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2017 Queensland state election

Queensland election campaign, week 1: with commentary by Roger Scott

The Queensland election has generatied 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.

Queensland election campaign, week 4

The fourth and final week of the election campaign kicked off with both major parties staging relatively low-key campaign launches to pitch their last-ditch messages to voters, which focused mainly on conventional issues such as jobs and the economy. Meanwhile, the ever-present ‘threat’ of the One Nation protest vote has continued to shadow both the Premier and Opposition Leader, as has the persistent question of government funding for the Adani mine project.

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