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Queensland Premier Anastasia Palaszcuk and Attorney General Yvette D'Ath may be missing the bigger picture on the legal defence of provocation. AAP Image/Dave Hunt

Queensland still failing to act on a medieval murder defence

The Queensland government wants to abolish the "gay panic defence", but it's yet to act on the bigger legal problem: "provocation", which is also used to defend murders in heterosexual relationships.
Man in the middle: former Labor MP turned independent Billy Gordon (centre) is now one of three crucial cross-bench MPs in the Queensland parliament. Dan Peled/AAP

North Queensland’s powerful trio will shake up the state

Three north Queensland MPs representing just 3% of the state's population will wield huge power in Queensland's parliament when it resumes on Tuesday.
While selfies have become a staple of political life, voters’ loyalty beyond the moment can no longer be taken for granted – a new reality the major parties must adapt to if they want to survive. Lukas Coch/AAP

Australian politics’ Kodak moment spells trouble for the major parties

The same forces of disruption that are changing industries and economies around the world are now having a discernible effect on Australian politics – and that's bad news for the major parties.
Coal seam gas has proved a hot topic ahead of the NSW election, not only on the campaign trail but also on social media, where a ‘social mood reader’ can reveal the depth of community feeling. NewZulu/Tony Markham/AAP

Finding new ways to track voters’ moods, beyond polls and punters

Beyond polls and betting markets, how else can we gauge how people feel ahead of future elections? Social media is a goldmine, and one of the newer ways to tap into it is with a "social mood reader".
NSW is expected to see a surge in online voting before the March 28 election – but for peace of mind, old-fashioned paper ballots are still hard to beat. Paul Miller/AAP

NSW’s online gamble: why internet and phone voting is too risky

The NSW election will be Australia's biggest test of electronic voting, with up to 250,000 votes set to be cast online or by phone. But many questions remain about the integrity and privacy of those votes.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (front right) backed by her small ministry team, which gets down to governing this week. Dave Hunt/AAP

History’s lesson for Queensland: a slim majority is enough to be bold

While the 2015 Queensland election was extraordinary, even its most unusual features – a premier dumped, a shock loss for a government, and the revival of a fallen leader – have all happened before.
Not at loggerheads: jobs and the environment can coexist in Queensland’s north. Willem van Aken/CSIRO/Wikimedia Commons

Jobs versus the environment: the debate Queensland can end

Do politicians really have to choose between being pro-development or pro-environment? No, says Allan Dale, and Queensland's new government has the chance to prove it.

Morgan’s NSW Poll has Big Lead for Coalition

The New South Wales election will be held in five weeks on the 28 March. A Morgan SMS poll gives the Coalition a 55.5-44.5 lead, a 1.5% gain for the Coalition since mid-January. Primary votes are 45% for…
Public pressure to be ‘tough’ on crime can lead governments to neglect some of our deadliest problems, such as family violence. Paul Miller/AAP

If you want to cut crime, you can’t ignore the evidence

Queensland has a new Labor minority government, led by Annastacia Palaszczuk, after the shock defeat of the Liberal National Party. Labor’s pre-election promises were “modest”, leaving many now wondering…
It’s not all blue skies ahead for the Sunshine State’s economy, with declining gross domestic income per capita and higher unemployment than three years ago. Dan Peled/AAP

Queensland’s biggest economic challenge isn’t debt – it’s growth

Queensland has a new Labor minority government, led by Annastacia Palaszczuk, after the shock defeat of the Liberal National Party. Labor’s pre-election promises were “modest”, leaving many now wondering…
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and her deputy, Jackie Trad, head up a new cabinet with eight female and six male ministers, including the state’s first Indigenous woman MP. Dan Peled/AAP

A day of firsts for women in politics, and one in particular

It’s a historic day for politics and women in Australia – and even more remarkable for one woman minister, who is also Queensland’s first ever Indigenous woman MP. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s cabinet…
Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey congratulates Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk after her swearing in as Queensland premier. AAP/Dan Peled

Final Queensland election results: Labor’s stunning revival

At the March 2012 election, the Liberal National Party (LNP) won a crushing 78 of the 89 parliamentary seats to just seven for Labor. Two by-election wins during the last term increased Labor’s representation…
Annastacia Palaszczuk says she will ‘restore integrity and accountability’ in Queensland under her new minority Labor government – but can she and her Liberal National opponents work together to achieve that? AAP/John Pryke

Labor’s first test: putting integrity before politics in Queensland

It’s official: Labor is set to lead a minority government in Queensland, with the electoral commission finally declaring the results of the tight election, almost a fortnight after the January 31 poll…
With just eight MPs to back her campaign for government, Queensland ALP leader Annastacia Palaszczuk relied heavily on local community organising and decision-making. AAP/Dan Peled

‘New politics’ announces itself in Queensland and beyond

The “new politics” of 21st-century Australia is much clearer after the extraordinary result in the Queensland election on January 31. Australia’s new politics consists of three elements that they will…
Facing a revolt about a lack of community consultation, Adam Giles (left) saw off the leadership challenge of Willem Westra van Holthe (right) after another Indigenous MP threatened to quit the government. AAP/Neda Vanovac

New MPs beware: neoliberalism is an Indigenous health hazard

As the dust settles after the Queensland election, the realisation that two Indigenous candidates, Leeanne Enoch and Billy Gordon, made history is taking hold amid the Labor Party celebrations. No other…
As Queenslanders wait for a clear election result, all eyes will be on Governor Paul de Jersey (centre) and who he calls on to form the next state government. AAP/Dan Peled

Queensland waits: Labor and the LNP’s conflicting claims to power

Labor has claimed Queensland’s caretaker premier, Campbell Newman, must resign “by 6.01pm” tonight, while Liberal National leader Lawrence Springborg has claimed his party has a strong case to remain as…
When Queensland MP Tim Nicholls said the Newman government didn’t ‘communicate’ well enough, he cast the audience as passive, without views or values of their own. AAP/John Pryke

Talking loud, saying nothing: the old political pitch no longer works

Amid uncertainty over Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s future even if he survives a leadership spill on Monday, the fallout from the shock Queensland election result and political chaos in the Northern Territory…
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…
While Queenslanders watch and wait for a state election result, the quiet business of government continues. Flickr/James Cridland

The Newman government still runs Queensland, so what can it do?

Queenslanders won’t know until at least next week who will lead the next state government, despite Labor winning the crucial support of an independent MP. That means Campbell Newman will remain premier…

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