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March 21, 2009

Queensland election candidates on Gold Coast back daylight saving

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Queensland election candidates on Gold Coast back daylight saving

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

South East Queensland councils with the Gold Coast highlighted

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2009 Queensland general election
  • 21 March 2009: Australian Labor Party reelected to Queensland government: Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  • 21 March 2009: Queensland election candidates on Gold Coast back daylight saving
  • 19 March 2009: Wikinews interviews Patricia Petersen, independent candidate for the electorate of Bundamba in the 2009 Queensland election
  • 17 March 2009: Wikinews previews the 2009 Queensland state election
  • 13 March 2009: Wikinews interviews Brenton Clutterbuck, candidate for the electorate of Maroochydore at the upcoming Queensland election

candidates running for electorates on the Gold Coast have backed the concept of daylight saving.

“I’m quite happy to offer my personal position which is a split zone from Noosa to the border,” said Liberal National Party candidate Ray Stevens. “This is not an LNP policy for the state but it’s my personal position.”

An unnamed spokesperson of Lawrence Springborg ruled out daylight saving altogether. “Absolutely not,” he said.

Christina Landis had a similar position within the Australian Labor Party. “I think it would be a benefit for the Gold Coast. It is a difficult situation for businesses and I understand that,” she said.

“Daylight saving is the elephant in the room,” said Daylight Saving for South East Queensland (DS4SEQ) founder Jason Furze. “We waste billions of dollars every year by not having daylight saving.”

Mr Furze told Wikinews in January that DS4SEQ is proposing a dual time zone for Queensland which “is a well thought out compromise to the current situation that obviously does not work.”

Gold Coast Central Chamber of Commerce president has said the daylight saving was an issue for local businesses. “Daylight saving costs business money. It would have a great flow-on effect for businesses like golf courses and other tourism operators to be able to take advantage of extra sunshine,” he said.



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Australian Labor Party reelected to Queensland government: Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

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2009 Queensland general election
  • 21 March 2009: Australian Labor Party reelected to Queensland government: Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  • 21 March 2009: Queensland election candidates on Gold Coast back daylight saving
  • 19 March 2009: Wikinews interviews Patricia Petersen, independent candidate for the electorate of Bundamba in the 2009 Queensland election
  • 17 March 2009: Wikinews previews the 2009 Queensland state election
  • 13 March 2009: Wikinews interviews Brenton Clutterbuck, candidate for the electorate of Maroochydore at the upcoming Queensland election

Election analysts for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation have called the Queensland state election for the Australian Labor Party. The ABC lists the seats won as ALP 50; Liberal National Party 29; Others 4; and 5 in doubt.

A win for the ALP means that Anna Bligh becomes the first female to be elected premier in Australian history. She is the third female to be appointed premier.

The ABC predicted that the ALP will gain 53 of the 89 seats, the LNP 31 with 5 seats going to other candidates.

The analysts are predicting that Queensland Greens MP Ronan Lee will lose his seat of Indooroopilly.

Polls published in The Australian predicted a hung parliament. The ABC’s predictions contradict these polls.

The Courier Mail also gives the election to the ALP. They give the ALP 49 seats; LNP 27; Others 4; and 9 undecided.

Opposition leader Lawrence Springborg conceded the election at 8:15pm local time (12:15pm UTC).



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March 17, 2009

Wikinews previews the 2009 Queensland state election

Wikinews previews the 2009 Queensland state election

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Correction — November 19, 2009
 
In the final line of this article, it is stated that The West Australian is a News Limited paper. It is actually independent – the News Limited paper in Perth is the Sunday Times.
 

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The distribution of seats in Queensland parliament from 2006 to 2009

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With an election coming up this Saturday in the Australian state of Queensland, Wikinews reporter Patrick Gillett previews the contesting parties.

A hung parliament scenario for the 2009 Queensland state election

The current distribution of seats has the Australian Labor Party with 58 of the 86 total, the Liberal National Party with 25, the Queensland Greens & One Nation with one each and independents holding four.

