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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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Peter Beattie is the anti-politician Rudd and Labor need

Brisbane-based political analyst Dr Mark Bahnisch says Peter Beattie was the original Kevin Rudd — a charismatic Queensland politician who ruled through personality, not politics.

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ANDREW CROOK | QLD |

UQ election called off amid bitter irregularity dispute

The University of Queensland’s student union was set to turn leftwards for the first time in years, but amid electoral regularities the vote has been declared null and void.

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BERNARD KEANE | QLD |

Beattie boosts Labor, whatever the election outcome

Whatever Peter Beattie’s relationship with Kevin Rudd, his entry to federal politics boosts Labor.

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ANDREW CROOK | QLD |

Cloud over LNP Rankin candidate David Lin after guilty finding

A candidate for the Liberal National Party in Queensland was found guilty of professional misconduct by the state’s chief legal discipline body, Crikey has learned. David Lin says they were “clerical errors”.

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CATHY ALEXANDER | QLD |

Booted out: LNP rising star ejected over RM Williams incident

Ben Riley, a rising star in the Young Liberals, has been controversially suspended for six months for pinching a pair of RM Williams boots at a party convention. The swift punishment has exposed party tensions.

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Nothing fishy about delayed Great Barrier Reef impact report

The report on the Gladstone harbour development is in its final stages but has been delayed. But local journalist John Mikkelsen reports the delay was not politically motivated.

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Crikey Blogs | QLD |

Seats of the week: Labor eyes Qld electorates back in play

With the return of Kevin Rudd, a number of seats previously considered unwinnable have been deemed up for grabs. William Bowe profiles the Queensland electorates of Forde and Herbert.

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Beautiful one day … Queensland drags down national jobs figures

Today’s ABS jobs data shows unemployment has risen a little, but Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane argue the data is modestly good news. Queensland is holding us back however.

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Crikey Blogs | QLD |

Seat of the seat: Griffith — Rudd’s home turf

Brisbane’s inner south again finds itself represented by a Prime Minister after another absorbing week in federal politics. William Bowe homes in on Kevin Rudd’s electorate.

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