Thursday, November 12, 2020, 9:36 pm
Labor’s win in the Queensland State election on Saturday confirmed its “safety-first” policy managing the pandemic and set it up for another four years of government with an increased majority.
Not long after 10 pm on election night the Premier, Anastacia Palasczcuk, was able to claim victory with at least 47 seats in the 93 member parliament – and six seats in doubt.
Thursday, November 12, 2020, 5:11 pm
Lee Duffield wrote this “small tribute to all creatures” on the death of Crikey the Dog, his long-term writing companion, reasoning that something should now be written about him.
It was circulated among family and friends, several suggesting it might be given wider circulation – so now a posting on Subtropic.
Thursday, November 12, 2020, 5:06 pm
Reviewing the Queensland election campaign, Lee Duffield describes most media coverage as well behaved, except for newspaper journalists campaigning against Labor, and a few others who would fancy joining them.
He asks if news media matter that much to election outcomes in 2020.
Thursday, November 12, 2020, 12:06 pm
The battle for Queensland, coming to a head at the elections set for 31 October, is a national event due to the State’s ‘promotion’ in terms of size and political importance.
It is also a test for how to handle the pandemic.
Thursday, November 12, 2020, 11:39 am
There seem to be some screws loose in Townsville, with combined efforts on different fronts to make an election issue out of juvenile crime involving young Aborigines.
Monday, October 5, 2020, 11:03 pm
Two expectations marked the lead-up to the independence referendum in New Caledonia on Sunday (4.10.20): that it was likely to be another ‘no’, and bad feeling was set to follow.
In the event the ‘no’ vote against independence won with 53.26%, down on the result in 2018, when it was 56.7%.
Friday, October 2, 2020, 2:44 am
Two expectations have marked the lead-up to the independence referendum in New Caledonia on Sunday (4.10.20): that it is likely to be another no, and that bad feeling is set to follow.
The two sides have dramatised their differences, political and cultural, in the kinds of events they have put on in the last week to finalise their referendum campaigns.
Wednesday, July 29, 2020, 4:37 pm
Official Australian state policy on its public broadcaster, ABC, since 2014, has been to throttle it through withdrawing its budget by stages, while abusing it through Liberal-linkaged commercial media – Newscorp newspapers, 2GB radio network and Sky News pay television. There is also a sub-plot that involves, while the ABC survives, pressing it to deliver positive messaging for the government of the day.