Poll Bludger: why Qld Labor backed Adani’s coal mine despite voter backlash

Poll Bludger: why Qld Labor backed Adani’s coal mine despite voter backlash

June 7, 2017 10

Adani's wildly controversial $16.5 billion Carmichael coal mine project in central Queensland is the latest in a long line of issues putting Labor at risk of dividing two key supporter bases.

Inland rail will make its $8 billion back, government says

Inland rail will make its $8 billion back, government says

May 25, 2017 10

Contradicting earlier reports, the government now says the proposed inland rail line will make back all of the whopping $8.4 billion that will be spent on a line through inland NSW.

Turnbull’s infrastructure plans built on shaky ground, but escape proper scrutiny

Turnbull’s infrastructure plans built on shaky ground, but escape proper scrutiny

May 24, 2017 10

There's no evidence we're getting infrastructure spending or decision-making right at the Commonwealth level.

Poll Bludger: despite shifting public attitudes on abortion, criminalisation remains in Qld, NSW

Poll Bludger: despite shifting public attitudes on abortion, criminalisation remains in Qld, NSW

May 15, 2017 11

To the extent that abortion’s technical status as a criminal offence remains, it's clearly the case that the law is running behind public opinion.

Poll Bludger: One Nation legal woes spell electoral trouble for LNP

Poll Bludger: One Nation legal woes spell electoral trouble for LNP

May 1, 2017 4

The prospect of a One Nation crossbench delivering power to the LNP in Queensland is rapidly diminishing.

Will Turnbull pander to Adani with a $900m loan?

Will Turnbull pander to Adani with a $900m loan?

April 12, 2017 26

The Turnbull government appears set to expand its rampant protectionism by handing nearly a billion dollars to Adani, while urban infrastructure projects with much greater benefits go begging.

One Nation keeps WA party constitution a secret as former candidates fume

One Nation keeps WA party constitution a secret as former candidates fume

March 31, 2017 1

Crikey is aware that no member or candidate was provided with a copy of the constitution for the WA branch of One Nation upon joining the body, writes freelance journalist Tom Ravlic.

Qld Labor’s factional players spar with ‘rogue’ MP Jo-Ann Miller

Qld Labor’s factional players spar with ‘rogue’ MP Jo-Ann Miller

March 28, 2017 1

The question now is: will the locally popular Jo-Ann Miller be able to heal the rift within the Queensland Left and move forward in a positive light? Labor insider Ben Chiefly reports.

Ipswich looms as litmus test for One Nation’s success or failure in Queensland

Ipswich looms as litmus test for One Nation’s success or failure in Queensland

March 24, 2017 1

New electoral boundaries in Queensland make predicting the successes of Labor, the LNP and One Nation complicated, writes Labor insider Ben Chiefly.

Liberals in crisis: Nats with poor memories fail to secure the flanks

Liberals in crisis: Nats with poor memories fail to secure the flanks

March 22, 2017 4

The Nationals have forgotten the lessons from the 1990s about fighting One Nation, and it will harm the Liberal Party in the long term, Bernard Keane and Josh Taylor write.