QLD. ELECTION 2017

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Today Qld goes to the polls to decide who will lead the great state for the first time, next 4 years .

 

It will be a tight race and many variables will come into play. Qld has reintroduced compulsory preferential voting for this election which at the time was widely tipped to help labor.  One Nation whom are rightly regarded as rabid right wing ratbags by many  never the less cannot be ignored. They have a strong following in rural and north Qld and could well be a thorn in the side to the major parties. Katters mob will also be in the mix.

It will be a closely run election but for what it’s worth I am tipping a labor win with a very small overall majority governing in their own right.

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Annastasia Palaszczuk  has repeatedly said she will not do any deals so a complete victory  it will have to  be for Labor.

The LNP. won’t win outright.

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Nicholls isn’t well liked because of his time as treasurer with Neumans government as well as  he is boring as batshit and like all libs. a arrogant tosser.

One nation will probably pick up 2 or 3 seats in north Qld. and out west and  the Katters will hang on to their 2 seats.

Should be a interesting day with a celebratory drink after a Labor victory tonight.

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Cheers.

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1,022 thoughts on “QLD. ELECTION 2017

  1. For Billie and anyone else interested in the fire up here –

    The thing is huge, 4364 hectares, said to be under control now, but conditions are very difficult. It’s burning in coastal scrub and bushland, partly in a national park, and access is limited. The RFS map tells me it has grown since yesterday.

    The smoke is still horrendous, even though i’m a long way from the fire. It’s been overcast all day, from the smoke. Today I found burnt black leaves on my lawn, I’ve never seen that before when there have been fires in that area.

    we have had some water tanker aircraft buzzing around today, a seaplane and the newly commissioned DC10 Very Large Air Tanker, ‘Nancy Bird’. Nancy saved some houses earlier.

    I know some people – not good friends, just acquaintances – who live in the area, and I know Billie has friends there too. I’m worried for them.

    The latest reports –
    http://www.portnews.com.au/story/5108085/fire-update-battle-continues-north-shore-residents-remain-alert/?cs=257

    https://www.google.org/publicalerts/alert?aid=abc8e45e7ff0753f&hl=en-US&gl=AU&source=maps-sp

    Just as well there’s a lot of land and river between me and that fire. My kitties are very worried and won’t go outside. The smoke has really put the wind up them.

  2. Well, I won’t deny that since this law has passed, I have felt a bit more comfortable about coming out to my close friends and family.

    So far I’ve come out to my parents 4 years ago, and I plan to talk to my sister about it on Saturday.

    And furthermore, I plan to get in touch with Ballarat’s LGBT community. I regret not doing so in the first place, just I haven’t really figured out where to look or been able to muster up the courage to go.

    But, at the very least, I think things will get better from now on. And for that, I’m happy.

    • Good luck with your sister. I can’t imagine what it’s like to have to hide your true self from your family.
      All the very best!

    • I suspect your parents would already have told her. I’m sure she will appreciate your “confiding” , may even be a bit ‘pissed’ that you did not feel able to tell her earlier 🙂 All the best.

    • Kirsdarke, wonderful to wake up and read this from you. Once you start socialising I guess we won’t see as much of you here, but knowing you will be out enjoying your youth will be some consolation. Oh and your sister has probably worked it out since you were both in your early teens.

    • I think some redneck cow cockie has tried yet again to burn out National Park and / or hippies for the 4th major fire in 20 years

    • Well my friends are in for a sleepless couple of days yet, Tuesday’s southerly winds will bring relief

  3. I texted my lesbian niece—she isn’t one for following news as it happens—and got a very glad reply! All good.

  4. the PM is pretending he & his party were main players in passing this historical motion.His happiness is strange.

    Let him enjoy his moment of triumph. They have been few and far between! All hell is likely to break out within the liberal Party next year. Barnarby might have to answer to a few questions he would prefer to dodge also and some of the Libs dual citizen members look very suss to me.

    Hope that Santa blesses you all with big packs of popcorn for the new year.

    Even though many families have at least one member in the gay, lesbian etc sector, as far as I can identify, there is no one fitting that criteria in either side of my extended family and the same goes for Mrs Scorpio’s mob.

    Is there something wrong with both our families? 😉

  5. scorpio6to2

    Obviously youse lot live in Bob Katter’s electorate. He said would walk “”backwards from Bourke” if there was a homosexual in his electorate and we nae see that yet.

  6. Blimey! Katharine Murphy’s been hitting the heavy strength cool aid with this bit!

    From the tail-end of the Howard government, through the Rudd and Gillard periods, Parkinson was prominent in bureaucratic efforts to implement an emissions trading scheme, setting up a climate change department, before returning to the Treasury.

