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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.
The release of political donations data reveals the impact of wealthy individuals in the 2019 federal election campaign, as well as the importance of a sizeable war chest to claim power.
Clive Palmer didn’t win any seats for his party in the election, but he says his massive advertising spend was “worth it” to prevent Bill Shorten from becoming prime minister.
Australia needs to rein in the ever-increasing role of private money in federal elections with caps on political advertising and donations.
Australia’s populist parties are polling much lower than their counterparts in Europe.
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Australian populism is more of a long-term grumble about the state of the world than a sharp reaction to the threat of cultural loss.
The leaders debate returned Western Australia to the political spotlight this week.
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Pre-poll votes within the first 24 hours were almost double the number at the same stage in 2016. That could hurt some minor parties who traditionally spend big in the last few weeks of a campaign.
While Clive Palmer is often lumped in with other right-wingers, in fact he espouses a range of populist ideas and is quite progressive on some issues.
He's spending big and may well win a spot in the Senate. But the big question is what the billionaire businessman intends to do if he returns to the Australian parliament.
Political advertising has moved away from traditional media and is now more prevalent on platforms like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram.
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The major parties are focusing on social media like never before to get their messaging out – and finding more creative ways to do it.
Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party, Pauline Hanson’s One Nation, and Fraser Anning’s new Conservative National Party will compete for the conservative vote.
Voter dissatisfaction with the major parties means minor party preferences are likely to play a critical role in many seats, making the election outcome hard to predict.
Three weeks before the election, the UAP has been included in the party readout for the first time.
The latest Newspoll shows a further tightening on two-party preferred, but was making some strange assumptions about the slow of preferences.
Leader of the United Australia Party Clive Palmer address the media during a press conference in Townsville, April 18.
Apart from the debate about debates, Friday’s campaign argy bargy centred on the Liberals’ preference deal with Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party, due to be announced by Palmer on Monday.
Week two of the federal election campaign has just flown by.
Deep Saini speaks with Michelle Grattan about the week in politics.
The Coalition is expected to announce a preference deal with Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party on Monday.
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Clive Palmer was in the news this week after the Newspoll that showed that his United Australia Party could change the result in marginal seats in several states.
Australia Institute research found a rise in support for Palmer’s UAP.
Last June Morrison on Palmer's renewed political push Australians would say “the circus doesn’t need another sideshow.” Well, the sideshow's here and the Liberals are grabbing a prize from the wheel.