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Along with the implementation of public health doctors contracts and changes to the Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC), it was the third clash he’d had over issues with Premier Campbell Newman. The previous week he’d been sacked as Assistant Health Minister.

Davis was the second MP to resign from Parliament and the fifth MP to leave the LNP under Newman’s leadership.

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(July 20, 2014) Labor wins Stafford with 18.6 percent swing

  • Stafford won by Labor with a swing of 18.6pc on a two candidate preferred basis. Dr Anthony Lynham secured 13,841 votes, 61.5pc of the vote. Bob Andersen gathered 8,651 votes or 38.5pc of the vote. Results for Stafford.
Stafford by-election with results mapped to individual booths. Current LNP members of neighbouring seats labeled.

Stafford by-election with results mapped to individual booths. Current LNP members of neighbouring seats labeled.

(July 19, 2014) By-election day

(July 18, 2014) Last day on the campaign trail

(July 17, 2014) ABC 612 Brisbane goes to Stafford

7 News Brisbane: Candidates for the state seat of Stafford have faced off ahead of Saturday's by-election.

7 News Brisbane: Candidates for the state seat of Stafford have faced off ahead of Saturday’s by-election.

(July 14, 2014) Who let the underdogs out?

ABC News Qld: Campbell Newman urges voters not to lodge a protest vote at the Stafford by-election.

ABC News Qld: Campbell Newman urges voters not to lodge a protest vote at the Stafford by-election.

  • LNP candidate Bob Andersen has not turned up to an asset sales debate in Stafford.

(July 12, 2014) Serious breach of Qld Health payroll data

  • Premier Campbell Newman is confident that a breach in the Queensland Health payroll system which led to Labor’s Dr Anthony Lynham’s details being made public did not originate from his government. However, Queensland Health Minister Lawrence Springborg took the opportunity to point the finger at Labor’s shadow Health Minister, Jo-Ann Miller for the leak. No investigation has been announced to date on how the information was accessed.
ABC News Qld: No investigation but Qld Health Minister Lawrence Springborg accuses Labor's Jo-Ann Miller of leaking Dr Anthony Lynham's payroll details.

ABC News Qld: No investigation but Qld Health Minister Lawrence Springborg accuses Labor’s Jo-Ann Miller of leaking Dr Anthony Lynham’s payroll details.

  • The Courier Mail has published Queensland Health payroll details on Dr Anthony Lynham. Senior Media Advisor to the Queensland Premier, Ian Eckersley distributed a photo of the double page spread by conservative Courier Mail columnist, Des Houghton via Twitter early on Saturday.

(July 11, 2014) Labor candidate Dr Anthony Lynham’s payroll details leaked

  • In a shocking breach of security, the Queensland Health payroll details of Dr Anthony Lynham have been leaked to the media revealing he was overpaid by several thousand dollars. Lynham will pay back the money but it raises questions around how the information was accessed. Premier Campbell Newman has assured the public the leak did not come from his side of politics. To date, no investigation has been announced. “Leak against Labor by-election candidate not the work of the LNP: Newman”.

(July 7, 2014) ‘I’m the guy,’ declares Newman

“I am the guy who got us through the Brisbane floods, the Gap storms in 2008, made sure that the people of Bundaberg were looked after and, particularly, got those people off those roof tops.”

Responding to questions about arrogance, Newman declared he would not be changing his leadership style.

The comments sparked the creation of a new Twitter hashtag, #SuperNewman.

ABC News Qld: "I'm the guy who got us through the Brisbane floods, The Gap storms in 2008. Made sure that the people of Bundaberg were looked after and particularly got those people off rooftops."

ABC News Qld: “I’m the guy who got us through the Brisbane floods, The Gap storms in 2008. Made sure that the people of Bundaberg were looked after and particularly got those people off rooftops.”

(July 5, 2014) Third community forum Stafford State School

(July 5, 2014) Placard wars

  • Today saw the placard wars heat up between opposing forces in Stafford. So what are the rules on the placement of political signs. Well according to the Brisbane City Council, laws are very specific, “Election signs on public property”.

Signs on the footway are often used by candidates and political parties before polling day.

You do not need approval from Brisbane City Council to display a pre-polling day election street stall sign on the footway, as long as you comply with the following requirements.

A pre-polling day election street stall sign on the footway must not be closer than 100 metres to another such stall operated by the same political party or candidate on the same side of a road.

