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Poll Bludger: Sunshine State could deal Abbott govt a body blow

The federal Coalition’s standing in Queensland continues to deteriorate. One option could be to scapegoat the distressed Newman government. There’s just one problem: Queensland’s LNP is more popular (or, at least, less unpopular) than the Abbott government.

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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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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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A sting in the tail for the winner of Longman

Freelance journalist James Rose visits the Queensland seat of Longman and finds that whether pint-sized MP Wyatt Roy holds on or not, victory might not be all it’s cracked up to be.

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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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George and Barbara enjoy the view from the john

Crikey readers have their say on the topics of the day.

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There’s plenty behind LNP’s voluntary voting thought bubble

The Queensland LNP’s proposal on voluntary voting is aimed at creating a diversion, seeking partisan advantage and creating a smokescreen to hide possible changes on political donations.

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Crikey says: Katter gives voters little choice

First bullying, now Crikey has claims the ATO was dismissing official taxpayer complaints. Bernard Keane wonders how it all got to this on Julia Gillard and Slater & Gordon. How the carbon tax is more popular than Tony Abbott. And the Mark Latham v Andrew Bolt cage match continues.

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Qld budget: health cuts go to political vitality of Newman

Health sector stakeholder reaction to the Queensland budget has been adverse, writes Dr Mark Bahnisch.

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Quiggin: Qld’s no-ideas budget will hurt where it counts

Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls’ first budget is a startling exercise in self-contradiction. Health services will be the worst hit, writes John Quiggin

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UQ student leaders condemn “Fresh” union as administration swoops

Prominent student leaders at the University of Queensland have backed an inquiry to uncover skulduggery during this week’s union elections.

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It’s a tall order for Labor to stand tall in Queensland poll

Queensland will be at the polls within weeks, with Labor facing a resurgent LNP under Campbell Newman. In the second of a series of reports from Mark Bahnisch, what are Anna Bligh’s chances?

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Pollies’ pay, when more is less, more or less

Politicians pay rises … Tasmanian apple industry … Climate change …

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Polls-bound Bligh and Newman on bushfire alert

Queensland could be at the polls within weeks, with Anna Bligh clinging to power in the face of a resurgent LNP. Mark Bahnisch of Larvatus Prodeo looks at Campbell Newman’s chances.

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Campbell Newman fires at ‘punks’ but shoots himself in the foot

Queensland LNP leader Campbell Newman did something yesterday that he should have done a long time ago, writes Brisbane blogger Kim Jameson. He released an up-to-date statement of his financial interests.

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Only in Qld… Campbell’s the new man in the hot seat

Events these past couple of days concerning state politics of the non-Labor kind, again give credence to the view that Queensland is different, writes professor Scott Prasser, executive director of the Public Policy Institute at Australian Catholic University.

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Flying-foxes: the sleeper issue in the Queensland election

In the dying days of the Queensland election, the issue of damage to commercial fruit crops cause by flying-foxes has finally entered the fray, writes Olly Perkins.

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How we might lend an ear — again — to Pauline Hanson

There’s something of Mike Tyson in Pauline Hanson’s return: battered and past her prime, she’s drawn inevitably back to what she knows best, writes Jeff Sparrow.

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Beattie goes: the Queensland perspective

Professor Clive Bean, Head of the School of Humanities at QUT, takes a look at what the Beattie resignation means for Queensland politics and how he will be remembered.

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