David Marler

David Marler

Queensland reporter at No Fibs
David is a full time Queensland carer for his son and in quiet times contributes to NoFibs.
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Ongoing coverage of the Queensland election campaign for 2017. Check back for updates.

Part 5 of the Queensland election blog for 2017

Table of contents
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Antony Green’s Queensland election 2017 guide.
Queensland election: Breaking down the big promises from Labor and the LNP.
Archive of The Courier Mail’s front pages during election 2017.
(November 18, 2017) Day 21 – LNP/PHON deal confirmed.
(November 19, 2017) Day 22 – Campaign launches.
(November 20, 2017) Day 23 – LNP writes Courier Mail front page.
(November 21, 2017) Day 24 – Jo-Ann goes PHONy.
(November 22, 2017) Day 25 – Debate at The Ville .

(November 22, 2017) Day 25 – Debate at The Ville

Annastacia not responding to Pauline’s name calling

Steve Dickson’s false claims about Safe Schools

  • Bill Louden and Emma Rowe report, “One Nation Queensland leader Steve Dickson’s claim that the Safe Schools program “contains highly explicit material directed at young children in their formative years” is incorrect. There is no discussion of the details of specific sex acts, sex aids or sexual health in Safe Schools resources. Safe Schools is an optional resource for schools and teachers. Its aim is to help school staff create safer and more inclusive environments for LGBTI students and families.”: FactCheck: does the Safe Schools program contain ‘highly explicit material’?

Peter Wellington packs up

Hervey Bay altercation

Complaints over Tim Nicholls letterbox drop

  • Jorge Branco reports, “Charges have been laid over “vile” CFMEU protests as an LNP-sponsored attack ad in Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls’ safe Brisbane seat seeks to tie his Labor opponent to the controversy. The electoral commission is looking into whether the flyer, labelling Labor candidate for Clayfield Philip Anthony “Your Local CFMEU Champion” complies with the Electoral Act, after complaints from Labor supporters.”: Charges over CFMEU protest as ECQ looks into Tim Nicholls attack ad.

Pauline wants alcohol restrictions removed

On the campaign trail with Brittany Lauga and Casie Scott

Adani financing

Annastacia in Bundaberg

Factcheck jobs claim

Chances are?

Debate at The Ville


Media Watch


(November 21, 2017) Day 24 – Jo-Ann goes PHONy

Malcolm Roberts talks up his chances in Ipswich

  • Amy Remeikis reports, “Former Queensland senator – considered a long shot to win seat – says interactions with voters have been ‘fabulous’”: ‘Vigorous thumbs up’: Ipswich is welcoming One Nation back, Malcolm Roberts says.

Tim passes on LNP/PHON Government

Stop Adani protest in Queens St Mall

  • Toby Crockford reports, “More than 200 anti-Adani activists have defied council and police by gathering in the heart of Brisbane for a last-ditch protest just days before the Queensland election. Organisers hinted there could be mass arrests on Tuesday evening after Brisbane City Council and the Queensland Police Service refused to issue permits for the action, but despite a strong police presence, no arrests were made.”: Anti-Adani protesters defy council, police in last-ditch action before election.

Tim at the Media Club

Jo-Ann goes PHONy


(November 20, 2017) Day 23 – LNP writes Courier Mail front page

Can I get votes with that? New drive-thru voting stations

Annastacia in Townsville, Tim in Bundy

PHON will work with anyone

Fixing the Bruce Highway

Open to minority government but no cabinet positions for PHON

Adani topic of heated exchange

LNP candidate’s report published

The Courier Mail’s front page by Steven Wardill claims that, “Annastacia Palaszczuk’s renewable energy target will force the closure of coal-fired power stations, increase the risk of blackouts and cause dividends to dry up, new analysis has revealed. Research conducted for the Australian Institute of Progress warned the cascading closure of coal plants would begin from as early as next year under Labor’s plan for 50 per cent renewables use by 2030.”

The research was provided by the Australian Institute of Progress and, “conducted by economist and former LNP Federal candidate Jonathan Pavetto, was based on data recently released by the Australian Energy Market Operator,” the article admits.

November 11, 2017 The Courier Mail - Nervous Energy

At its website, the AIP confirms in its report, Implications of a 50{17ac88c265afb328fa89088ab635a2a63864fdefdd7caa0964376053e8ea14b3} renewable energy policy on Queensland’s energy sector, that, “We commissioned Jonathan Pavetto, an energy sector economist, to investigate the implications of a 50{17ac88c265afb328fa89088ab635a2a63864fdefdd7caa0964376053e8ea14b3} renewable energy policy on Queensland’s energy sector. His analysis is based on the Australian Energy Market Operator’s (AEMO) annual National Transmission Network Development Plan published in December 2016.”

On his Linked-in account, Mr Pavetto lists experience with such organisations as Queensland Sugar Limited, LNP candidate for federal electorate of Kennedy, Spokesperson for The Alliance of Electricity Consumers and other policy and consultancy roles.

Mr Pavetto stood for the LNP in the federal seat of Kennedy against the incumbent Bob Katter at the 2016 federal election.

Mr Pavetto lists a role as consultant at the SAS Group. During the ‘Strong Choices’ asset sales/leasing policy of the Newman Government, he penned, ‘Strong Choices asset privatisation overview’ for SAS Group.

Electrical Trades Union Assistant State Secretary Keith McKenzie said in a statement that it was ‘power plant hysteria driven by LNP aligned think tank’.

“This is the deeply partisan analysis of climate change skeptics from a right wing think tank created by former Liberal Party Vice President Graham Young,” he said.

In a separate report released today, Australian Chief Scientist Alan Finkel says renewables could reliably contribute 50pc to the power grid and that Australia risks missing global growth in the industry of energy storage because of the nation’s policy uncertainty.

The Australian Energy Market Operator has been contacted for comment by NoFibs under reference NCR0085550.

LNP still handing out how-to-vote cards for non-LNP candidates

Battleground South Brisbane


(November 19, 2017) Day 22 – Campaign launches

The Newman factor

A few thoughts from Henry VIII Palaszczuk

Gunning for votes

  • Geoff Egan reports, “GUN advocates affiliated with the American National Rifle Association are helping fund One Nation’s return to Queensland politics and another shooters’ body is paying for full-page ads urging voters to “flick” the major parties. The Queensland Shooters Union has spent thousands of dollars boosting One Nation candidates including former party director Jim Savage. The Electoral Commission of Queensland’s donations disclosure website shows the Shooters Union gave $1400 to Brian Higgins, the One Nation’s Gregory candidate; $1327.45 to Chelle Dobson, One Nation’s Gympie candidate; and $1476.95 to Mr Savage’s campaign in Lockyer.”: Gun lobby funding One Nation candidates.

The launches



Hung parliament scenario


(November 18, 2017) Day 21 – LNP/PHON deal confirmed

Newspoll: Labor tipped to win

Tim confirms deal

Different youth crime strategies needed

Tim’s positivity strategy canned

Bad behaviour

Annastacia in Inala

Tony in Cleveland but it’s really Oodgeroo

-More to come