261 thoughts on “Australia Votes 2019: Part 3 – Queensland

  1. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Katharine Murphy says that the Coalition is normalising the far right with its pursuit of One Nation and Palmer.
    Jacqui Maley has racked down the wealthy Stegall backers who are going all out to see off Abbott.
    Patrick Begley tells us about a nasty little white extremist group that has the authorities talking in riddles.
    Michael Pascoe writes, “Whoever wins government on May 18, there is one certainty: It will be a decidedly more conservative, more neo-liberal and less liberal Liberal Party than the one elected in 2016. And whether that party occupies the Treasury benches or not, it poses a problem for the good governance of Australia.”
    Google this string to see Niki Savva’s take on the campaign so far. It’s quite good
    David Crowe writes that Bill Shorten is facing an explosive political row over his climate change policy as industry warns of rising costs and a new economic study predicts 167,000 fewer jobs by 2030 under the Labor plan. Morrison and the MSM will be all over it.
    Paula Matthewson explains why Morrison should not have done a deal with Clive Palmer.
    Jess Irvine explores why Australia swings between to flawed parties.
    In a very sensible move Labor has flagged greater scrutiny of the government’s $1.2 billion “choice and affordability fund” for Catholic and independent schools, raising concerns about how the money will be distributed to the sectors.
    David Wroe outlines Penny Wong’s foreign affairs policy speech in which she said a female foreign minister of Asian heritage would boost Australia’s reputation and race-baiting by politicians is harming Australia’s image abroad.
    It looks like a dinosaur got under a dinosaur’s skin on the campaign trail yesterday. Craig Kelly is all class.
    Dana McCauley tells us that yesterday the Coalition promised cheaper medicines for 1.4 million Australians – including cancer patients – ramping up the battle over health policy as Labor unveiled a $116 million plan to tackle obesity and other preventative conditions.
    Michael West tells us that Tony Abbott has come under pressure from Warringah independent, Zali Steggall, over the Government’s decision to approve the sale of the new Northern Beaches Hospital, and 42 other Australian hospitals, to an obscure company in the Cayman Islands.
    Michelle Grattan writes that whether or not it’s some sort of record, the Liberals’ loss of two Victorian candidates in a single day is way beyond what Oscar Wilde would have dubbed carelessness.
    Clive Palmer’s United Australia party has taken extraordinary steps to avoid a repeat of the “Jacqui Lambie problem” by getting candidates to sign contracts that require them to return $400,000 in election support if they win a seat but subsequently leave the party.
    Perhaps we can learn a thing or two from the communists about childcare writes Kristine Ziwica.
    Elizabeth Knight says that after the rather lacklustre annual report from ANZ the mysterious share price response conveyed the impression that investors took the view the worst was over for banks.
    Noel Towell writes that as the body count of candidates mounts, the culture wars that have riven the Victorian Liberal Party in recent years cannot be ignored.
    There have been calls for a Royal Commission into the health industry since a lack of integrity is evident in the field, writes Dr Leong Ng and Dr Anthony Pun, OAM.
    “There’s a flood of dismal economic news on the horizon”. Warns Stephen Koukoulas. He says the Liberal Party is campaigning in the election on a “strong economy” and being “good economic managers”, bold claims that fly in the face of the latest score card for the economy.
    Shane Wright reports that house sales have collapsed to their lowest level since Paul Keating was prime minister, dragging down property values across the country and putting the Reserve Bank under pressure to deliver an interest rate cut next week.
    Steve Dickson’s comments reveal an ugly truth about our attitude towards migrant sex workers and the vitriol exposed in the footage represents more than the views of one drunken cowboy on holiday with the NRA.
    The local boss of Aldi says the arrival of its German arch-rival in Australia is a win for consumers, writes Patrick Hatch.
    Andrew Hughes explains how digital advertising is shaping this election campaign.
    Another day at the Leyonhjelm/Hanson-Young trial.
    A Bloomberg analyst says that it’s foreign investors and retirees who finally took the heat out of Australia’s property boom.
    Populists across the world are significantly more likely to believe in conspiracy theories about vaccinations, global warming and the 9/11 terrorist attacks, according to a landmark global survey shared exclusively with the Guardian. Hardly surprising!
    A good article from Peter FitzSimons on the Israel Falau issue.
    Julian Assange’s lawyer says the WikiLeaks founder faces significant medical issues and possible extradition to the United States as he begins a “harsh”, 50-week jail sentence for breaching bail in the United Kingdom.
    The Washington post says that Robert Mueller wrote a letter in late March complaining to US Attorney-General William Barr that his four-page memo to Congress “did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance” of his probe into President Donald Trump.

