Posts Tagged ‘ queensland ’

Anti-ALP swing to reshape landscape

Sep 24th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

Labor’s hegemony was an aberration matched only once in Australian history by a similarly brief period of conservative rule in 1969 and 1970. Projecting recent trends forward would see the defeat of the Bligh Government in Queensland next year, the Rann Government in early 2010 and the Rees Government in NSW in early 2011.



Voters turn against Labor states, says Newspoll

Sep 24th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia, Lead Stories

Labor’s longest-serving premier, Mike Rann, is in deep trouble in South Australia, where the ALP’s primary vote has been overtaken by the state Liberals, leaving tied after preferences. Labor’s primary vote in Queensland dropped five percentage points to 38 per cent, against 41 per cent for the newly merged Liberal National Party.



Everyone wants to be top dog

Sep 21st, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

Malcolm Turnbull has always known what he wants, and why. He eased into the leader’s chair on Tuesday with an authority that immediately put the Government on notice that things were now going to be very, very different for it. On Turnbull’s team things will be very, very different, too. And not just because he’s leader.



Fight for naming rights

Sep 21st, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

A dull, drone-like dependability masks the political and policy fire and brimstone within Kevin Rudd. He wanted to make the voter transition from the dull but reliable John Howard to himself seamless. Now, 10 months later, we are stuck with - you guessed it - dull but mostly reliable.



Kevin Rudd’s $100m clean coal plan

Sep 19th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia, Lead Stories

The Prime Minister will unveil a strategy to put Australia at the forefront of the technology, which captures emissions from coal-fired power plants and permanently stores them deep underground. The critical importance of carbon capture and storage to Australia’s climate change response has become increasingly evident.



Leader Barnaby Joyce still a maverick

Sep 18th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia

Senator Joyce, who has crossed the floor to vote against the Coalition more than 20 times since he entered the Senate in 2005, said his new position as the Nationals’ Senate leader would not alter his ways. “I am who I am by the grace of God, and I’m not going to change,” he said.



‘The Strip’ star lays it bare

Sep 15th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Television

It’s impossible to talk about The Strip without mentioning, well, ‘the strip’. The Gold Coast setting has such a strong presence in Nine’s new crime drama that it should almost get a character credit.



Quentin Bryce sworn in as first female Governor-General

Sep 5th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia

The Longreach-born lawyer took the oaths of allegiance and office at Canberra’s Parliament House in the presence of the Prime Minister and chief Justice Robert French. “Australians, you have entrusted a great deal to me. I will honour your trust wholeheartedly,” she told dignitaries, friends and family in the crowded Senate chamber.



Unions back Rudd into a corner

Sep 4th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

Successive Labor governments have ignored the union movement’s power inside the party. The example of Simon Crean is no great encouragement to further action. But it is a problem that is not going to go away. Party members in New South Wales are emboldened by the victory they have achieved over the Iemma Government.



Liberal National Party gives Bligh cause for worry

Sep 1st, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

Knowing that Lawrence Springborg’s attempts to merge the warring state Liberal and Nationals had failed twice before, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh claimed that a merger would be a test of Springborg’s leadership. The problem for Bligh is that Springborg has pulled off what many had thought was politically impossible.