Liberal Party Campaign Launch

According to the word count on my computer program, the Prime Minister’s speech at the Liberal Party’s campaign launch today contained four thousand four hundred and four words. The only words that referred directly to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people were the following: …. I want to be Prime Minister again so that we…

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Empty vessels and hollow men

Michael Gawenda’s article in this weekend’s Age & SMH is a dispiriting but accurate account by an internationally experienced journalist of just how hollow Australian political campaigning and the media ‘coverage’ of it has become. He writes of “the emptiness of this campaign, empty in the sense not of its importance, but of spontaneity and…

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Its not (just) the economy

With all the major parties focussing so heavily on economic matters once again, it can be easy to forget that there are other equally important things which also deserve major political attention. I tried campaigning on a few of these last week, albeit with not a great deal of success. Please like & share:

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Taxing denial

Most of the major party focus in the last week has been on interest rates and economic management. The battle for bragging rights about which party is supposedly the best economic manager is faintly ludicrous, given that both sides at various times have made a point of emphasising how similar their basic tax and economic…

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Watery campaigning

I visited Maryborough, Bundaberg and Gympie today, travelling around in a small twin engine plane and driving the last part from Gympie back to Brisbane, getting back home about 11pm. I spoke mainly about water issues (as well as about the specific importance of the Queensland Senate contest, which not surprisingly I do everywhere I…

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Senate preferences in Queensland

The mysterious ebbs and flows of Senate preference allocations – officially known as Group Voting Tickets – are now out in the open on the Electoral Commission website. These often lead to a lot of arguments and accusations between various parties, as well as endless scenarios, based on a myriad of permutations. Before I explore…

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Noosa & Direct Democracy

I campaigned on the Sunshine Coast today, including doing some media interviews in Noosa, at the northern end of the coast. A couple of the biggest issues in that area have been generated by the state Labor government – the expensive, destructive and unnecessary Traveston Dam, and the undemocratic forced amalgamation of Noosa Council with…

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What are the odds?

With Australia’s biggest day of gambling (and also New Zealand’s apparently) happening in a few days time on Melbourne Cup day, it is probably timely to revisit the issue of the current odds on election contests. Many election commentators now pay quite serious attention to the odds offered on betting sites on the overall result…

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The media is the message

Among the many balancing acts of the campaign period is how much time to spend out and about meeting and speaking with people, and how much to spend on the sometimes futile and frequently frustrating task of trying to get media. One good media story can reach a lot of people, whereas even a well…

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Weekend campaigning

Most of what the general public sees of the election is what the media chooses to show, but most of what candidates do – other than the party leaders who focus on the media photo opportunities – is simply try to get around and meet with people and reinforce their campaign messages at a direct,…

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Senate preference agreements

I announced a preference agreement today with the Green Party regarding the Queensland Senate contest. You can read some coverage of the announcement on the ABC website and the Courier-Mail site, including some kind comments about me from Pauline Hanson who says that I “have done nothing to represent the people of Queensland, (and) we…

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Week 2

I’ve been a bit too caught up in election activities to do blog posts this week. A sample of the public activities I participated in included: – Another forum on Higher Education issues, this time at Griffith University’s Nathan campus, in the electorate of Moreton. Once again, no Liberal Party representative showed up. A couple…

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Campaigning religiously

Sometimes things seem to come in waves. Last week seemed to have a religious theme. Following the Your Faith, Your Vote forum I attended, I went to an inter-faith dinner at the West End Uniting Church celebrate the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, with Muslim and Christian speakers reflecting on the nature and…

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Leaders Debate

I didn’t watch the leader’s ‘debate’, as I was on a plane flying to Cairns at the time. However, I doubt I would have watched it anyway. The Prime Minister is obviously happy to have a debate when he sets the rules and the nature of the audience, and only allows questions from political journalists. …

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Supporting Australians from Africa

Today I attended an event organised by the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland – a big gathering in support of our African communities in and around Brisbane. There would have been about 250 or 300 people there. It was a very informal event at Orleigh Park in West End, mainly to show welcome and solidarity,…

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