Queensland election campaign, week 1: with commentary by Roger Scott
The Queensland election is generating plenty of commentary. The purpose of this column is to gather together the most significant articles from this wide range of sources.
The first week of the election campaign was an odd mixture of very specific pork-barrel promises and generic environmental concerns such as the clear differentiation between the parties over tree-clearing and the shifting sands on the Adani mine.
Pauline Hanson’s absence in India did not remove the topic of One Nation from consideration by the major parties and closer examination of the contrasts between One Nation candidates in their attitudes to climate change. John Wanna’s relocation from the ANU to Griffith University has added to the already heavy engagement by that university with state policy and public sector analysis.
Queensland is getting some coverage in the national media but the reverse is not true - the chaos in Canberra has not (yet) been mentioned on the hustings.
Queensland election campaign, week 2
The second week of the election campaign has seen big-spending promises from the major parties, and a decidedly regional (and economic) focus as party leaders take the campaign trail to the furthest corners of the state.
Queensland election campaign, week 3
The third week of the election campaign sees the major parties affirming their commitments to regional jobs and big-ticket projects, as questions over the Adani mine project continue to bubble away while new polling shows One Nation's support holding firm among 'disaffected' voters in regional seats.
- Annastacia Palaszczuk affirms regional Queensland job focus » - 'Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has hit back at accusations she's put her job above those of regional Queenslanders by opting to veto a loan to Adani, as decisions around the mega-mine continue to cause headaches for her re-election bid.'
- Why big projects like the Adani coal mine won’t transform regional Queensland » - 'Queensland election campaigns often focus on big projects for the regions, such as roads, power plants and mines. But research suggests that mega projects, such as in gas and coal, have not transformed skills or improved employment prospects in regional Queensland.'
- Adani aside, North Queensland voters care about crime and cost of living » - 'Major voter concerns for North Queensland reflect the expectations that minor party preferences will determine the election outcome.'
- Queensland's LNP doesn't get that public enterprises generate income » - 'The current Queensland election is the first in many years in which the sale of public assets is not an issue. All parties have ruled them out. The reason is obvious enough: in the last three elections, Queenslanders have demonstrated their overwhelming opposition to privatisation.'
- Rise of One Nation thickens the plot in Queensland election » - 'Recent polling suggests the party will make a big impact, but the number of seats it could win hinges on a broad mix of factors.'
- Undecided Queensland voters disillusioned with Palaszczuk, suspicious of Nicholls » - 'Queensland "soft" voters are deeply disillusioned with both the Palaszczuk government and the Nicholls opposition, with many predicting a hung parliament from the November 25 state election, according to focus group research.'
- With One Nation on the march, a change to compulsory voting might backfire on Labor » - 'The real reason for Labor's return to full preferential voting was to assist them in garnering preferences from the Greens – but it may end up strengthening the LNP.'
- Queensland Labor finds its mojo as LNP cosies up to One Nation » - 'Annastacia Palaszczuk presses the reset button on the election campaign by shaking off the Adani shackles and remembering her own best attack lines.'
- Queensland election: One Nation question dogs LNP in leaders' debate » - 'Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the LNP forming an alliance with One Nation to take government would be an "embarrassment...to the world".'
- Roger Scott on Week 3 of the Queensland election campaign » - 'If Adani was the biggest millstone for Palaszczuk, One Nation and its threat to sensible behaviour in government is the much bigger millstone in the third week, this time borne by the LNP.'