The Australian Labor Party (ALP) is currently in government and have been since 1998. Current premier and leader of the ALP Anna Bligh will be, if Labor wins, the first female to elected premier in Australian history. Ms Bligh became the third female premier in Australian history when Peter Beattie resigned in 2007.

The premier has received criticism from other parties for backflipping on its commitment to run a full term. “After 11 years in office, Ms Bligh only cares about one job: her own,” said Lawrence Springborg head of the Liberal National Party (LNP) and the Leader of the Opposition.

The Liberal National Party is currently in opposition. It is seen as a prototype for a national merger between the Liberal and National parties. The Opposition need to pick up at least twenty seats from the government to overcome the significant Labor majority and a number of independents.

The Queensland Greens are the states largest minor party. The Greens unveiled its policy to open two solar power stations on the weekend of January 31/February 1.

“We can tackle climate change and create long-term jobs, but Labor can’t see that because they are blinded by the interests of their big donors – the urban development and coal industries,” said Mt Coo-tha candidate Larrisa Waters.

The Greens main policies have been stated “Green collar jobs”, “managing where the money is going”, education and transport.

“The Greens want to give the community and the environment a voice back in State Parliament,” says Ms Waters.

The Socialist Alliance will run two candidates as independents because of what they call “restrictive rules for registration.”

Wikinews conducted an interview with the Socialist Alliance on March 2rd in which they said, “That choosing between “tweedledee” and “tweedledum” once every few years is not real democracy, and with the planet in peril, facing an economic meltdown, and all manner of social problems, we can’t afford to leave sociaety [sic] in the hands of the pro-corporate parties.”

The Daylight Saving for South East Queensland (DS4EQ) party was set up in late 2008. DS4SEQ leader Jason Furze gave an interview to Wikinews in January. “DS4SEQ would like to gain a sizeable percentage of the primary vote and win a number of seats,” Mr furze said. Courier Mail writer Dennis Atkins wrote in today’s Courier Mail that DS4SEQ “will poll better than anyone expected – polling close to double figures in some seats around Brisbane and on the coasts.”

News Limited newspapers The West Australian and the Courier Mail reported that swing voters would decide the election.



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March 9, 2009

Sunshine Coast Regional Council can’t challenge legal appeal by McDonald’s Australia

Monday, March 9, 2009

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Sunshine Coast Regional Council has received legal advice that it could not challenge the appeals process of McDonald’s Australia. Council rejected development plans for a 24 hour store at Minyama in December.

“… council has received legal advice back that McDonalds will win because of planning laws allow code assessment – the ugly American McDonald will win and run roughshod over residents and Sunshine Coast Council,” said protest group spokesperson John Meyer-Gleaves.

Mr Meyer-Gleaves said the group, named Say No To McDonalds, has three priorities if the were forced to negotiate. The conditions being; that the alley between motel that currently on the site and the shop next door is closed off, that the store operates at 24 hours on weekends only and that a backfence or wall is built at a similar height to other premises fronting Nicklin Way. He claims McDonald’s had agrees to them.

“I’m pretty sure I’m the only councillor who already has a 24-hour McDonald’s in my division,” says Councillor Chris Thompson, who represents division four in the Sunshine Coast Council, “we have enough issues with that one, and this is overkill.”

… council has rceived legal advice back that McDonalds will win because of planning laws allow code assessment – the ugly American McDonald will win and run roughshod over residents and Sunshine Coast Council

—John Meyer-Gleaves, Say No To McDonald’s protest group spokesperson

The 24-hour McDonald’s in Councillor Thompson’s division, in Mooloolaba, is part of a larger complex and does not back onto residential premises.

“It is important that any new development, including fast food outlets, give serious and honest consideration to the various potential impacts of the project on the community. This is important as society strives to balance the need for development with the need to support the lifestyle choices and wishes of residents,” said local member of federal Peter Slipper in an e-mail to Wikinews.

“The situation highlights the need for leadership at a state level that is prepared with work with the Regional Councils to ensure laws and regulations are consistant within community standards. Labor and LNP have a long history of creating policy to please large business instead of looking at what best serves the community,” said Brenton Clutterbuck, Greens Candidate for the electorate of Maroochydore for the Queensland state election.


