t have a majority back in ’98.”People don’t have to fear a hung parliament if it’s handled properly.””: Peter Wellington nominated as Speaker.
  • Sarah Elks reports, “Annastacia Palaszczuk has nominated kingmaker Independent Peter Wellington as Speaker ahead of the first sitting of the new Queensland parliament on March 24.”: Queensland kingmaker Peter Wellington made Speaker.
  • Leonie Mellor and Melinda Howells report, “Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is nominating independent MP Peter Wellington to be Speaker in the new Parliament, which will resume on March 24.”: Qld Premier nominates independent MP Peter Wellington for Speaker’s role.
9 News Brisbane: Peter Wellington is Qld Govt's nomination for Speaker but Lawrence Springborg says there are conditions which he wont reveal publicly.

9 News Brisbane: Peter Wellington is Qld Govt’s nomination for Speaker but Lawrence Springborg says there are conditions which he wont reveal publicly.

612 ABC Brisbane: Premier Palaszczuk nominates Independent Peter Wellington to be Speaker of the House.

612 ABC Brisbane: Premier Palaszczuk nominates Independent Peter Wellington to be Speaker of the House.

9 News Brisbane: Speaker Wellington would remove media censorship imposed by Former Speaker Fiona Simpson.

9 News Brisbane: Speaker Wellington would remove media censorship imposed by Former Speaker Fiona Simpson.

55th Queensland Parliament to open March 24, 2015

  • Fun fact: The 55th Queensland Parliament will open on March 24, 2015. It will be exactly three years since the 2012 election.

Former Police Minister Jack Dempsey’s cancer battle

7 News Brisbane: Queensland's former Police Minister Jack Dempsey has revealed he has been battling cancer in secret.

7 News Brisbane: Queensland’s former Police Minister Jack Dempsey has revealed he has been battling cancer in secret.

‘Mermaid’ Ray Stevens chicken dance

9 News Brisbane: 'Mermaid' Ray Stevens says the chicken dance was 'a rather unfortunate piece of media history'.

9 News Brisbane: ‘Mermaid’ Ray Stevens says the chicken dance was ‘a rather unfortunate piece of media history’.

Cairns Hospital patient concerns

Websites of Premiers past

Verity Barton off the hook

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(February 26, 2015) – Newman book snag

The Palaszczuk administration

  • Madonna King writes, “When Annastacia Palaszczuk and her team were being sworn in at Government House, beaming big smiles for selfies, something slightly odd was occurring in one of the state government departments. someone was walking the floors removing every piece of evidence that a previous administration existed. The posters removed were not political; they did not encourage support of the former government or attack the policies of the new bosses, the Labor Government. But anything that related to the Newman Government was taken down; in some instances signs that promoted leadership values that were developed by staff. The ultimate pettiness, though, was when stickers were plastered over small tag lines on internal congratulation certificates. There is no suggestion any of that was ordered by the new Palaszczuk administration. The likely culprit was someone, higher up the public service chain, doing what they thought was right.”: The sting of public service appointments.

TC Marcia – Yeppoon

  • Jamie McKinnell reports, “Prime Minister Tony Abbott has visited the central Queensland town of Yeppoon almost one week after it was left battered and bruised by Tropical Cyclone Marcia. Mr Abbott arrived in the regional town late on Thursday afternoon where he met with disaster officials and volunteers for a barbecue at the Livingtsone Council Depot.”: Tony Abbott visits cyclone recovery staff.

TC Marcia – Jambin

TC Marcia – Monto

TC Marcia relief funding

A constructive LNP

Peter Wellington for Speaker?

Brisbane City Council push to lift height restrictions

7 News Brisbane: Brisbane City Council has applied to the Federal Government to remove the 274 metre height restriction.

7 News Brisbane: Brisbane City Council has applied to the Federal Government to remove the 274 metre height restriction.

274m aviation restrictions

Brisbane Olympic bid for 2028

7 News Brisbane: Brisbane bid for the 2028 Olympic Games could cost up to $30 million.

7 News Brisbane: Brisbane bid for the 2028 Olympic Games could cost up to $30 million.

Tree of knowledge check-up

Can’t do ‘CanDo’ book says UQ Press

Newman government favoured male judicial appointments

Ridiculous time lag on police investigation into Levy

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(February 25, 2015) – Return of civil unions

Karreman Quarries investigation

Palaszczuk’s agenda

Post-Traumatic stress disorder recognised ahead of ANZAC day

7 News Brisbane: Queensland war widows and women in the military have joined forces to tackle a debilitating disorder ahead of the Anzac Centenary.