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe and the electoral apocalypse.

    Great work from David Pope.

    And Cathy Wilcox.

    An absolute cracker from Peter Broelman!

    From Matt Golding.

    Mark David poetically contrasts the two campaigns.

    Zanetti gets back to normal.

    Sean Leahy gets to the reason for all the early voting.

    Alan Moir and an awful looking Porline.

    Some good advice from Jon Kudelka to aspiring candidates.

    From the US

  2. For BK’s ‘From America’ section. Very relevant here as well as there………………….

  3. An excellent rant in a thread from Greg Jericho.

    Journalists get a serve for their irrational fixation on costs.

  4. Another Liberal dinosaur –

    Women lack the ‘business skills’ to get a pay rise: Liberal candidate

    The Liberal candidate for a once-safe Coalition seat says women are not getting pay rises because they are not interested in “money matters and other business-related ‘stuff'”.

    Sachin Joshi, the candidate for the NSW seat of Paterson, said men were more likely to actively seek business skills and responsibilities and boost their pay packets


    Just as well Paterson will stay Labor in this election,

  5. New video – live just minutes ago.

    From Burnie, announcing Labor’s plans for a renewable energy jobs boom!

    The sound is badly out of sync with the video, it was out of sync in the live feed too.

  6. Non Reality TV .What a surprise.

    Inside the Perth leaders debate: Participant claims audience questions manufactured

    In an interview with WAtoday Mr Ashworth said he was adamant the organisers of the debate asked whether anyone was planning to question Mr Shorten over franking credits and then handed out such a question when no one said they were.

    “No one put their hand up because obviously no one had put that as their question,” he said.

  7. Scott Morrison went against Treasury advice not to canvass government assistance to an electricity company part-owned by the coal investor and Liberal party donor Trevor St Baker, documents show.

    Morrison announced in March that an upgrade of the Vales Point coal plant, owned by St Baker’s Delta Electricity, was one of 12 projects the government was considering underwriting with taxpayers’ funds.

    Documents released under freedom of information show St Baker has lobbied the government for support since 2017, when Treasury officials advised Morrison, then the treasurer, against agreeing to his requests.


  8. Tensions Between US and Russia Grow Over Venezuela

    Tensions continue to rise between the US and Russia this week on the heels of a failed, US-backed coup in Venezuela. The US is blaming Russia, at least in part, for the failure, while Russia is warning the US against meddling in the country.

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with Russian FM Sergey Lavrov, with Lavrov warning the US that it considers the US interference as a “flagrant breach of international law.” Pompeo argued that continuing to oppose regime change was “destabilizing” for Venezuela.

    Pompeo claimed on Tuesday that President Maduro was set to leave Venezuela for exile on Tuesday, but changed his mind when Russia told him not to. Russia has denied that this was the case, claiming it was part of America’s “information war.“

    When the coup was in progress, Mick Mulvaney said that in the US view, Russia and Cuba were “not supposed to” intervene on behalf of the Venezuelan government. Russia, however, has continued to support Maduro, and that doesn’t seem likely to change. With US and Russian views of Venezuela’s future both starkly d


  9. Lockheed told to stick their crappy F-35s where it will fit.

    Germany’s F-35 fighter rebuff raises questions for Nato partners

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    Germany’s decision not to buy the F-35 stealth fighter jet is a “retrograde step” that could hamper the country’s ability to operate at the same level as its Nato partners, according to the European head of Lockheed Martin, which manufactures the aircraft.

