FIRST SITTING FOR 2021 - FEBRUARY 26, 2021

I’ve spent the past week in Brisbane for the first sitting of the Queensland Parliament for 2021.

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THE BUDGET SITTING

Kick Off

With the election over, parliament sat last week for the formal opening of the 57th Parliament. This  was full of ceremony, with the swearing-in of new members and the Queensland Governor giving the government’s address on their plans for this term.

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CHANGES, UPDATES AND CONGRATULATIONS

This week the Queensland Government eased the corona virus “Gathering” restrictions – how many people can gather in particular places. With workplaces currently booking Christmas Parties, this will be a big plus for our hospitality businesses.

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AND THE WINNER IS...

Four More Years of Labor

With 88 seats out of the 93 seats now officially declared, it is clear that the winner is the ALP and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. They will govern in their own right with an estimated 52 seats.

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HELP! MY POSTAL VOTE DIDN'T COME!

If you applied for a postal vote but you haven’t received your ballot papers yet, don’t panic. You can still vote.

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VOTING ARRANGEMENTS IN GREGORY

With the campaign in full swing, I just wanted to outline the voting arrangements in Gregory for you.

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FROM THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL - OCTOBER 16, 2020

Election campaigns are meant to be contests that show up the differences between parties. This week delivered in spades!

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SORTING YOUR DRUTHERS

A lot of media time was wasted this week discussing preferences, when most people wanted to hear about the issues facing Queensland and what the various parties propose to do about them.

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THE REAL THING - OCTOBER 2, 2020

Monday’s public holiday will mark the end of the phony election campaign and the start of the real thing.

More Scandal
So, it was telling that this week brought yet another integrity scandal for a Palaszczuk Minister, as well as hard evidence as to why Queensland has suffered a major failure to invest in infrastructure.

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SURVEYING THE WRECKAGE

Time seems to pass strangely as we all wait for the October 31 election to arrive. The Palaszczuk Government’s millions of dollars of taxpayer-funded advertising make the date seem an ocean away.

But then one week can bring events that sum up the entire Palaszczuk Government’s history. This was such a week.

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