    Abbott, who was part of the Howard government at the time the then prime minister supported emissions trading, later campaigned vociferously against the so-called carbon “tax”, which was not a tax but a carbon price with a fixed period.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/dec/07/tony-abbott-hits-back-at-accusations-he-damaged-public-service

    Can anyone see anything a bit strange in what KM wrote here compared to the lines she run a few years ago in JG’;s time?

  7. kaffeeklatscher, it may be that up here in god’s own country that nobody is game enough to out themselves or possibly a bit of inbreeding here and there might be to blame. 😉

  8. kaffeeklatscher,

    scorpio6to2

    Obviously youse lot live in Bob Katter’s electorate.

    Funny you mention that. My mum was born in that electorate & quite a number of her rellies were also & some still reside there.

    On my wife’s side, there are a few family members there also.

    Sadly, no gay or lesbian ones. That admit to it at any case. 😉

  9. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    John Hewson calls out the Nats for all the trouble their undisciplined actions have caused. He piles into their hypocrisy also.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/john-hewson-national-party-has-fallen-off-the-pace-20171206-h00byr.html
    Sean Nicholls says that NSW is rolling in money but the stadiums proposal but the problem with the policy is that it screams two things, profligacy and arrogance, each of which is poison for any government.
    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/gladys-berejiklian-risks-trashing-her-reputation-in-the-arena-of-public-opinion-20171206-h00bdk.html
    Michelle Grattan says that Shorten is facing a summer of uncertainty.
    https://theconversation.com/grattan-on-friday-bill-shorten-faces-a-summer-of-uncertainty-88811
    Katharine Murphy says that parliament voted yes and casts a permanent shadow over Abbott’s legacy.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/dec/07/parliament-votes-yes-and-casts-a-permanent-shadow-over-abbotts-legacy
    A victory lap from Alex Greenwich.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/dec/08/we-did-this-together-today-we-celebrate-a-resounding-victory-for-love
    Al Franken has resigned from the Senate and points to the obvious irony.
    http://www.smh.com.au/world/al-franken-resigns-amid-sexual-harassment-allegations-20171207-h01059.html
    “The usual culprits are at play. Zero tax on $2.9 billion in revenue from Rupert Murdoch’s News Australia Holdings, not a zack from Wall Street’s cuff-linked freebooters Goldman Sachs for the third year on the trot, same deal for brewing giant SAB Miller and a slew of other foreign multinationals”, says Michael West.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/ato-data-dump-naming-and-shaming-the-nations-biggest-tax-cheats/
    Felicity Caldwell writes that three out of the four politicians to vote “no” in the marriage equality bill were from Queensland.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/three-out-of-the-four-mps-to-vote-no-to-marriage-equality-were-queenslanders-20171207-p4yxil.html
    Waleed Aly takes a potshot at Labor’s gloating over citizenship.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/labor-is-gagging-on-its-own-gloating-reflex-20171207-h00da1.html
    David Crowe writes that the government has been slapped with a rebuke from Andrew Robb over the targeting of ‘covert’ agents who work for foreign ¬powers. Google.
    /national-affairs/foreign-affairs/andrew-robb-lashes-turnbulls-team-over-china/news-story/b969f938f02b21165c6a22dcce6307a6

  10. Section 2 . . .

    The SMH editorial examines the motives behind Trump’s decision to move the US embassy into Jerusalem.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/smh-editorial/donald-trump-moves-into-jerusalem-20171207-h00nay.html
    Mark Kenny refers to the under-estimated influence that Shorten had on the eventual passage of marriage equality into our laws.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/samesex-different-country-axe-falls-on-a-pointless-discrimination-20171207-h00gc0.html
    Michael Koziol revisits some of the memorable words uttered during the long SSM fight.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/samesex-marriage-bill-parliaments-lgbti-politicians-in-their-own-words-20171207-h00kp2.html
    A nice article from Tony Wright on the moment SSM became legal.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/when-samesex-marriage-finally-passed-parliament-gravity-no-longer-had-meaning-20171207-h00lm7.html
    With seven days until the royal commission into institutional responses into child sexual abuse delivers its final report and recommendations to the governor general, survivors and their advocates have called on the government to reveal if and when the report will be made public.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/dec/08/sexual-abuse-survivors-demand-access-to-royal-commission-report
    Nationals MPs are pushing for Malcolm Turnbull to expand his cabinet to 22 people after Nationals backbencher Bridget McKenzie was promoted to the junior Coalition party’s deputy leadership on Thursday.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/turnbull-could-expand-cabinet-to-accommodate-bridget-mckenzie-as-dutton-portfolio-ready-to-go-20171207-h00fg5.html
    Richo says that this week Malcolm Turnbull showed more partisanship than Bronwyn Bishop’s worst days as Speaker. In his desperation to gain a lift in the polls, our Prime Minister continues to undermine parliamentary standards. Google.
    /opinion/columnists/graham-richardson/turnbulls-taken-a-hammer-to-the-cornerstone-of-democracy/news-story/22a1966c4273b1dd422700582417808a
    Hamas is urging Palestinians to abandon peace efforts and launch an uprising against Israel in response to Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as its capital.
    http://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/2017/12/08/palestinian-protests-jerusalem/
    Yet another mass shooting in a US school.
    http://www.smh.com.au/world/people-reported-dead-amid-gunfire-at-new-mexico-high-school-20171207-h010a6.html
    George Brandis has upped the ante and referred Dastyari to the Privileges Committee.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/brandis-asks-for-dastyari-referral-to-powerful-privileges-committee-over-china-donor-meeting-20171207-h00tom.html

