2010 federal election workshop

After every federal election since 1996, a group of political scientists have gathered at the Australian National University in Canberra to examine a whole range of factors from the election just gone. I’ve spoken at each of these since the 1998 election, speaking about the campaign from the Democrats perspective – apart from the one […]

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The full Senate results

The Senate contest in Queensland was formally declared today, and the results in other states and territories will be officially declared over the next week or so.  The understandable focus on who would end up forming government has mean there has been very little attention given to the results in the various Senate contests at […]

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Radio chat on the election

Every Monday morning during my radio show on community radio 4ZzZ FM, I chat with Peter Black, a constitutional lawyer, follower of social and political issues and obsessive user of social media. I don’t normally put links to those chats on this blog, but given that our talk this morning was all about the federal […]

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Assessing the election – part 1

It was a fascinating election result, and also a historic one on a number of fronts. The Greens historic achievement in winning a House of Representatives seat at a general election, combined with the probability of a hung parliament, presents a real possibility that we may finally be faced with a real chance to start […]

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Brisbane climate change forum

climate change

Last Tuesday night, I was part of an election forum on climate change with the other two main candidates for the seat of Brisbane.  It was quite well attended, and included media representatives from the Courier-Mail, Brisbane Times and ABC Online. It also used a question format where people wrote down their questions and then […]

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6 years of blogging

It’s been such a long time since I started this blog, and both I and the blog have been through so many transitions I’d forgotten what time of year it was that I started it. So it was a complete coincidence that I thought I might look to see when the first entry was, and […]

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Rail to Redcliffe on again?

railway

It is over five years since I wrote a post on this blog about the many promises that have been made over the years to build a rail link from Brisbane to Redcliffe. In the five years since, plans to build to build the railway have been put on and then off the table once […]

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Into the second week of campaigning

I’ve had a piece published at Online Opinion where I give some of my impressions of the first week of the campaign. Obviously, this is the first federal election I’ve contested with the Greens, but it is the eighth I’ve been involved with as either a campaign organiser or a candidate – always of course […]

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A weekend of campaigning

It’s a fair while since it was announced that I was contesting the House of Reps seat of Brisbane for the Greens at the upcoming federal election.  Since then, I’ve spent a fair bit of time preparing the foundations for that campaign, as well as working within the party on our overall campaign in Queensland. […]

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First candidate forum for Brisbane

The contest for the House of Reps seat of Brisbane at this year’s federal election will almost certainly be the only one which features 3 competing candidates each with over 10 years of experience in the federal Parliament. Those 3 candidates are: – Arch Bevis, who has held the seat on behalf of the Labor […]

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