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‘The stuff of nightmares’: when who you are becomes a crime

So crime is no longer about what you do, it’s about you you are and who you associate with. Law lecturer Gabrielle Appleby traces the history of such “preventative” laws and asks some tough questions.

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Deep impact from Queensland’s long pipeline of projects

Is there any way to stop a Queensland mine? Queensland-based freelance journalist Amanda Gearing investigates the effectiveness of an environmental impact statement (hint: not much).

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Is the Qld government missing the bus?

Within weeks of floating it, the Queensland government has backed away from its dramatic new vision for an efficient, high-frequency bus network for south-east Queensland. Alan Davies explains why.

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Radioactive reef? Plan to ship uranium over Great Barrier Reef

Queensland may allow the shipping of uranium over the Great Barrier Reef. Is this a danger to one of Australia’s most treasured natural assets? Crikey intern Tim Fitzpatrick investigates.

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Hey Newman, first-home buyer grants just don’t work

Despite the low success rate, governments continue to offer small sums of money to first-time buyers and wonder why it never works. Property guru Terry Ryder of Property Observer explains.

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Qld’s health blueprint a clarion call for privatising services

The Queensland government has proposed radical changes to the delivery of health services that need careful consideration. But it doesn’t seem to be waiting for consultation.

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Hold the phone, Newman brought scandal onto himself

Campbell Newman has lost a minister and a hand-picked departmental head. His regret is sincere, but nobody else seems to know what they’ve done wrong.

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Miners, developers pile in to fund Newman’s LNP campaign

Big political donors ditched Anna Bligh’s failing government and put their money behind Campbell Newman’s bid for the Queensland premiership, data from the AEC reveals.

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Big Day gets out, and smaller is probably better

With the Big Day Out on the hunt for a new site, the economic impact of big festivals has never been more important. But are tourist dollars really the best way to measure the impact of cultural events?

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Why Clive and Bob are running Queensland politics

A political void has left Clive Palmer and Bob Katter in the spotlight in Queensland. They pose twin but very different threats to Campbell Newman’s government and conservative forces down south.

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From Can Do to can’t hold it together: Newman’s struggle

There’s something in the water in Queensland politics. Here’s the tale of how Campbell Newman, swept to power with a thumping majority, is now under pressure from inside and outside his party.

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Party mole: what’s going wrong in Campbell Newman’s LNP

As the Queensland government loses another MP today, an anonymous party insider explains what’s behind the Liberal-National Party turmoil and how Campbell Newman could try to fix it.

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Crikey says: a yellowcake business in decline?

Is it the surplus we had to have, or just the one we deserve? Are the good people of the ACT going to get the government they deserve (or voted for)? Why aren’t more women deserving of promotion in the Liberal Party? And does Hedley Thomas deserve all those Walkley nominations?

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Will the stars align for Queensland’s new arts bet?

Queensland’s new Arts Minister has established a “superstar fund” to bring high-profile performing artists to the Sunshine State. But can she find a hit?

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The coal industry’s new enemy: Campbell Newman

Queensland’s coal royalties decision is just one face of the sovereign risk confronting miners as governments struggle with budget logic. In the end, no one wins.

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Newman v gays: where else but Queensland?

Recent changes to Queensland laws represent once of the most significant rollbacks of gay and lesbian rights by a government in the Western world.

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Newman swimming in a budget that’s a sea of red

Campbell Newman’s public service cuts reflect a nation-wide crisis of revenue for the states, but also a political perspective on the danger of debt.

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The minister, the speech and the troubled arts department

Queensland Arts Minister Ros Bates fired her top arts bureaucrat for a speech she plagiarised from Labor. But Bates was in the chamber when the speech she copied was first read out. Ben Eltham reports on the turmoil up north.

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Can-Do economy: $244k saved on arts awards in $4.6b deficit

Saving a few extra dollars can cause all sorts of unwanted attention. That’s the situation Queensland Premier Campbell Newman finds himself in after axing respected arts awards.

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Can-Do’s public service cuts: 7 departmental beheadings and counting

New Queensland premier Campbell Newman’s new appointments to the top of the state bureaucracy are an unwelcome politicisation of key public service roles.

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Gladstone bags of diseased fish banned from sale

Reopening Gladstone Harbour to fishing has clearly put public health at risk, so much so the the local fish market has banned the sale of them, writes Crikey naturalist Lionel Elmore.

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Gladstone disaster lurches on behind government spin

The erratic response to the still-unfolding disaster in and around Gladstone Habour is still a headache for both sides of the argument, writes Crikey naturalist Lionel Elmore.

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SMH, Age to ditch broadsheet? … Mother Murdoch defies News Ltd …

In today’s Media Briefs: Front Page of the Day … The Department of Corrections … The Age and 3AW buyout rejected … Mother Murdoch defies News Ltd stance on carbon tax …

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Rundle: crazy Katter’s cut-price, fried policy chain

Bob Katter stood up on Friday and spoke for those sidelined, excluded and marginalised from politics, the real Australians who work hard and pay their taxes, and don’t ask for more than a fair shake. Good luck to him.

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Benjamin Law: the Passion of the Campbell

Campbell Newman has become the phantom menace of Queensland parliament, says Benjamin Law, the unseen Sith Lord pulling the strings from behind the curtain. He’s already riding high in the polls, but the policy cupboard is bare.

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