  11. Section 3 . . .

    Classified and sensitive information is designed to be secret, so when it is made public it is always for a political purpose, writes Monash University’s Melanie Brand.
    https://independentaustralia.net/article-display/in-whose-interests-sam-dastyari-and-the-shadowy-politics-of-public-intelligence,11006
    Fairfax Media understands the mid-year update, one of the key events on the government’s economic calendar, is likely to be released on December 18 and lay out a path back to surplus while also allowing the Coalition to toy with income tax cuts next year.
    http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/turnbull-government-to-release-myefo-budget-update-a-week-before-christmas-20171207-h00gi3.html
    The whole world will be watching as Rod Sims takes on the tech giants.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/the-whole-world-is-watching-20171205-p4yxgc.html
    A High Court decision placing on onus on unions to abide by all orders from the industrial umpire if they want to use strikes as a bargaining tool has sparked fresh debate about laws governing industrial action.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace-relations/right-to-strike-becomes-even-harder-20171207-p4yxi7.html
    A far-right activist who staged a mock beheading in protest at plans to build a mosque has had a court order taken out against him by his former employer who accuse him of trying to damage their brand. Cop that!
    http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/damaging-its-brand-freight-company-gets-court-order-against-farright-activist-20171207-h00yu3.html
    Westpac is readying itself to explain its royal commission backflip to the AGM today.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/westpac-to-20171207-p4yxia.html
    Senators have released a damning report on banks’ treatment of rural businesses, alleging their uncompromising approach to lending is driving some farmers to consider suicide.
    http://thenewdaily.com.au/money/small-business/2017/12/07/banks-farmers-select-committee/
    The royal commission into the banking and financial services sector will be expanded to include mortgage brokers and pay-day lenders as part of the largest investigation into the financial system in Australian history. Good!
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/payday-lenders-mortgage-brokers-also-in-banking-royal-commissions-sights-20171207-h00oyf.html
    Meanwhile Alzheimer’s “sufferer” Archbishop Philip Wilson had another day in court yesterday. Google,.
    news/national/archbishop-philip-wilson-trial-sex-abuse-victim-asks-for-secrecy-order-to-be-revoked/news-story/37da53c52628968d87b86e3378306fe3
    Has the first step been taken towards replacing the Holden name with Chevrolet in Australia? They’ve gotta be joking! Maybe “Shitbox” would be better.
    http://thenewdaily.com.au/life/auto/2017/12/08/holden-chevrolet/

  12. Section 4 . . .

    The tax commissioner has issued a passionate call to arms to Australians to stop paying tradespeople in cash. Google.
    /national-affairs/treasury/paying-tradies-cash-rips-billions-from-economy-says-ato-boss/news-story/ae845def0bf7cf91e6b6f388b72e808d
    The Turnbull government has appointed a man perceived as a longtime anti-charity campaigner as the head of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/dec/07/charities-criticise-bizarre-appointment-of-anti-charities-campaigner-as-head-of-regulator
    Public Service Commission boss John Lloyd has defended a controversial social media guidance for APS employees, acknowledging the document could be used during disciplinary proceedings despite not being a formal employment policy.
    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/public-service/controversial-aps-social-media-rules-relevant-in-disciplinary-action-john-lloyd-20171207-h00se1.html
    Qantas pilots are up in arms over the airline’s plans to fly Australian aircraft with lower-paid pilots employed by a subsidiary in New Zealand.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/aviation/qantas-pilots-fume-over-move-to-fly-australian-planes-with-kiwi-crew-20171206-p4yxh6.html
    People die without getting adequate psychiatric help, and it turns out even killing someone else isn’t enough to qualify for care. The system is failing says this Victorian GP.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/dec/07/those-who-need-it-most-dont-get-psychiatric-care-its-a-mental-health-crisis
    Bitcoin is in decline. Not its price, which has increased 900 per cent this year and (at the time of writing) stands at over US$12,000 per unit, but its actual use as a currency. And this makes its rapid appreciation all the more puzzling.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/keep-your-savings-out-of-bitcoin-if-you-know-whats-good-for-you-20171207-h00i02.html
    The Australian presenting junk science is nothing new, but why is the ABC repeating its false claim that koalas are not at risk without allowing acknowledged experts the right of reply?
    https://independentaustralia.net/environment/environment-display/australias-mainstream-media-biased-against-koalas,11008

  13. Section 5 . . . Cartoon Corner

    Cathy Wilcox on Trump’s middle east policy.

