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Essential: Labor on track in Victoria — and Palmer collapsing in Qld

Labor remains in the lead in Victoria, polling from Essential Research shows, and Clive Palmer’s party has faded badly in Queensland.

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State 7.30 shows under threat, but still more popular than Leigh Sales

The loss of the local editions of 7.30, which used to be called Stateline, have prompted a fierce reaction, and a look at the ratings helps reveal why.

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ALEX MITCHELL | QLD | 17

Even if LNP holds on, Newman looks like a goner

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman is something of a persona non grata these days — particularly in his own electorate.

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WILLIAM BOWE | QLD | 4

Poll Bludger: voters tire of PUP’s political circus

After a brief honeymoon period, the Palmer United Party has suffered a steady decline in its polling results since July. To recover lost ground, Clive will need one hell of an ad blitz in the lead up to Queensland’s 2015 election.

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BERNARD KEANE | QLD |

Should Labor have backed Clive’s War on Campbell?

Labor’s support for Clive Palmer’s inquiry into the Newman government is a politically rational response to the Coalition’s behaviour.

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WILLIAM BOWE | QLD |

Poll Bludger: doctors, nurses and teachers look set to turf Newman out

In his own seat of Ashgrove, Queensland Premier Campbell Newman’s primary vote is in the doldrums. Will the LNP lose its leader at the next election?

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BERNARD KEANE | QLD |

AFP gagged, state agencies run for cover on terror-Iraq link

The government won’t allow the Australian Federal Police to comment on whether its decision to go to war in Iraq has increased the risk of terrorism in Australia.

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PADDY MANNING | QLD |

Cooking with gas: LNG pipeline proposed to supply east coast

APA wants to build a billion-dollar pipeline to connect the gas supply in the Northern Territory with the east coast. And that might not be such a bad idea …

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WILLIAM BOWE | QLD |

Poll Bludger: Labor’s party reform a gift to Newman

Labor’s Queensland branch has become the latest to reform its procedure for choosing party leaders, after last week’s state conference ratified a move to grant a share of the vote to the party membership.

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WILLIAM BOWE | QLD |

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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QLD |

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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WILLIAM BOWE | QLD |

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 |

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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QLD |

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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QLD |

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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QLD |

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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QLD |

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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QLD |

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 |

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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QLD |

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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QLD |

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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