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Follow Crikey’s latest coverage of the 2012 Queensland election. Crikey’s 2012 Queensland election coverage includes independent news, blogs and commentary.


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Electoral imbalance in Queensland: putting votes into perspective

The Queensland Greens claim last year’s state election recorded the most unbalanced result in a sample of 132 recent elections in states and provinces across the world. It’s a legitimate grievance, writes Charles Richardson.

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Queensland to return to the ballot box

Voters in the Sunshine State will return to the polling booth next week to vote in local government elections and, for South Brisbane residents, to choose a successor to Anna Bligh, reports William Bowe.

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Mackerras: parliamentary representation and the case for reform

I think that the interests of good government are best served by giving the single biggest party a bonus when votes are translated into seats.

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Queensland lopsided result makes the case for reform

Final figures from Queensland’s electoral commission reveal a massacre of astronomical proportions. But if you look at the vote totals a small element of doubt creeps in.

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Will there be an interest rate cut?

The expected speculation about an interest rate cut is underway just as my Crikey colleagues predicted it would be.

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Where Labor went wrong

Crikey readers have their say.

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Hail the Bligh government … at least for the environment

It is difficult to tell how the Beattie/Bligh Labor government will be judged but, when the history is written, special mention should be made of their achievements in protecting Queensland’s woodlands, writes Andrew Mcintosh, associate director of the ANU Centre for Climate Law and Policy.

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Rundle: time to work out what a Labor Party is for

In the aftermath of Queensland — a place that, like Vietnam or Dresden or Hell, has become an event — it’s worth revisiting a debate that’s been going on round Leftish traps, regarding the ALP in power.

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Tawdry and unclean, Labor deserved to lose

Crikey readers have their say.

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Queensland election: has the LNP served its purpose?

It’s on the non-Labor side that Queensland has always been different.

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Inside Can Do’s party: sequins mix with mild applause, no free booze and restraint all round

If the LNP did send out a memo about being gracious in victory, Clive Palmer didn’t get it. Kellie Riordan headed along to Campbell Newman’s celebrations.

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Queensland election: what happened on Saturday and why

Now then, to what happened on Saturday and why. The following list is by no means exhaustive.

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Poll Bludger: the hole where Qld Labor used to be

Suddenly Kristina Keneally’s performance doesn’t look so bad. What happened to Labor in Queensland on Saturday is without any precedent in Australian history.

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Queensland election: grassroots party workers saw landslide coming

From the moment the Queensland poll results began to hint at the record 15.7% swing to the LNP on Saturday night, tired LNP party workers were smiling, writes Amanda Gearing, a freelance journalist in Toowoomba.

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Queensland a worry for Federal ALP

Former Premier Peter Beattie wants Julia Gillard to buy a house in Queensland. But what if Queenslanders actually don’t want her?

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Queensland result a disaster for everyone, not just ALP

Everyone’s had a go at describing the magnitude of Queensland Labor’s loss over the weekend. This isn’t good news for anyone, least of all the voters of Queensland.

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Labor decimated in Queensland

Crikey media wrap: “Can-do” Campbell Newman “can did” on the weekend, leading the Liberal-National Party to a crushing victory of Queensland Labor and winning a likely 78 seats in a 89-seat parliament.

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The hole where Queensland Labor used to be

All of a sudden Kristina Keneally’s performance doesn’t look so bad. What happened to Labor in Queensland on the weekend is an unmitigated disaster — for the party and for parliament, writes William Bowe.

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Many of Bob Katter’s army are on the money

Up against cumbersome major parties, Bob Katter’s Australian Party has fielded a better-than-expected group of candidates, writes Jane Goodall at Inside Story. But Bob has done the damage.

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Bligh’s last desperate appeal

To say anything other than we can’t win would have left Anna Bligh looking quite ridiculous.

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The indignity of the hustings

As the interminably long Queensland election campaign grinds to a close, spare a thought for Premier Bligh.

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Queensland election: the final countdown

Crikey media wrap: It’s Anna Bligh’s last full day as Premier of Queensland, with the Liberal National Party expecting an easy victory for new leader Campbell Newman at the polls tomorrow.

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Behind the Seams: going underground to examine CSG risk to aquifers

FAQ Research writer Brian Bahnisch looks at the issues thrown up in relation to underground aquifers and cola seam gas.

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Two days to go: Poll Bludger’s Qld seat snapshots

With just two days until the Queensland election, Poll Bludger’s psephological wizard William Bowe covers the latest from the hustings  —  including a ReachTEL poll that indicates a 54.2-45.8 victory to the LNP in Campbell Newman’s all important seat of Ashgrove …

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Have your say on the Queensland mining industry …

A new survey invites Queenslanders to offer their views on more help for the mining industry.

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