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  • March 9, 2009 “Setback in legal bid to halt Maccas”, Sunshine Coast Daily p7
  • Alan Lander “Maccas bid fails but fight not over”. Sunshine Coast Daily, December 5, 2008
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Sunshine Coast Regional Council can’t challenge legal appeal by McDonald’s Australia

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Sunshine Coast Regional Council has received legal advice that it will not be able to challenge a McDonald’s Australia appeals process. Council rejected development plans for a 24-hour store at Minyama in December, and the restaurant giant plans to appeal the decision.

“Council has received legal advice back that McDonald’s will win because of planning laws allow code assessment – the ugly American McDonald will win and run roughshod over residents and Sunshine Coast Council,” said protest group spokesperson John Meyer-Gleaves.

Meyer-Gleaves said the group, named Say No To McDonald’s, has three priorities if it is forced to negotiate: the alley between the motel currently on the site and the shop next door is to be closed off, the McDonald’s is to operate 24 hours per day on weekends only and a backfence or wall is to be built at a similar height to other premises fronting Nicklin Way. McDonald’s has agreed to these terms, according to Meyer-Gleaves.

“I’m pretty sure I’m the only councillor who already has a 24-hour McDonald’s in my division,” says Councillor Chris Thompson, who represents division four in the Sunshine Coast Council. “We have enough issues with that one, and this is overkill.”

Council has received legal advice back that McDonald’s will win because of planning laws allow code assessment – the ugly American McDonald will win and run roughshod over residents and Sunshine Coast Council

—John Meyer-Gleaves, Say No To McDonald’s protest group spokesperson

The 24-hour McDonald’s in Councillor Thompson’s division, Mooloolaba, is part of a larger complex and does not back onto residential premises.

“It is important that any new development, including fast food outlets, give serious and honest consideration to the various potential impacts of the project on the community. This is important as society strives to balance the need for development with the need to support the lifestyle choices and wishes of residents,” said Peter Slipper, a federal Member of Parliament in the area, in an e-mail to Wikinews.

“The situation highlights the need for leadership at a state level that is prepared with work with [sic] the Regional Councils to ensure laws and regulations are consistent within community standards. Labor and LNP have a long history of creating policy to please large business instead of looking at what best serves the community,” said Brenton Clutterbuck, Greens Candidate for the electorate of Maroochydore for the Queensland state election.


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  • March 9, 2009 “Setback in legal bid to halt Maccas”, Sunshine Coast Daily p7
  • Alan Lander “Maccas bid fails but fight not over”. Sunshine Coast Daily, December 5, 2008
  • This article contains original reporting by Wikinews user RockerballAustralia. The reporting took place primarily on March 9,2009 at Maroochydore. Further details can be found on this talk page. If the user is accredited, you can verify their credentials.
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Sunshine Coast Regional Council can’t challenge legal appeal by McDonald’s Australia

Monday, March 9, 2009

The 24 hour McDonalds at Mooloolaba

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…More articles here
Location of Australia

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Sunshine Coast Regional Council has received legal advice that it could not challenge the appeals process of McDonald’s Australia. Council rejected development plans for a 24 hour store at Minyama in December.

“… council has received legal advice back that McDonalds will win because of planning laws allow code assessment – the ugly American McDonald will win and run roughshod over residents and Sunshine Coast Council,” said protest group spokesperson John Meyer-Gleaves.

Mr Meyer-Gleaves said the group, named Say No To McDonalds, has three priorities if the were forced to negotiate. The conditions being; that the alley between motel that currently on the site and the shop next door is closed off, that the store operates at 24 hours on weekends only and that a backfence or wall is built at a similar height to other premises fronting Nicklin Way. He claims McDonald’s had agrees to them.

“I’m pretty sure I’m the only councillor who already has a 24-hour McDonald’s in my division,” says Councillor Chris Thompson, who represents division four in the Sunshine Coast Council, “we have enough issues with that one, and this is overkill.”

