Mavericks have existed since the earliest days of Australian politics. And they find a natural home in Queensland.
The ‘New Bradfield’ scheme seeks to revive a nation-building ethos supposedly stifled by bureaucratic inertia. But there are good reasons the scheme never became a reality.
Queensland still mystifies too many politicians but its needs are surprisingly simple.
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Two Queensland-based experts discuss what so many politicians and pundits get wrong about the Sunshine State – and what its citizens are crying out for.
With its details of widespread corruption, the Fitzgerald report remains a cataclysmic event in Queensland politics, and still resonates today.
The myth of ‘the Queensland voter’, Australia’s trust deficit, and the path to Indigenous recognition.
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Today, an election-themed episode about some of the biggest policy questions Australia faces, featuring Indigenous academic lawyer Eddie Synot and political scientist Anne Tiernan.
Changes under Queensland’s recently instituted Planning Act give councils much more leeway in their decision-making, which makes it harder for appeals against decisions to succeed.
The reallocation is short and long Senate terms for Tasmania distorts the 2016 election result.
Voters in Queensland and the rest of Australia may need to accustom themselves to a new norm of tight, drawn-out contests, where party leaders’ election night speeches might be obsolete.
For the Queensland LNP, the divisions between the progressive and conservative forces within the party may hamper its political prospects.
Queensland Labor claimed it has ‘created 122,500 jobs – more than four times the number of jobs created under the Newman-Nicholls government’. Is that right? We asked the experts.
The Palaszczuk government has achieved better outcomes than the last two Queensland governments.
Whichever major party ‘wins’ the Queensland election will likely be forced into tricky negotiations with minor parties to form government.
What will Queensland’s new laws to combat the bikie ‘menace’ actually achieve?
Given its flagship status, the Logan public housing project’s abandonment could be a serious setback for Australian housing and urban policy.
At long last, Australia has a government that is prepared to introduce real-time disclosure for political donations – a crucial change that lets voters make an informed choice at the ballot box.
To win government, Labor needs a net gain of 19 seats nationally – and that’s the exact number of marginal seats being fought over in Queensland this election.
Tim Nicholls’ victory reverts to the pre-eminence of “urban Liberals” over the Queensland LNP’s rural and regional representatives and constituents.
An “appalling” return to “the bad old days of Queensland politics” – why political analysts are so concerned about the shock overhaul of voting and the number of MPs in Queensland.
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.
The House of Representatives is now the only lower house chamber in the Australian parliamentary system with non-fixed three-year terms. Should it change?