The Queensland election is now in its final days and it looks like
Beattie is crusing to another victory. This is how we’ve been covering the
campaign for our paying subscribers over the last week.

THE FORGOTTEN QUEENSLAND CANDIDATES

Sealed section February 4

A political web-surfer writes:

I checked the candidates listed for each of the seats by the Queensland
Electoral Commission, and then compared it to the party lists. There
are loads of missing candidates from the party websites.  This is
what I found:

Not surprisingly, The Nats have removed former alleged Nazi Dan Van Blarcan, their candidate for Whitsunday

And the then the poor old Liberals, where were they on judgement day?  They are missing these six:

Reg Little: Brisbane Central
Nigel David Quinlan: Inala
Bob Harper: Ipswich
Alister Leslie Cowper: South Brisbane
Christopher Kelly : Stafford
Dilys Jean Bradbury: Woodridge

The squeaky clean, or rather more like non-shaving, tree hugging, pot
smoking, business-hating, non-bathing, Lennon Loving, cow despising
hippies – The Greens – get first place in their quest to not tell us
about 10 of their candidates as follows:

Thomas Petitt: Cleveland
Darryl Charles Rosin: Greenslopes
Jan McNicol: Mansfield
Nick Harris: Mount Isa
Sarai Elizabeth-Anna O’Reilly-Reis: Ipswich West
Suzanne Margaret Meehan: Stafford
John Houghton: Bulimba
Neville St James John-Wood: Cook
Stephen Walker: Maryborough
Michael Kane: Toowoomba North

You would think parties that are putting in a job application with the
people of Queensland, to run the state would get something as simple as
their website candidate list correct – wouldn’t you?”

CRIKEY: Anyone got the good oil on the skeletons some of these missing candidates presumably carry.


YAMPY QUEENSLAND GREEN POLITICS

Queensland Greens!  Don’tcha luv ‘em?  They’re taking a break
from entertaining us with their infighting to come up with some
side-splitting policies, too.  An encore for the end of the state
campaign, maybe.

They want to reverse the last three quarters of century in Queensland a bring in an upper house.  We couldn’t guess why.

This upper house, however, should not have the right to block supply.  Here’s what their policy says:

“The House of Review will have the power to block legislation passed by
the Legislative Assembly, with the exception of legislation that
facilitates supply.”

The Greens in the Senate have taken the opposite tack.  They have
refuses to rule out blocking supply – in contrast to the Dems, for whom
not blocking supply is an article of faith.

Nothing like consistent and logical policies is there.


SPENCER JOLLY’S ALLEGED CONFLICT OF INTEREST

The details are starting to come through on Spencer Jolly, Channel
Nine’s chief political reporter in Queensland, and his possible
conflict of interest with the Beattie government.

We hear he’s a bit of a party animal who loves a drink – his most
memorable performance seems to have occurred at a hotel in Gympie where
the National Party was holding its state conference a few years
ago.  After an extremely long day he wandered out of his bedroom
in the early hours and fell straight over a balcony railing, breaking
his leg in the process.

He is also known for running events through his company, Queensland
Seafood Festivals; but the big question is whether the company receives
cash grants from the Beattie government to fund the festivals. We
understand he ran at least one event last year which was sponsored by
the Queensland State Development department.

Spencer’s critics are trying to link this with an alleged pro-Beattie
bias in Nine’s coverage although we’ve spoken to observers who reckon
Spencer plays it straight down the middle.

If you’re in the know, set us straight at [email protected].


COURIER MAIL’S FRONT PAGE GAFFE
Sealed section February 3

Barry Bananas writes:

“The Courier Mail is desperately bereft of experienced journalists,
good writers and a corporate culture of intellectual rigour, and the
end result was there for all the world to see on the front page this
morning.

State Political Reporter Sean Parnell has the front page splash
rehashing the results of the latest TNS poll on the election, which
shows the coalition struggling to regain what were once considered safe
conservative seats like Clayfield and Indooroopilly.

Right beside it though Parnell has drawn on all of his considerable
experience and insight to tell us that the Coalition has only itself to
blame because it has not done enough rebuilding since its losses “in
1995 and 1998”.

Young Sean might be interested to know that the Coalition all but won
the 1995 election, shocking Australia’s then most popular Premier Wayne
Goss by going within one seat of toppling him.

And, 1998 was hardly a major set-back, with Beattie coming to power on
a slim margin. It was 2001 what done the damage, and that is what the
Coalition has yet to learn or recover from.


BEATTIE LOOKING CRUISY
Sealed section February 2

With a week to go in the Queensland state election campaign, Premier Peter Beattie is looking good.

Yesterday’s Sunday Mail poll, however, shows some bumps.  Labor’s
primary vote has held strong at 39 per cent, while the Coalition is
down two points to 28 per cent.

Labor’s two party preferred, however, is up at 58 – a figure that could
see the party keep up to 60 of the states 89 seats, according to the
Mail, compared with the 66 they now hold.

The interesting figure, however, is Beattie’s personal approval rating
of 49 per cent – the first time it has gone below the 50 mark in his
six years as Premier and a far cry from its 73 per cent highpoint.

Opposition Leader Lawrence Sprinborg’s rating is 35 – 11 points higher than three months ago.

Perhaps he should get his kit off more often.

More analysis at Online Opinion here.
 
And for some Queensland election analysis from the front bar of a
Queensland hotel see Barry Banana’s piece here: “Qld election from the front bar”

Peter Fray

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