7 News Brisbane: Queensland war widows and women in the military have joined forces to tackle a debilitating disorder ahead of the Anzac Centenary.

Civil unions to be reintroduced

TC Marcia – Callide dam spill

Questions over Adani

Gold Coast’s cocaine crisis

7 News Brisbane: Gold Coast crippled by cocaine crisis - In the wake of the cocaine scandal rocking the Gold Coast Titans, police have given a rare insight into their ongoing battle to halt the supply and use of the drug.

7 News Brisbane: Gold Coast crippled by cocaine crisis – In the wake of the cocaine scandal rocking the Gold Coast Titans, police have given a rare insight into their ongoing battle to halt the supply and use of the drug.

Newman’s biographer Gavin King

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(February 24, 2015) – Verity did it again

TC Marcia – Byfield

7 News Brisbane: Residents who lost their homes during Cyclone Marcia have been reduced to tears while telling the premier about their struggle to get to safety.

7 News Brisbane: Residents who lost their homes during Cyclone Marcia have been reduced to tears while telling the premier about their struggle to get to safety.

9 News Brisbane: ADF & Premier Palaszczuk arrive in Byfield to survey damage from TC Marcia.

9 News Brisbane: ADF & Premier Palaszczuk arrive in Byfield to survey damage from TC Marcia.

TC Marcia – Ross River Fever

7 News Brisbane: Emergency spraying for mosquitoes - An outbreak of Ross River Fever in the state’s South East could get worse with last week’s rain and tides creating perfect breeding conditions.

7 News Brisbane: Emergency spraying for mosquitoes – An outbreak of Ross River Fever in the state’s South East could get worse with last week’s rain and tides creating perfect breeding conditions.

Ferny Grove – ECQ seeks police advice

Cyclone Marcia damage bill

Queensland Rural Women’s Award

  • Pamela Frost reports, “A farmer awarded for her vision to improve rural industries in Queensland said the hepatitis A frozen berries health scare showed the need for a single labelling system on Australian-produced food”: Rural award winner wants single labelling system on food.
  • Rural Women’s Award writes, “The RIRDC Rural Women’s Award is Australia’s pre-eminent Award for rural women. The Award identifies and supports emerging women leaders who have the desire,, commitment and leadership potential to make a greater contribution to primary industries and rural communities”: Rural Women’s Award.

Biloela

TC Marcia – Yeppoon

ABC News Qld: TC Marcia leaves a trail of ruined crops.

ABC News Qld: TC Marcia leaves a trail of ruined crops.

9 News Brisbane: Yeppoon man sacked by voice mail 2 days after TC Marcia.

9 News Brisbane: Yeppoon man sacked by voice mail 2 days after TC Marcia.

Police stories

7 News Brisbane: 746,572 speeding fines issued as more police are armed with portable speed cameras across Queensland.

7 News Brisbane: 746,572 speeding fines issued as more police are armed with portable speed cameras across Queensland.

Newman to set record straight

Verity Barton third time license suspended

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(February 23, 2015) – Cabinet day

Palaszczuk cabinet meeting

  • Chris Salisbury writes, “As Queensland’s new Labor minority government sits down to determine its immediate priorities, it faces a difficult choice: hasten slowly, or seize the day? Annastacia Palaszczuk’s government would do well to take into account some lessons and precedents from Queensland’s electoral history – most notably the 1998 and 1915 state elections”: History’s lesson for Queensland: a slim majority is enough to be bold.

Springborg shadow cabinet meeting

Great Keppel Island

Biloela

  • Campbell Gellie and Emma Clarke report, “Tropical Cyclone Marcia may have been gentle on Gladstone, but 120km west, residents are furious their homes were flooded”: Residents blame SunWater for flooded homes.
  • Kate Webber and Emma Clarke report, “Grocery stores in Biloela received fresh shipments of stock yesterday and Woolworths is expected to be running at 100% by this afternoon”: Banana Shire mops up after Cyclone Marcia.

Commonwealth Games

Rockhampton

Maryborough

Gympie

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(February 22, 2015) – Water rising

Yeppoon, Rockhampton and Gympie

Ten News Qld: ADF and SES begin clean up in Yeppoon as queuing for fuel grows longer.

Ten News Qld: ADF and SES begin clean up in Yeppoon as queuing for fuel grows longer.

ABC News Qld: After your 5th evacuation from Gympie why stay?

ABC News Qld: After your 5th evacuation from Gympie why stay?

9 News Brisbane: Mary River floods the town of Gympie.

9 News Brisbane: Mary River floods the town of Gympie.

 

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