For each pre-polling day election street stall:

  • a sign may not exceed 0.6 square metres in area
  • a sign may be integrated with the stall or be in the form of a footway sign (a portable, freestanding advertisement, normally supported by an A or inverted T frame and typically displayed on a footway)
  • double-sided signs are counted as two signs
  • no more than four signs may be exhibited, whether stand-alone (such as a footway sign) or integrated with the stall or any combination of these options. For example, two double-sided footway signs or four single-sided footway signs would constitute the maximum signage permitted
  • any footway sign must be no more than 6 metres from the stall
  • a sign must not obstruct pedestrian and other traffic
  • a sign must not constitute a safety hazard
  • signs may be exhibited only while the stall is continually occupied by the person taking responsibility for the stall
  • no continuous signage devices may be exhibited:
  1. on a footway; or
  2. attached to any fence or wall; or
  3. inside a property boundary if visible from the footway
  • no more than two chairs may be placed at the stall

(July 4, 2014) The swing against the Newman Government

  • Antony Green speaks to @612Brisbane about the swing against the government in the Stafford by-election. Although not an exact indicator of what will happen at the Queensland general election in 2015, the general rule of thumb is to halve the swing in the final result and apply it statewide. Historically, many voters register protest votes against sitting governments in by-elections. Also, a reminder to bring proof of identity on polling day. You wont be denied a vote but you will need to move to another queue to fill out a declaration with your ballot paper. Listen back, “Analyst predicts a huge swing against the LNP in Stafford”.

(July 3, 2014) Final day to register candidates, ballot places drawn

(July 2, 2014) First “meet the candidates” completed

(July 1, 2014) Greens up and running

(June 30, 2014) Three-way race; LNP, ALP and Greens

  • Anne Boccabella will represent The Greens for the Stafford by-election. Her facebook page is here.

(June 28, 2014) Saturday campaigning – three weeks to go

  • Could the former member for Stafford, Dr Chris Davis switch sides and join the Labor party? He won’t confirm or deny the rumour until after the by-election.

However, Premier Campbell Newman was commenting.

“This is a reflection on Dr Davis who didn’t stay the course. He could have been part of a government on an ongoing basis. I say that the people of Stafford have been put through a lot of inconvenience and expense because he wouldn’t stay the course,” he told ABC News Qld.

Fmr LNP MP Dr Chris Davis may join Labor to fight Campbell Newman.

Fmr LNP MP Dr Chris Davis may join Labor to fight Campbell Newman.

(June 26, 2014) Newman gets it wrong on air – Dr Anthony Lynham confirms he lives in Stafford

4BC Newstalk: After attacking Labor's candidate Dr Anthony Lynham for not living in the electorate, Premier Campbell Newman is informed that he actually does.

4BC Newstalk: After attacking Labor’s candidate Dr Anthony Lynham for not living in the electorate, Premier Campbell Newman is informed that he actually does.

Opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk announces Qld Governor has issued a writ for the Stafford by-election to be held on the 19th of July.

Opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk announces Qld Governor has issued a writ for the Stafford by-election to be held on the 19th of July.

Dr Anthony Lynham

(June 25, 2014) Brisbane City Council lending a hand to LNP

Not 4 Sale group claims Brisbane Council officers have spoken to their party members about campaign sign placement that breaches its election regulations, but the same has not been applied to LNP campaigners.

Not 4 Sale group claims Brisbane Council officers have spoken to their party members about campaign sign placement that breaches its election regulations, but the same has not been applied to LNP campaigners.

(June 23, 2014) Angry Premier

  • Premier Campbell Newman takes aim at ‘vacuous’ opposition leader and union ‘grubs’: Newman has lashed out at the Opposition leader, Annastacia Palaszczuk labelling her “hollow”, “vacuous” and of having “no policies”. He also called Labor candidate, Dr Anthony Lynham a liar over the “complete nonsense, lies, nonsense, misleading information”. He also labeled the Electrical Trades Union as “grubs” for their repeated anti-asset sales protests.

(June 21, 2014) Stafford under siege by the red wigs and the red shirts

  • With Premier Campbell Newman refusing to speak to the media, it was left to Opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk to announce that a writ had been issued by the Queensland Governor for the Stafford by-election for July 19, 2014. Read more on this unusual turn of events from Brisbane Times reporter, Amy Remeikis; “Palaszczuk seeks first word in Stafford by-election fight”.
Opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk announces Qld Governor has issued a writ for the Stafford by-election to be held on the 19th of July.

Opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk announces Qld Governor has issued a writ for the Stafford by-election to be held on the 19th of July.

(June 18, 2014) Unions unshackled and ready for fight

(June 14, 2014) Jared “Bob” Andersen signage on display

(June 11, 2014) “Bob” Andersen confirms he is Jared John Andersen

Jared John Andersen has told radio @NewsTalk4BC,“I go by Bob as a preferred name.”

The LNP candidate has told broadcaster, Ben Davis, that he will continue to run in the by-election as Bob Andersen.

“[Jared] is the name my parents gave me, I went by it until I was 18, but at uni my mate’s nicknamed me Bob and it really stuck like glue.”

Davis put it to Andersen that the nickname may cause confusion in the electorate.

“When it came to run for parliament, I just didn’t see how it would be viable to run as anything other than Bob, that is what everyone knows me as.”

“Obviously when you do something like a licence or something formal like that, you need to do it with your real name, but when I did that with the board, I also sent them an email that I go by Bob as a preferred name, so that they would know the situation.”

Andersen also denies he is behind pro-LNP anonymous Twitter accounts.

“I do not, and never have, operated a fake Twitter account.”

(June 7, 2014) Call me “Bob” – LNP running a trading name as candidate

(June 6, 2014) Bob Andersen selected by LNP to run in Stafford by-election

ABC News Qld: LNP chooses Jared "Bob" Andersen as candidate for Stafford by-election.

ABC News Qld: LNP chooses Jared “Bob” Andersen as candidate for Stafford by-election.

(June 5, 2014) Stafford by-election called for July 19, 2014

  • No candidate for LNP yet. Closure of nominations for candidates within the party this week.

(June 3, 2014) Do they want a quick by-election?

(June 2, 2014) Can the LNP retain Stafford?

(May 27, 2014) The Courier Mail’s conspiracy theory

  • In The Courier MailSteven Wardill and Robyn Ironside write; “RENEGADE MP Chris Davis surrendered some of his assistant minister entitlements months before his resignation, sparking speculation in the Newman Government he was planning an early exit.”

However, Dr Chris Davis said, “Essentially (I) did not require three official offices and three car spaces. Most of my work as assistant minister was meetings that could be done more readily at Stafford or Parliament.”

Here’s the full story: “LNP‘s Chris Davis shed privileges sparking speculation the Stafford MP planned exit”.

ABC News Qld: Deputy Opposition Leader Tim Mulherin says Stafford will be a by-election on asset sales.

ABC News Qld: Deputy Opposition Leader Tim Mulherin says Stafford will be a by-election on asset sales.

(May 26, 2014) No byelection date yet and no LNP candidate

ABC News Brisbane: LNP's culture woes start at the top, says ex LNP MP Chris Davis.

ABC News Brisbane: LNP’s culture woes start at the top, says ex LNP MP Chris Davis.

 

(May 25, 2014) Newman formally rejects allegations

7 News Brisbane: Newman has formally responded to allegations he verbally abused Dr Chris Davis.

(May 24, 2014) Out of the blocks

  • First out of the blocks, Queensland Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk hit the streets of the Stafford electorate with Labor candidate, Dr Anthony Lynham. Labor used a similar campaign at the recent Redcliffe byelection of starting early on their campaign even before the date had been announced:
9 News Brisbane: Labor kicks off its by-election campaign with Dr Anthony Lynham.

9 News Brisbane: Labor kicks off its by-election campaign with Dr Anthony Lynham.

ABC News Qld: Dr Paul Williams from Griffith University predict a Labor win and a swing of 10 per cent.

ABC News Qld: Dr Paul Williams from Griffith University predict a Labor win and a swing of 10 per cent.

(May 23, 2014) Dr Chris Davis resigns from parliament.

ABC 730 Qld: Political donations, CMC changes and doctors contracts: Why Dr Chris Davis resigned.

ABC 730 Qld: Political donations, CMC changes and doctors contracts: Why Dr Chris Davis resigned.

  • “This is a government that refuses to listen to the people or refuses to listen to their own MPs,” ETU state secretary Peter Simpson said: “ETU to tackle Stafford”.
Worst week in Qld parliament: OL Annastacia Palaszczuk ready for #StaffordVotes by-election.

Worst week in Qld parliament: OL Annastacia Palaszczuk ready for #StaffordVotes by-election.

  • Clive Palmer will supply a candidate to contest the by-election but would prefer a general election:

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