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Clive Palmer says vaccines don’t work and Craig Kelly is among those misinterpreting statistics to suggest COVID vaccines are causing more deaths overseas.
The court said WA’s new law to prevent Palmer from collecting damages against the state was not unconstitutional. Here’s why.
It is likely in future we will see more, not less, unsolicited text messaging — and not just in politics.
The battle to exit COVID
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Palmer’s anti-lockdown ads were not breaching any laws, so the decision about whether to run them become a purely ethical one. In the end, Nine has made the right decision.
The bill to give parties the right to veto newer parties using the same names is full of problems - and they are not mathematical, but linguistic.
Threatening that if you lose your business your workers won’t have jobs has been tried in the past by figures such as Alan Bond and Clive Palmer.
A good political donation disclosure system would close the loopholes that allow major donors to hide, while protecting the privacy of small donors.
Australia has its own populist tradition. Unlike the US, it is about protecting Australians from the outside world, not asserting their liberties.
If Clive Palmer pursues his claim against the Western Australian government in the High Court, and wins, he’s still got a big legal hurdle to overcome.
Palmer has lost his challenge to the closure of the Western Australian border in response to COVID-19. But it still remains unclear whether the border closure was and remains valid.
As Queensland heads to to the polls, hundreds of voters have received unsolicited text messages from Clive Palmer urging them to vote against Labor. And that’s just the tip of the electioneering iceberg.
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There’s a lot more to Queensland than jokes about Meter Maids and faded curtains. The October 31 election will have a bearing on the whole country.
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As Labor’s Annastacia Palaszczuk and the LNP’s Deb Frecklington vie for Queenslanders’ votes, leadership, COVID and economic recovery are set to dominate debate.
The legislation designed to stop Palmer claiming huge damages against WA raises a host of questions.
With Justice Rangiah finding the border closures are safer in stopping the spread of COVID-19 than alternatives, Palmer will now take his challenge to the High Court on constitutional grounds.
By trying to circumvent the courts, the government is undermining both the rule of law and separation of powers. There is also collateral damage to the rule of law.
The blowback from closing borders will be considerable the Queensland premier, but will be a lot less politically dangerous than if she were seen to fail to do everything possible to protect Queenslanders’ health.
It would be extremely controversial for the High Court to invalidate border closures imposed by a state government if there’s a reasonable health justification for the measure.
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Queensland’s new human rights act has opened the door for a flood of climate change litigation.