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PUP could be a force to be reckoned with in 2015 Qld election

Although some of Clive Palmer’s aspirations remain unrealised, there are historical reasons to expect his Palmer United Party will prove a contender when Queenslanders go to the polls next year.

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Courier-Mail v Tony Fitzgerald: Murdoch tab lays down gauntlet

Former royal commissioner Tony Fitzgerald has criticsed Queensland Premier Campbell Newman and The Courier-Mail’s pro-LNP bias and has been lambasted for his trouble, writes freelance journalist Alex Mitchell.

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Poll Bludger: alarm bells for Campbell Newman after Stafford drubbing

The Labor Party’s Stafford byelection win threatens the security of Newman’s nearby Ashgrove seat, where his 5.7% margin is looking distinctly fragile.

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WILLIAM BOWE | QLD | 4

Stafford byelection could be a preview of Newman’s undoing

Byelections are rarely happy occasions for governments, but the electoral test that faces Campbell Newman on Saturday is a gloomier prospect than most.

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Meeting Elvis, Palmersaurus and the Purple People Eater: a photo essay

Our tipster finds a few familiar reptiles at weekend’s Fairfax Festival, held by Clive Palmer at his Sunshine Coast resort.

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Maverick or political dinosaur? A weekend with Clive Palmer

Clive Palmer was in fine form at his Fairfax Festival Weekend, spouting folksy wisdom and avoiding tricky questions. Freelance journalist James Rose was there to experience the madness.

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BERNARD KEANE | QLD |

McClure report fails on key issue of low-income housing

Access to housing is a key issue in welfare reform that has been missed by the McClure report

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State privatisation schemes a dumb idea, regardless of the spin

Queensland and NSW have some seemingly well-crafted spin to try to sell their privatisation schemes. But Economist and University of Queensland academic John Quiggin says any way you cut it, privatisation will not make the states any money.

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The ‘electoral reform’ song and dance in Queensland

The major parties are fired up about electoral reform in Queensland. But guess who benefits? The major parties, of course. Anthony Pink, data analyst and returning officer for the Queensland Greens, explains.

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Newman v the doctors: a political fight that is poisoning the LNP

The Queensland government his locked into a nasty dispute with doctors, and voters are sick of it. Mark Bahnisch, commentator and Centre for Policy Development fellow, says the result is considerable ill will.

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Qld’s ‘homosexual advance’ defence puts gay men’s lives at risk

A person accused of murder in Queensland can be acquitted if the victim made a “homosexual advance”. Law and social justice researchers Dr Alan Berman and Sher Campbell say it contravenes human rights and something must be done.

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For farmers, drought not the most dangerous predator on the horizon

Unfair lending practices and a system that favours bankers over farmers is threatening rural Australia’s livelihoods, says a Queensland farmer and grazier. Freelance journalist Amanda Gearing hears his story.

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How the royal commission can help Toowoomba to heal — again

In 2008 Toowoomba was rocked by a second paedophilia scandal in seven years. Local journalist Amanda Gearing says, maybe this time, the royal commission can help put the city back together.

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They’re hot and bothered in Griffith, but not for these candidates

The good people of Griffith aren’t very excited about Saturday’s byelection to replace Kevin Rudd — if they know about it at all. James Rose walked the heat-hazed streets to take the pulse.

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CRIKEY INTERN | QLD |

When gay sex was a crime: campaign to expunge records goes national

Victoria and South Australia will finally expunge those convicted of consensual gay sex. So will other states follow? Crikey intern Broede Carmody examines the roadmap.

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WILLIAM BOWE | QLD |

Poll Bludger: Griffith, state polls to test Abbott government mettle

Three state elections and some important byelections are likely to test voters’ loyalty to the newly minted Abbott government. Crikey’s resident polling analyst previews the electoral year.

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Clive shows world leaders his dinosaurs (and discusses world peace)

Coolum’s king, billionaire Clive Palmer, hosted world heavyweights at a Club de Madrid meeting on the Sunshine Coast over the weekend. Freelance journalist James Rose went along.

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CRIKEY INTERN | QLD |

Strict defence: is DHA allowed to lease property to the public?

Defence Housing Australia, whose mandate is to provide housing for Defence personnel, has rented out several Townsville properties to the general public. Crikey intern Tim Oliver reports.

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BERNARD KEANE | QLD |

How high-speed rail could destroy your suburb

Protecting the corridor of a high-speed rail network that will never be built will inflict significant damage on outer suburbs in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

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Why Queensland bikies are ‘very, very scared’

Queensland has introduced draconian laws designed to quash bikie gangs. Freelance writer Henry Belot asks if the laws are fair and effective — and if bikies will simply head south of the border.

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Economic reality mugs the Liberal economic agenda

The downgrade of Western Australia’s credit rating illustrates how governments can’t merely talk about fiscal discipline, they need to show it. Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane report.

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We all go down with the ship on Clive’s cruise to Parliament

Clive Palmer kept the media guessing on election night — until he sniffed a win. Freelance journalist James Rose reflects on his night with Clive — who now looms large on the political scene.

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GUY RUNDLE | QLD |

Katter’s rural Australia in a globalising world, part two

Queenslanders love Bob Katter’s big hat and bigger swagger, but his folksy charm is wearing thin in some parts of the Tablelands.

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Battle for the reef rages below the poll surface

There is a new threat to the Great Barrier Reef in the form of shipping and nearby mining, writes local journalist John Mikkelsen. Will anyone except the Greens talk about it?

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Doing it tough in Forde, Beattie’s would-be electorate

With former Queensland premier Peter Beattie announcing his candidacy for the federal seat of Forde, writer Melissa Lucashenko reports from Logan to find out what he’s campaigning for.

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