Day 3

Debates about debates, parties criticising other parties for criticising them for being critical and advertising commenting on the other party’s advertising, all topped off with juvenile taunts demanding other parties produce policies on a specific issue on demand – if that’s the core aspects of the ‘vision’ we’re being offered by the major parties for…

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Day 2

I started the day with a long interview on 98.9 FM in Brisbane, broadcast through the National Indigenous Radio Service. Not surprisingly, it focused on the election campaign – starting with the vital fact that the electoral roll closes today (Wednesday), so if you’re not on the roll do it NOW! If you’re already on…

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Some campaign media and events

I will refrain from regularly doing my own commentary on the media commentary. I have no doubt that, however much coverage I manage to get, I would always like more, and however much coverage there is of the Senate contest, I will believe there should be more. Having said that, I did manage to get…

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Coalition tax policy

It seems a long time ago now, but in the months leading up to the 2006 Budget, there was a whole lot of people, including many members of the Coalition, engaging in debate about possible tax reforms. I did a series of blog posts on it at the time. When Budget time came, the Treasurer…

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One Day Down – Forty to go

Despite having waited so long for the election to be called, and feeling like I had most things all prepared and ready to roll weeks ago, the first day of the real campaign still felt like suddenly there were a million loose ends that all needed to be tied up immediately. Having said that, I…

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The final countdown

It’s a relief to have the election finally announced.  As always, it will be difficult to get much attention given to any of the many candidates and parties, other than the two leaders of the two major parties. However, that’s part of the task of those of us who are independents or from smaller parties….

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Betting on the Senate

A couple of months ago I wrote a piece about the betting markets for the upcoming federal election, and noted that in amongst all the different contests people could bet on, there didn’t seem to be anyone taking bets on the outcomes of any of the Senate contests. So I was interested to see in today’s Crikey…

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The billion dollar swindle

I have written a few times in the past about the current government’s unprecedented willingness to misuse taxpayer’s money on advertising to promote themselves.  The scale of spending currently being undertaken by the Liberal government is so huge and unjustifiable that it is hard to call it anything less than corrupt. It’s hard to disagree…

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Climate Change forum

Last night I spoke at a pre-election forum on climate change organised by the Brisbane North climate change and water action group, held at the Chermside Library. There are a few of these community based campaigning groups springing up on the issue of climate change which is a welcome sight, as they provide a real…

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Bring on the election – and fixed terms

The Senate finished up at just before 11pm last night, with Human Services Minister Senator Chris Ellison making the closing comment – “good night and good luck” (which wasn’t recorded in the Hansard for some reason. They often seem to leave out these humanising asides). The airport lounge this morning was filled with politicians flying…

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More Senate polls

Morgan released some more Senate specific polls late last week. The summary of their results is below. You can read the full details on the Roy Morgan website – although I have to say found some of the assessments by Morgan of the likely outcomes based on the poll results rather hard to understand (not…

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Latest Queensland Senate poll

Morgan released another Senate poll today, just for Queensland, which naturally I took a bit of interest in. The full details are here, but in short it has ALP on 40.5%, Lib/Nat on 36.5%, Greens 6%, Democrats (that’s me) 5.5%, Pauline Hanson on 5% and Family First on 2.5%. One Nation is on 1% and…

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That election pending feeling

One of the questions I get asked more often than any is “when is the election going to be?” – a question which gets more frequent in an election year. On one level, it’s the ultimate pointless question, as nobody knows. It’s not like the Prime Minister, who gets to decide the date, has the…

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Launching my campaign

I officially launched my Senate campaign today in Brisbane. Over 300 people came along to the Gardens Theatre in QUT to share it with me. It is most likely that the federal election will not be called for another 3 months or so, but it can be called anytime from now. I launched my campaign…

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Queensland Senate contest

There continues to be a lot of media commentary on whether or not there will be a joint Senate ticket between the Liberal and National parties in Queensland at this year’s election. The Australian reported that “Mr Howard wants the conservatives to continue negotiating a joint Senate ticket in Queensland but has made it clear…

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