Queensland: choose your
Four former ministers – including a bungler in the health portfolio – and
a former speaker saying they’re going. The Premier declaring an emergency and
taking on the role of water minister. A change of Liberal leader. There’s so
much happening in Queensland politics it’s
no surprise that there are so many election dates flying around. We can
probably rule out yesterday afternoon’s talk that the poll would be called
today for September 9, but mark the 23rd in your diary. Or the
following weekend. Or…

Political zoo. A nice little fight is brewing over
this website – www.perthzoo.com – not least because of the domain ownership issue.

Details, details. After flagging his
intention to run for Liberal preselections for John Brogden’s old seat of
Pittwater, bush poet Michael Darby failed to lodge his nomination form by the
deadline of midday yesterday. Something fishy – or typical behaviour from a
conservative maverick?

The baleful consequences of eating a ballot
A wonderful discovery, courtesy of Mumble Politics,
about democracy in action and our Commonwealth cousins. “Eating a ballot, not
returning it or otherwise destroying or defacing it constitutes a serious
breach of the Canada Elections Act. These rules are part of a system of
unobtrusive checks and balances that are intended to protect the integrity of
the voting process and Canadians’ trust in the integrity of the electoral

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