Pt 1 of Qld election blog for 2017 – Election chatter #qldvotes #qldpol @Qldaah

Ongoing coverage of the Queensland election campaign for 2017.

Pt 1 of Qld election blog for 2017 – Election chatter

Table of contents
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Antony Green’s Queensland election 2017 guide
October 29, 2017 – Election chatter.
October 30, 2017 – Learning from mistakes.
October 31, 2017 – Back To Work.
November 1, 2017 – Stopping Adani.
November 2, 2017 – Lauren Order.

(November 2, 2017) Day 5 – Lauren Order

Queensland Government budget surplus confirmed at $2.8b

LNP MP for Mansfield Ian Walker turns up to check on police

Concern for government drivers

Annastacia’s skilling blitz

Youth curfew wont reduce crime

  • Laura Polson reports, “Enforcing a curfew on Townsville’s young people could scatter them elsewhere rather than reduce the regional city’s juvenile crime problem, a researcher says. A report published in September on the impact of Australia’s first youth curfew in the night-time precinct of Northbridge in Perth found it did not reduce crime.”: Crime researcher pours cold water on LNP youth curfew plan.

Greens flat $1 transport fare to cost $216m

Tim’s conspiracy on flights debunked

Get to the chopper

Ipswich troubles

Kids curfew

Tim Nicholls has announced a policy whereby children would need to be home by 10pm. This policy gained some momentum in 2013 under the Newman Government but ultimately disappeared off the radar. October 8, 2013 – Anti-crime group keen for youth curfew commitment.

One Nation rape trial

Adani finances


Media Watch



(November 1, 2017) Day 4 – Stopping Adani

Land clearing laws repeal

Hetty Johnston running for Macalister

Report into a new coal-fired power station

  • Brisbane Times reports, “A 750 megawatt coal-fired power plant in north Queensland would be viable, but only if wholesale electricity prices remained as high they are today and a carbon price is never introduced over the next 40 years.”: North Queensland coal plant: What the report really says about prices.

Cross-river rail fears

Two tracks for the Sunshine Coast

Robert Dow has corrected me on my Tweet regarding the Sunshine Coast dual tracks promises.

Media watch

Stopping Adani

Greens candidate for South Brisbane Amy MacMahon has updated NoFibs on the legislative plan to stop Adani. Read more here, How the Queensland Greens will stop Adani.


(October 31, 2017) Day 3 – Back To Work

Nightly news


Independent for Cook Billy Gordon bows out

Michael Berkman in Maiwar

NoFibs has posted a blog asking the Queensland Greens for a response on the specific legislative and/or constitutional steps they will take in parliament to stop Adani should they win the balance of power on November 25th, How the Queensland Greens will stop Adani.

Annastacia extends Back To Work program

In 2012, the Skilling Queenslanders for Work program was axed by the Newman Government.  Premier Palaszczuk has restored it, renaming to ‘Back To Work’ and now announcing she’ll extend it into 2021.

Tim in Mount Ommaney

Nazi Party advocate Kurt Tucker made UQ LNP club life member

Alice Workman reports that Kurt Tucker has been made a life member of the University of Queensland LNP club. Mr Tucker created headlines in March this year by posting that he sympathised with the Nazi Party. Kim Stephens covered the story on March 30, 2017, ‘I would be a Nazi Party member’: University of Queensland LNP Club president writes, before being booted.

Queensland Council of Unions launch campaign

The Tim bus

Walking in Townsville

Going for a walk is a pretty popular event for political leaders during election campaign. Former Queensland Premier Newman chose to run, he was that sort of guy. It’s good for photo opportunities and it doesn’t cost the campaign too much in finances. There’s always the risk of running into an Adani protester though.



(October 30, 2017) Day 2 – Learning from mistakes

Nightly news

LNP MP for Southport Rob Molhoek caught

One Nation demands

Poor little rich guys

  • Mark Solomons reports, “Queensland’s Liberal National Party has amassed a campaign war chest almost twice the size of Labor’s and is raising money at double the rate of its rival, according to Electoral Commission of Queensland data. As the parties gear up for the November 25 election, an analysis of ECQ real-time disclosures by Fairfax Media shows the LNP has received gifts totalling $7.1 million since January 2016, compared with the ALP’s $3.3 million in the same period.”: LNP in front on funding as parties’ election war chests are revealed.

Karl Stefanovic accuses Annastacia of lying to him

Annastacia in Townsville

Labor’s new Pumicestone candidate

Labor’s incumbent for Pumicestone Rick Williams has had a troubled term. There are 37 complaints against him regarding verbal altercations. The latest was with a local journalist who said she feared for her life. The incident prompted Premier Palaszczuk to disendorse him as the candidate for the seat. Williams said he would resign from the Labor Party and run as an independent. He claims to have a recording of the incident.

Williams said he would not support Tim Nicholls for premier but the situation would have reduced Palaszczuk’s numbers on the floor of parliament to 41, matching the LNP’s 41. Williams would have moved to the cross-bench with two other independents (former Labor members), the two Katter’s Australia Party MPs and a One Nation MP (former LNP member). Speaker Peter Wellington did have a casting vote giving Labor the edge at 42 votes but chasing up the crossbench for support on legislation would have been difficult. Premier Palaszczuk decided to call the election instead.

Reader poll in Townsville

Tim in Lockyer

Fears for safety

Tim’s payroll tax plan

Annastacia in Proserpine

Changes to the electorate

Media Watch



(October 29, 2017) Day 1 – Election chatter

Nightly news

The Great Barrier Reef

Update your details, enrol to vote

Details on enrolling to vote or updating your details can be found at the ECQ 2017 State General Election website.

How would the NAIF loan be vetoed and Adani stopped?

An issue swirling in the Queensland election maelstrom is the notion that the Queensland Government can veto the Federal Government’s Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) loan to Adani to build a railway to the Carmichael coal mine. The Greens have latched onto this as a key election issue. The states have a constitutional order to administer loans from the federal government. However, by what specific mechanism could the loan be stopped?


Tim Nicholls rules out asset sales, forced redundancies

Tim Nicholls has ruled out asset sales. However at the last election, the LNP also ruled that out. The 2015 election asked Queenslanders to decide on ‘asset leasing’.

Tim Nicholls has avoided the question over voluntary redundancies in the Queensland public service.

In February 2012 ahead of the March Queensland election, Campbell Newman promised there would be no forced redundancies in the Queensland public service.

Media watch

Tarnya Smith

Antony Green’s first take on the election call

Writ issued

The Newman factor

Tim Nicholls responds to election date

Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls faces a challenge for the seat of Clayfield from Labor’s Philip Anthony.

Greens aiming for balance of power

Federal MP Adam Bandt questioned the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull last week over Adani and indicated that the Greens are looking to hold the balance of power with three crossbench seats in South-East Queensland.

One Nation aiming for balance of power

Premier confirms election date of November 25, 2017

Acting Governor Honourable Chief Justice Catherine Holmes

With His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey traveling to Singapore & Israel, the Acting Governor is the Honourable Chief Justice Catherine Holmes.

His Excellency was also absent in 2015 when former Queensland Premier Campbell Newman called a snap election in January, 2015.

To the gates


Media alert

Happy Grandparent’s Day!

One Nation not on same page

Pauline Hanson has taken to Twitter to complain about the election call while she is out of the country. However Malcolm Roberts, who is running for the seat of Ipswich, yesterday demanded Annastacia Palaszczuk call the election.


The Courier Mail has “confirmed” the election date.

-More to come


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