    Jonathan Hoyle, vice-president for Europe at the US defence group, said the German decision in January to exclude the F-35 from further consideration as a replacement for its ageing Tornado fleet had caught a lot of governments “on the hop”. The German defence ministry said at the time it had decided to acquire either more Eurofighters from Airbus, the European group, or Boeing-made F-18s.

    With the German rhetoric in the past three years having been about stepping up its defence capabilities, the decision not to consider the F-35 had prompted questions among other European governments over “Germany’s position going forward, and therefore what does it mean for Nato”, Mr Hoyle told the Financial Times in an interview.

    He added that during a recent visit to Nato several ambassadors had expressed “disappointment” at the German decision. They had noted that while many of their countries were investing in fifth-generation fighter jet technology by opting for the F-35, “Germany, which has the biggest defence budget, has just taken this retrograde step and isn’t going to be there”.

    “So when we go off and collaborate together operationally, if you are flying stealth, fifth-generation jets, you don’t want a fourth-generation jet in the middle of your operations because everyone can see that,” he added.

    The German decision was seen by many defence observers as a signal by Berlin that it remained committed to pursuing a next-generation Franco-German “future combat air system” (FCAS). Paris had previously voiced fears that a German order to buy the F-35, widely seen as the most advanced aircraft on the shortlist, could have made the FCAS project — due to form the backbone of both countries’ air forces after 2040 — redundant.


  10. Saudi crown prince offered Abbas $10 billion to accept Trump’s plan

    [ Editor’s Note: Ten billion was offered, but at $1 billion a year, making it an air deal. The Palestinians were not about to bite for that.

    But they are still caught in a tough spot as leaked portions of the plan show moving the Palestinians into the desert into new cities, torn away from their thousands of years on the land.

    With Bibi promising taking over the West Bank if he was reelected was also a tip off of what was in the works. The Palestinians are in a vice now, with money for widow and family pensions for all those killed or in Israeli pensions being withheld from Israeli tax revenues due the PA.

    That pushes them more into the arms of the wealthy Gulf States for funding that is desperately needed. At the end of the day the party that can make the PA payroll might have the final call.

    The old saying goes that power comes out of the barrel of a gun, but to that I would add, also out of a checkbook, or just a Federal Reserve book entry as the case may be… Jim W. Dean ]


  11. Why won’t the media mention the bleeding obvious when they talk about franking credits?

    To get the amount of money these old farts are whinging about losing they need to have very substantial amounts invested. Does anyone ever mention that? Of course they don’t.

    We are supposed to feel sorry for these well-off oldies who, allegedly, according to the media, will be facing life homeless and relying on free meals at soup kitchens if Labor wins the election.

  12. Zali Steggall admits what we already knew – she will support a Coalition government if there’s a hung parliament.

    Well derrr! Fancy that! Who would ever have thought?

    Warringah debate: Abbott rival Steggall confirms she would back Coalition in hung parliament

    I caught a few seconds of a discussion between Michael Kroger and David Speers just after the debate ended. Kroger was talking about Zali’s own, personal inaction on doing anything about climate change, he found her very hypocritical. She admitted during the debate she doesn’t have solar panels, (although she said she was in the process of getting them when she decided to run as a candidate and stopped because she thought it would seem cynical to the media) doesn’t have a hybrid car and does nothing to reduce her own household reliance on coal-fired power.

    Ms Steggall is a closet Liberal, trying to convince an electorate that she is a true independent. The media are giving her buckets of support – ever wondered why? It’s pretty obvious. They see her as the new Liberal member for Warringah. Should she be elected (I still think Tony will beat her) it’s highly likely she will join the Libs.

  13. Fresh anti-Muslim comments have emerged appearing to originate from embattled Liberal Lyons candidate Jessica Whelan.

