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Those opposed to forced municipal mergers have reason to be sceptical of NSW Premier Mike Baird’s promises that it will improve councils’ performance. AAP/Paul Miller

Do mergers make for better councils? The evidence is against ‘bigger is better’ for local government

If forced amalgamations proceed, we may well see hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer and ratepayer funds squandered simply because policymakers preferred dogma to empirical evidence.
Annastacia Palaszczuk’s key priorities now revolve around diversifying Queensland’s economy and boosting foreign investment to create jobs. AAP/Dave Hunt

Palaszczuk’s first year in office: an unanticipated success

The Palaszczuk government has been successful in maintaining parliamentary stability, restoring relationships with the judiciary and police, and ending the perceived policy inertia in job creation.
Queensland Police Commissioner Terry Lewis was a target of the Fitzgerald Inquiry. Supplied

Book extract: All Fall Down

Matthew Condon’s new book, All Fall Down, ends Queensland Police Commissioner Terry Lewis’ story amid the demise of the Rat Pack and their corrupt system of graft payments known as “The Joke”.
Independent oversight will be a crucial new ingredient in the Queensland government’s vow for stronger domestic violence action. Dan Peled/AAP

Queensland’s domestic violence strategy may finally put action to the test

We’ve heard promises to act on domestic violence too often before. But a new Queensland plan offers public accountability measures – which could finally turn rhetoric into real action.
South Australia’s proposed anti-bikie laws criminalise the wearing of anything that indicates association with a declared ‘criminal organisation’ on licensed premises. AAP/Eric Sands

Queensland holds lessons for states set to crack down on bikies

While South Australia's proposed anti-bikie laws may be constitutional, there are clear reasons why introducing them is at best premature – and at worst a very bad idea.
Annastacia Palaszczuk put her government’s future into doubt when she sacked one of her MPs, Billy Gordon, from the parliamentary party. AAP/Matt Roberts

Billy Gordon’s past shouldn’t end the Queensland government

Sacked Queensland Labor MP Billy Gordon has a legal right to remain in parliament and vote, issue-by-issue, as an independent.
Billy Gordon has paid the price for failing to disclose his criminal history after he was sacked from the parliamentary ALP by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. AAP/Dan Peled

By sacking Billy Gordon, Palaszczuk has put her government on the brink

The Queensland government's survival is at stake just two months after it was elected following the sacking of Labor MP Billy Gordon from the parliamentary party.
He’s back: new Queensland LNP leader Lawrence Springborg acknowledges party members’ applause at the election launch last month. AAP/John Pryke

Queensland LNP’s new leader is Lazarus with a quadruple bypass

Who is Lawrence Springborg, who has replaced Campbell Newman as the leader of the Queensland Liberal National Party? Elected on Saturday afternoon after a marathon two-hour party meeting, Springborg has…
With Premier Campbell Newman exiting the political stage, Governor Paul de Jersey (left) may become a key player in deciding who forms Queensland’s next government. AAP/Dan Peled

Hung parliament for Queensland? Expect more nuance than chaos

Driving back to Brisbane from my childhood home of Nambour, I saw the most extraordinary political billboard. In monumental black and white, it simply said: Hung Parliament. Chaos. That these stark and…
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman and Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk will face off for their final leaders’ debate on Friday lunchtime, as the clock ticks down to Saturday’s election. AAP/David Kapernick

Ten things to watch on and after election night in Queensland

You know it’s an extraordinary election when a party holds 73 of the 89 seats in parliament thanks to a record-breaking victory just three years earlier – yet there’s talk of that party losing government…
Palmer United Party founder Clive Palmer had to miss the Queensland election launch, leaving it to state leader John Bjelke-Petersen – backed by senators Glenn Lazarus and Dio Wang – to make the pitch to voters. AAP/Jamie McKinnell

Palmer misses the party as PUPs struggle to be heard in Queensland

It’s been a surprisingly muted campaign from the Palmer United Party (PUP) ahead of Queensland’s January 31 poll – and on Sunday, the man who started it all couldn’t even make it to his own party. At the…
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has surprised voters by calling an early election for January 31. AAP/Dave Hunt

Queensland’s early election hinges on a test of Newman’s strength

The biggest battle Campbell Newman faces in the Queensland election on January 31 is the one against himself. The election, called on Tuesday morning, will be a referendum on the achievements of the Premier…
The protagonists are different in this political reincarnation of Pauline Hanson and One Nation, and so is the lay of the land in Australian politics. AAP/Dave Hunt

Hanson gets the band back together – can she make an impact?

Pauline Hanson has reunited with One Nation to contest the seat of Lockyer in the upcoming Queensland election. The reunion is an acknowledgement that neither Hanson nor her former party has fared so well…

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