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WILLIAM BOWE | QLD | 2

Poll Bludger: LNP wants preselection reform to oust rogue candidates

Maverick candidates have caused a lot of headaches for the LNP over the years, both in the states and federally. Now Queensland’s state branch wants to do something about it.

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WILLIAM BOWE | QLD |

Poll Bludger: why Baird hit pay dirt, and Newman hit plain dirt

A new report sheds light on the tale of two very different elections. One, a Coalition triumph. The other … not so much.

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WILLIAM BOWE | QLD |

Honeymoon’s over for Qld Labor as polls return startlingly different results

Are the voters of Queensland happy with the new Queensland government? It’s very hard to say.

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Crikey Blogs | QLD |

Archaic abortion laws out of step with community attitudes

Abortion laws have failed to keep up with medical science. It’s time to effect long-overdue change to abortion laws in NSW and Queensland, write Heather Douglas and Caroline de Costa.

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QLD |

What is to blame for deadly Grantham flood?

The shattered residents of Grantham want and need better answers from the Queensland government, reports Toowoomba-based freelance journalist Amanda Gearing.

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BERNARD KEANE | QLD |

Hypocritical Labor punishes consumers on electricity

New South Wales Labor’s campaign against electricity privatisation is cynical and hypocritical, and punishes consumers with higher prices.

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ALEX MITCHELL | QLD |

NSW Labor has to go Green or go home

NSW Labor has historically turned its attention to competing with the Greens, giving the Liberals a free run.

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WILLIAM BOWE | QLD |

Poll Bludger: Labor takes the reins of a minority govt in Qld

Despite ominous warnings from the LNP of the “chaos” that could be caused by overzealous crossbenchers, Labor has formed minority government fair and square. And the Queensland Parliament in no stranger to minority governments.

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BERNARD KEANE | QLD |

Keane: sorry, but ‘reform’ ain’t dead

The claim that the ability of governments to reform is dead is wrong — voters will back even complex reforms if they understand the benefits.

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WILLIAM BOWE | QLD |

Poll Bludger: a demoralised Springborg clings to false hope

The Queensland LNP’s new leader Lawrence Springborg hopes to prevent Annastacia Palaszczuk from forming government by triggering a byelection in the Labor-won seat of Ferny Grove.

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QLD |

Why a key independent chose to back Palaszczuk

Queensland independent MP Peter Wellington tells freelance journalist James Rose why proposed asset sales and the current culture of political donations helped shift his support to the ALP.

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WILLIAM BOWE | QLD |

Poll Bludger: why everyone (including me) failed to see Labor’s Qld win coming

The polls were unanimous: the LNP was going to retain government in Queensland. How did we all miss the great Labor comeback?

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QLD |

Distrust of big business behind Labor’s rise to power in Qld

Anti-big business feeling and a targeted social media campaign gave Labor the votes to win the Queensland election, writes freelance writer and small business owner Andrew Stewart in Queensland.

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WILLIAM BOWE | QLD |

Poll Bludger: Labor’s Queensland win came from a surprising corner

The LNP has had its collective arse handed to it, surprising just about everyone. What was the factor psephologists overlooked?

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BERNARD KEANE | QLD |

Abbott the Coalition killer needs a Press Club miracle

If not the direct cause, Tony Abbott is the lethal dose of background radiation that is crippling the conservative cause.

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BERNARD KEANE | QLD |

After Queensland, Abbott needs a Howard-style miracle

A crippled Tony Abbott must completely reset the political agenda with his Press Club speech. And John Howard offers some inspiration.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | QLD |

Could Newman stay premier if he loses his seat? It’s happened before

A premier who’s not even in parliament? It can happen — in Canada, it’s not even that unusual.

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QLD |

In languid and broken Maryborough, a microcosm of Queensland’s problems

What is really at stake in tomorrow’s Queensland election? Freelance journalist James Rose reports from Maryborough.

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WILLIAM BOWE | QLD |

Poll Bludger: perhaps Newman should have ditched Ashgrove (before it ditches him)

Campbell Newman is polling badly in his seat of Ashgrove — it might have been wiser to depart the seat for a safer LNP one to ensure a stable transition to the new government.

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WILLIAM BOWE | QLD |

Poll Bludger: LNP will keep Queensland, but Newman’s a goner

As if things weren’t already looking bad enough for Campbell Newman in Queensland’s upcoming state election, the numbers now indicate voters could elect as many as 10 crossbenchers.

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WILLIAM BOWE | QLD |

Poll Bludger: parties play the odds with Qld how-to-vote cards

Both major parties, and some of the minor parties too, are manipulating the optional preferential voting system to secure seats.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | QLD |

Mayne: can Newman win his defamation case against Alan Jones?

Crikey’s founder draws some interesting parallels between Jeff Kennett and Campbell Newman’s defamation lawsuit.

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ALEX MITCHELL | QLD |

Cracks appear in Newman’s persona as crunch time approaches

Campbell Newman’s nerves appear to be frayed, with some questionable campaigning by the Queensland Premier.

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WILLIAM BOWE | QLD |

Poll Bludger: will Newman pull a Kennett on Saturday?

Remember when the Queensland LNP campaign was unrelentingly positive? That phase appears to be over …

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BERNARD KEANE | QLD |

Hundreds of donors hidden by Newman’s donations laws

Campbell Newman’s gutting of political donation disclosure laws means many hundreds of LNP donors can remain secret.

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