    Ms Whelan, the Liberal candidate for the seat of Lyons, made a chaotic appearance at Agfest in northern Tasmania on Thursday with Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

    Both the Liberal Party and Ms Whelan have denied she made social media posts disparaging of Muslims on Facebook, saying they were doctored.

    The Australian Federal Police are reportedly investigating that claim.

    In new material provided to the Mercury today, comments under the name “Jessica Whelan” and bearing her photograph called for a referendum on excluding Muslim migrants from Australia — something she said she would support.

    “I care about our safety,” she wrote in response to a comment by former One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts. “How about we have a referendum on whether or not we close our borders to Muslims? Now that I could vote for.”

    In a second, she commented on refugees fleeing conflict in Syria and Iraq: “Don’t bloody send them to Tasmania. We don’t want them.”


  14. I’m an oddity here in the pub in that I actually have a subscription to a mordoch rag, Tasmania’s Mercury. Surprisingly for one of his stable I actually find it very balanced. They’ll actually go all sides of politics and the only time they stray from this line is when one of the syndicated FW’s show up. Don’t know if it’s a bonus or not but also get access to all the other tripe that mordoch publishes. A bonus for The Mercury is that being down here in Tassie it’s more or less out of sight out of mind so is pretty well left to run its own race and has so far done exactly that.

    • I must be an oddity too. I have an extension thingy that allows me to read everything in The Australian and some of the other Murdoch papers.

      It comes in handy.

  15. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Key Nationals MP and Barnaby Joyce ally Michelle Landry says a new-look party room could reinstall the former deputy prime minister as leader regardless of the election result. Heaven forbid! But the fact that McCormack is an absolute dud presents the opportunity.
    Michelle Grattan says Morrison’s difficulty is that while negativity might have served him effectively in the campaign’s early days, even Liberal-leaning commentators are saying there’s not enough of the so-called vision thing for the next term.
    David Crowe on the rise and rise of independents.
    Katharine Murphy reports that Labor will unveil a National Disability Insurance Scheme Future Fund, promising a “locked box” to ensure all funds budgeted to the scheme are directed to the NDIS.
    Latika Bourke tells us that the Liberal Party has said it will refer the allegation of hacking of Jessica Whelan’s social media accounts. I wonder if the investigation will take longer than 18 May to conclude.
    Morrison is standing by Whelan.
    Media and Communications professor, Mark Davis, has written an article about the hard right is gaining ground through networked hatred and new technology.
    The media is starting to turn politics into a reality TV show, with publicity stunts and celebrity culture at the forefront, writes Dr Jennifer Wilson. She certainly has a point.
    David Rowe reveals that likely Senate kingmakers the Centre Alliance party will consider backing Labor’s emissions cuts if the hit to households and the economy won’t be excessive.
    The SMH editorial looks at Won’s speech in Australia’s relations with Asia.
    Sarah Martin says Shorten has flicked the switch to attack mode.
    Phil Coorey writes that while Malcolm Turnbull hightailed it to New York and Tony Abbott is in witness protection, two old foes have come together for Bill Shorten – Rudd and Gillard.
    “Could a homophobic online rant that resulted in a Liberal candidate resigning help get a gay Greens candidate elected to Federal Parliament?”, asks Adam Carey.
    Australia’s cost of living remains low. Greg Jericho explains why we are still feeling the pinch.
    John Wanna poses the $55 million question: what does Clive Palmer actually want?
    Anne Davies reviews yesterday’s Abbott/Steggall debate.
    Scott Morrison went against Treasury advice not to canvass government assistance to an electricity company part-owned by the coal investor and Liberal party donor Trevor St Baker, documents show. There’s a certain smell about this one.
    Peter Strong of the Small Business Council takes issue with Labor’s plan to address the taxing of trusts.
    The Queensland farm lobby AgForce has deleted more than a decade worth of data from a government program that aims to improve water quality in the Great Barrier Reef, in response to state government moves to introduce new reef protection laws. Charming!
    NAB chief Philip Chronican has warned that an RBA rate cut would only further squeeze bank margins, profits and lending capacity without doing much to boost the economy.
    Former MSW Coalition education minister, Adrian Piccoli, has applauded Labor’s $10 billion plan to boost wages for childcare workers, saying the investment is “well overdue” and essential to tackle the staff turnover crisis in the sector.
    Stephen Bartholomeusz writes that National Australia Bank’s dividend cut could have been even harsher if the group hadn’t been able to grow its loan books and cut costs.
    According to this researcher young people won’t accept inaction on climate change, and they’ll be voting in droves.
    Apple has just released some ugly numbers, and questions remain over what the future holds for the company.
    How workplace aggression costs a company in many different ways.
    Those great economic and jobs numbers Trump brags about turn out to be just run-of-the-mill. Carter, Reagan Bush I and II plus Clinton all beat Trump.
    Nancy Pelosi has accused Attorney-General William Barr of committing a crime and an influential committee chairman threatened to hold Barr in contempt of Congress.

