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Strong men with a strong message to promote: Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Queensland Premier Campbell Newman in happier days at the Federal Liberal Party Council meeting, June 2014. AAP/David Crosling

‘Strong’ men in peril: PM hangs on amid NT and Qld shake-up

* Updated Tuesday 11pm AEDT: A state premier gone, a chief minister fighting off a coup, and a prime minister struggling to avoid the others’ fate. Australian politics is suddenly all about consultative…

#qldvotes: A Final Social Media Round-Up

By any measure, it’s been an extraordinary weekend here in Queensland. The same electoral tsunami that brought the LNP to power in March 2012 has washed the government away again in January 2015. Premier…
Queensland Liberal National MP Fiona Simpson is currently Speaker, but is making a strong pitch to lead her party – and perhaps even be premier. AAP Image/News Ltd Pool, Sarah Marshall

Queensland LNP left without a leader or an economic plan

With the Queensland election result still too close to call, Speaker Fiona Simpson is the first Liberal National MP to put…
Tony Abbott’s Press Club speech was merely the first of a long series of tests that he will face every day from now on. AAP/Mick Tsikas

What ails Abbott is but a symptom of disease of government today

If a single speech is regarded as a make-or-break event for an Australian prime minister, then that prime minister faces an uncomfortable future. That’s because the “make” part is a fraud. Tony Abbott…
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 has voted for a change in governing style at this state election – but under the next government, will they get it? Liz Minchin

Queenslanders deserve a government they can trust

Whoever becomes the next Queensland premier has a chance to wind back the winner-takes-all approach that has worked its way back into the state’s political culture over the past decade, particularly under…
Queensland Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Sunday that she’s ‘optimistic’ of forming a majority government, but it may be days before that’s clear. AAP/Dan Peled

What’s next for Queensland if there’s a hung parliament?

While counting continues in the Queensland election, one possibility is a hung parliament with neither major party holding a majority. Prior to the election, both party leaders indicated that they would…
Queensland Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk celebrates with her family, including father and former state MP Henry (left), and grandmother Beryle Erskine (right) at Labor’s election night party in Brisbane. AAP/John Pryke

Who is Annastacia Palaszczuk, Queensland’s likely next premier?

Two weeks ago, I made a bet that I didn’t dare to think I would collect on: I put A$30 at 7-to-1 odds for a Labor victory in Queensland. I don’t yet know if I’ll get those winnings, but it’s looking increasingly…
Led by Annastacia Palaszczuk, Labor has come back from near annihilation in 2012 to be on the brink of securing a majority in Queensland’s parliament. AAP/John Pryke

Queensland votes: how the numbers are falling for Labor

With 70.6% of the Queensland state election vote counted, the ABC is giving Labor 44 seats to 33 for the Liberal National Party (LNP). Two Katter’s Australian Party (KAP) and one Independent have also…
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman, flanked by his wife Lisa, waves to supporters after conceding he had lost his seat of Ashgrove and would be leaving politics. AAP Image/Dan Peled

Queensland vote rocks Abbott

The rout in Queensland is shocking news for Tony Abbott. It will terrify federal backbenchers and further destabilise his leadership. It puts up in lights that the unpopular federal Coalition could easily…
With the final Queensland election result still hanging in the balance, Campbell Newman – flanked by his wife Lisa – conceded he had lost his own seat and would leave politics. Nine News

Queensland voters send a strong message to eject Newman

“My political career is over.” Campbell Newman’s spectacular entry into Queensland state politics has only been trumped by his spectacular exit. After less than three years in power, and having led the…
Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk has seen off Queensland Premier Campbell Newman – can she win government too? AAP/Dan Peled

Labor on the brink of a shock election win in Queensland

Queensland appears headed for a hung parliament or even a shock Labor win, with Premier Campbell Newman conceding defeat…

Final Queensland Polls have LNP Narrowly Ahead

The Queensland election will be held today. Polls close at 6pm local time (7pm in the south eastern states). We have had final polls from ReachTEL, Galaxy and Newspoll, which all have the Liberal National…
PUP leader Clive Palmer is looking at a potentially difficult year. AAP/Alan Porritt

The Queensland poll will test Clive Palmer’s chutzpah

When Tony Abbott was asked on Friday whether he’d consider stepping aside for Julie Bishop or Malcolm Turnbull – both of whom are more popular than he is – the Prime Minister defaulted to chutzpah. Abbott…
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…
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman is widely tipped to lose his seat in the January 31 election – yet there are ways he could still be premier. AAP/John Pryke

Can Newman still be Queensland premier if he loses his seat?

If the Liberal National Party wins the Queensland election on Saturday, but its leader, Campbell Newman, loses his seat of Ashgrove, can he remain premier? This may be the question vexing minds on Sunday…
Australia has had a consistently high voter turnout thanks to compulsory voting. Niyazz/Shutterstock

Compulsory voting, much like democracy, beats the alternatives

Queenslanders will soon head to the voting booths to either oust or re-elect the Newman government and no doubt some will be wondering why. “Why must I vote or be fined? Why must I be forced to choose…
Queensland’s debt: is it sky high, or under control? An economist shows what you need to know to judge for yourself. AAP/Dan Peled

The true state of Queensland debt

How much debt is Queensland really in? How much of that debt can past Labor governments bear responsibility for, and has the current Liberal National government cut or added to it? And how does Queensland’s…

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