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Aboriginal people have good reason to be mistrustful of health services

Crikey July 28, 2009 1 Comment

Historically speaking, health services have been part and parcel of racist policies. Which is why Aboriginal people have reason to be suspicious of Australian mainstream health services.

Crikey Backgrounder: Bligh’s Queensland gets a touch of the Fitzgeralds

Dr Mark Bahnisch July 27, 2009 4 Comments

There's been a certain feeling of deja vu over the past fortnight in Queensland. The jailing of a former Minister, allegations that government was far too close to business and then ... the piece de resistance.

Queensland: a sunny place for shady politics

Crikey July 24, 2009

Queenslanders may not have moved so far beyond the Bjelke-Petersen era as they would like to think; his legacy of mixing government with business lives on under a secretive and self-serving Labor government, says Scott Prasser.

Nuttall gets 7 years

Crikey July 17, 2009

Ex-Queensland Minister Gordon Nuttall has been sentenced to seven years' jail for corruption. But this might not be the end. Queensland's DPP is finalising advice on whether Nuttall should face other unrelated charges.

Ministers run riot: remembering QLD under Beattie

Crikey July 16, 2009 5 Comments

The conviction of Gordon Nuttall, a senior member of Peter Beattieā€™s Government, reinforces the sense that Queensland Labor under Beattie was ready to tolerate appalling standards in ministers.

Gordon Nuttall and the Queensland crony club

Crikey July 16, 2009

The Queensland Inc of the 21st century is not a rerun of the matters uncovered by the Fitzgerald inquiry. But business and politics work closely, as the conviction of ex-minister Gordon Nuttall for corrupt payments shows, says Andrew Fraser.

Misinformation abounds in Cairns abortion case

Crikey July 14, 2009 1 Comment

Cairns gynaecologists Caroline de Costa and Michael Carrette report on misoprostol and the Cairns woman charged with procuring her own abortion.

The fallout inside the ALP after Qld election campaign

Bernard Keane July 9, 2009 1 Comment

Outgoing Queensland ALP assistant state secretary Terry Wood has defended himself against claims of incompetence during the March election campaign.

Qld ALP heavy to take the fall for Bligh campaign

Bernard Keane July 1, 2009 1 Comment

A secret report has isolated 'systemic failures' in the ALP's recent Queensland campaign, writes Bernard Keane.

Queensland’s depression-era Budget

Crikey June 17, 2009

In one word: jobs. With its Budget, the Bligh government is doing nothing more than what governments the world over are having to do to keep their economies ticking over, says Craig Johnstone.