    Cartoon Corner

    What a fantastic analogy from David Pope!

    And something similar from Jon Kudelka.
    David Rowe at the Archibalds.

    From Matt Golding.

    Mark David and the Nationals’ carparking solution.

    Jim Pavlidis and strange bedfellows.

    Simon Letch – so much for Morrison’s presidential style campaign.

    Zanetti’s in full flight now.

    Glen Le Lievre does not think highly of the election bombardment in TV.

    Sean Leahy readies for tonight’s leaders’ debate in Brisbane.

    From the US.

  16. We start day 23 (if you count the first Thursday the election was called) with the news the Liberal party is set to cut another candidate loose over their social media posts.

    Jessica Whelan, the Liberal candidate for Lyons, which, in recent weeks, the Liberal party was adding to its ‘maybe’ pick up list, will be dis-endorsed over Islamaphobic social media posts.


  17. So whatserface Whelan has resigned from the Lib party, whoop de friggin do. She’s still on the ballot paper and could still influence the outcome of the election. If she happens to get elected will she resign her seat? I don’t think so. Same with all the other candidates who have resigned, been dis-endorsed or whatever. If it happened after the close of nominations they are still on the ballot paper.

    • The exact same thing that happened to Hanson -kicked out of the Liberal Party for nasty comments, still ran, but as an independent. She was elected partly because 90% of voters don’t pay attention to anything to do with politics and still thought they were voting for a Liberal. Elected, sat on the crossbench as a fake independent, barely bothered to show up, when she did bother she always voted with the Liberals, spent a lot of time trawling around Canberra’s bars looking for men and was thrown out by fed-up voters at the next election.

      The same thing also applies to all the other candidates who have been dis-endorsed or have quit their parties during the election campaign. They are still candidates, they will still get votes from their supporters and from the dumber than dumb voters who don’t have a clue.

      Just as well most of them don’t have a hope of being elected.

      Labor should dump Luke Creasey,, it should have happened as soon as his Facebook comments surfaced. He’s just as objectionable as all the others dumped. More comments have come to light in the last 24 hours and there are now questions about his citizenship. According to The Australian his grandmother was Ukrainian, made stateless during WWII, but he has no provided any formal evidence from lawyers or the Ukrainian embassy to back up his claim.

      The media, of course, is eager to get a second Labor candidate booted out, to compensate for the Liberal candidates dropping off their perches almost every day. They will keep on with Creasey stories. He doesn’t have a hope of beating Adam Bandt, who has not behaved well by tweeting the initial story. It should have been left to the media to throw dirt, but Bandt just couldn’t help himself.

      Here’s a question – during the term of the ATM government millions were spent on having Home Affairs staff trawl through social media looking for comments from alleged terrorists or anyone else the government wanted to target.

      Why didn’t the parties do the same for their candidates? Employers do this for applicants for positions, why don’t our political parties do it for potential candidates?

  18. Latest campaign fail – a Green.

    So far only the Daily Telegraph is reporting this.

    Greens candidate forced to apologise over ‘foolish’ disregard for dead police officers on social media

    A NSW Greens candidate has been forced to apologise for encouraging violence against politicians and showing disregard for dead police officers on social media.