    John Shakespeare gives Gladys a kick.

    Andrew Dyson on Labor’s own citizenship problems.

    Simon Letch and parliamentary hypocrisy.

    Mark David on the celebrations in parliament house yesterday.

    Nice work from David Pope here.

    Go over here to see David Pope’s previous cartoons on SSM.

    Peter Broleman and the leaving behind of old thinking.

    Paul Zanetti on Labor’s citizenship process.

    Another prolific effort from Matt Golding!






    Sean Leahy and the laughable Tim Nicholls.

    David Rowe and a wedding ceremony.

    Jon Kudelka with a Christmas reminder for Abbott.
    http://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/2f4082b57c4995c93358dd2e4230e8e0

    • I can’t work out why the Libs want to drag Howard of all people into the Bennelong campaign. Surely they remember the electorate rejected Howard.

  14. Kirsdarke, wonderful to wake up and read this from you. Once you start socialising I guess we won’t see as much of you here, but knowing you will be out enjoying your youth will be some consolation. Oh and your sister has probably worked it out since you were both in your early teens.

  15. Fairfax is happy to run articles about Bill Shorten’s alleged problems while totally ignoring the citizenship issues around several government politicians,but only the Fairfax regional papers are mentioning Barnaby Joyce’s admission yesterday that he is separated from his wife. The other major outlets have been very quiet about this too. Obviously the Barnaby Joyce Protection Racket is still running.

    Jamieson Murphy is a Fairfax journalist, his work is all over regional Fairfax publications, and that includes this article –
    Barnaby Joyce confirms he’s separated from wife as same-sex marriage goes to vote
    http://www.northerndailyleader.com.au/story/5107730/barnaby-joyce-admits-to-marriage-split-for-the-first-time-in-public/?cs=159

    It seems Fairfax readers in the capital cities are not supposed to know about this.

    I’ve been wondering just how much more there is to this story. Given Barnaby’s extremely unattractive appearance and loutish personality I just cannot understand how any sane woman would want to have a cup of coffee with him, let alone indulge in an affair that has allegedly resulted in an alleged pregnancy. Was his woman subjected to some sort of Weinstein-type pressure? Was it a case of ‘do what Barnaby wants or you lose your job’? Sorry, but I really can’t help wondering, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. This story should be getting a lot more attention than our biased media is prepared to allow.

  16. Yes Leonetwo
    I have a creepy skin crawly type of feeling that Barnaby outing himself as separated is a just a bit of domestic violence. What better way to injure your ex partner than outing it when everyone in the nation is watching. I bet she just wanted to crawl under the nearest rock and die of shame.

    Maybe it’s just me but having been on the receiving end of similar techniques I am quite sensitive to it.

    • All that “leave MP’s private lives private” during the by election and then the Feral Tomato brings it up in the bloody Australian parliament.

    • The media did not allow Julia Gillard to keep her private life private. Even a relationship twenty years in the past was dragged up, dissected in the media and used as fodder for accusations in a Royal Commission. The death of her father was used as a sledging opportunity in parliament by Abbott.

      The media never seem to mention Julie Bishop’s private life, especially her fondness for wealthy men who can advance her career,, except as part of ‘look at how wonderful Julie looks with her boyfriend’ garbage.

      Politically powerful Liberal women are allowed to be single, childless by choice and can cohabit with an assortment of rich men without a hint of criticism while politically powerful Labor women most definitely are not permitted any of that. Instead they are mocked and insulted with comments like ‘deliberately barren’.

      Their ABC used their taxpayer funding to produce ‘At Home With Julia’ which was played and then given a rerun during the time Julia was PM. We have never been given ‘At Home With Tony/Malcolm’ though, and in the extremely unlikely event Julie Bishop becomes PM we will never see ‘At Home With Julie’ either.

    • I’ll never forgive the ABC for using taxpayer funds for that poor excuse for comedy – how dare they?

    • This struck me as a very accurate description of the current PM and the way the media like to present him –

      The observers on the beach thought that he was swimming calmly and steadily away from the shore. But what they saw was a man who could not find a foothold in the unexpectedly deep water and was being swept out by a rip

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