    Connor Parissis, who is running in the inner west seat of Barton, has also posted a series of anti-Semitic images and openly promotes the use of illicit drugs in the past year.

    Despite labelling the comments “foolish and harmful” The Greens are standing behind the candidate and will not force him to resign.

    Mr Parissis posted a picture on Facebook stating “who gives a flying fox about dead cops?” in December 2017 and in August last year posted “log off and grab a bat and head to ur (sic) local liberal office x”.

    He also posted a photo of Melbourne teenager Will Connolly egging Senator Fraser Anning with the caption “egging fascists/racists/islamaphobes is GOOD and ENCOURAGED thank u (sic) for listening”.

    In a statement Mr Parisissi said he apologises unreservedly for these comments and was “extremely sorry” for the offence they have caused.

    “The Daily Telegraph has highlighted several social media posts from before I was a Greens member that appear to condone violence,” he said


    There’s more, but you get the drift. The Greens are standing by their man.

    These nasty comments were made only 18 months ago, allegedly before Parissis joined the Greens. That’s no excuse. He can’t have changed his thinking very much in that time. I really don’t think joining the Greens is like some sort of Road to Damascus conversion where all previous opinions are abandoned for more socially acceptable ones.

    The Greens have issued a statement.

  19. Bill Shorten and Dan Andrews have just finished a presser in Melbourne to announce funding for infrastructure.

    Both were asked questions about Luke Creasey and both defended him, using the “he was very young (22), regrets those comments and is deeply embarrassed” excuse.

    Bill was also asked about the potentially embarrassing issue with a Labor donor bebefiting from his pathology policy. Funny how no journalists ever ask Liberal politicians about Liberal donors hugely benefiting from decisions made by the ATM government, isn’t it.

    • I think he should. Labor is not going to take Melbourne from Adam Bandt (much as I wish they could) so he’s just a throw-away candidate. It won’t matter if Labor does not have an official candidate in that electorate. Creasey is still on the ballot paper and can run as a Labor-friendly independent, so nothing much is lost.

      If he stays the media will use him to damage Labor’s campaign, as they did this morning.

  20. Adani mine delay after management plan for black-throated finch rejected

    Adani’s proposed Carmichael coal mine has been dealt another setback, after Queensland’s Environment Department rejected the mining hopeful’s management plan for the black-throated finch.

    Queensland’s Environment Department met with Adani on Thursday to outline a number of new commitments they want the Indian mining giant to meet before it can approve the plan.

    “The department … has advised Adani that it cannot approve its black-throated finch management plan in its current form because it does not meet the requirements of the company’s environmental authority”, a spokesperson said.

    “This position is based on the best available science.”

    Adani can now submit a new or revised management plan for the bird


  21. Another Labor video!

    This one is on an issue very important to me, for many reasons.

    Bill Shorten opening Labor’s forum on the NDIS –

  22. Sky News panel is really one-sided in their pre-debate summary. They have someone from the Liberals but no-one from Labor,and .

    it is all anti-Labor spruiking.

    Gawd, I hope Bill kicks Morrison to the kerb tonight, though if he did Sky News will say Bill was ‘desperate’.

    Someone I know, who is from a Eastern Orthodox religious background, gave me the best reason I have heard so far for voting for the ALP. She said, T”he Bible says. ‘six days you shall labour’ not ‘six days you should sit on your chair playing the share market. ‘ So I have always voted Labor”.

    A lovely middle aged migrant, very sweet. Came here as a kid after the family went through WW2 in
    Greece. She has told me harrowing stories of her family suffering under the German invasion.

  23. Sky are casting nasturtiums on Dastyari because a firm he lobbies for will benefit by a Labor policy in the health portfolio. Pot, kettle mate.
    One of the bastards said how interesting it was that someone like Dastyari could be out the door in disgrace,a and re-emerge as a lobbiest who profits from his former life. ‘That is what is is like on the Left’ wtte.
    No joke. Hypocrisy much.

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