… council has rceived legal advice back that McDonalds will win because of planning laws allow code assessment – the ugly American McDonald will win and run roughshod over residents and Sunshine Coast Council

—John Meyer-Gleaves, Say No To McDonald’s protest group spokesperson

The 24-hour McDonald’s in Councillor Thompson’s division, in Mooloolaba, is part of a larger complex and does not back onto residential premises.

“It is important that any new development, including fast food outlets, give serious and honest consideration to the various potential impacts of the project on the community. This is important as society strives to balance the need for development with the need to support the lifestyle choices and wishes of residents,” said local member of federal Peter Slipper in an e-mail to Wikinews.

“The situation highlights the need for leadership at a state level that is prepared with work with the Regional Councils to ensure laws and regulations are consistant within community standards. Labor and LNP have a long history of creating policy to please large business instead of looking at what best serves the community,” said Brenton Clutterbuck, Greens Candidate for the electorate of Maroochydore for the Queensland state election.


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  • March 9, 2009 “Setback in legal bid to halt Maccas”, Sunshine Coast Daily p7
  • Alan Lander “Maccas bid fails but fight not over”. Sunshine Coast Daily, December 5, 2008
  • This article contains original reporting by Wikinews user RockerballAustralia. The reporting took place primarily on March 9,2009 at Maroochydore. Further details can be found on this talk page. If the user is accredited, you can verify their credentials.
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March 2, 2009

Wikinews interviews the Socialist Alliance about the upcoming Queensland State election

Wikinews interviews the Socialist Alliance about the upcoming Queensland State election

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Monday, March 2, 2009

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With a Queensland state election coming up in Australia, many minor parties will be looking to hold balance of power and making the major parties listen to what they have to say. The Socialist Alliance (SA) is one of these parties.

SA is a left-wing political party. There stated describes itself as an anti-capitalist party which believes in “a democratic society that is run by and for working people, not the tiny, greedy, destructive elite that now rules.”

It should be noted that SA is not registered for Queensland elections due to what they describe as “restrictive rules for registration.” Their candidates will run as independents. They are, however, registered for federal elections and elections in other states.

Queensland’s unicameral parliament is up for election on March 21. The election campaign will run for a total of 26 days following the issue of the writs by Governor Penelope Wensley.

Wikinews held an exclusive interview with the SA. Answering on behalf of the party was Queensland State Gonvenor Paul Benedek.

Interview

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.pngWhy do you want to get into parliament?

Paul Benedek: For Socialist Alliance, parliament is only one aspect of social change. Our primary focus is building up community action and people’s power, because we believe that such grassroots action is essential to social change, as history has shown from struggles for the vote for women to civil liberties to the campaign against the [sic] Vietnam War.

However, having a socialist in parliament would be a huge asset for such struggles. Having someone who speaks uncompromisingly for the oppressed and voiceless – working people, the unemployed, students, Indigenous people – in the “parliamentary pit” would help expose the lack of democracy in a parliamentary system that favours those with wealth and resources. It would boost the resources and media profile for socialist solutions.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.pngWhat are the three main policies you will take into this election?

Paul Benedek: 1. Free public transport & mass investment in renewables to address the climate emergency. Unbelievably, the current government is looking to triple coal production in the biggest coal exporting state, in the biggest coal exporting country in the world! Meanwhile, the only solution we have to atrocious traffic and car dependence is….more roads, more tunnels, more bridges! Socialist Alliance says we need free public transport to get cars off the road, and provide quality alternatives to all people, regardless of wealth. In the Belgian city of Hasselt, free public transport saw an 800% increase in usage in one year! Socialist Alliance says move on renewable energy rather than more coal mines, and provide retraining for fossil fuel workers in green jobs.

2. Bailout people and communities, not corporations. With the worst economic crisis since the 1930s Great Depression, working people are being hit hard – and its going to get worse. The major parties are united in wanting to bail out business – but it’s their ‘profits before all else’ focus that has caused this disaster. Socialist Alliance says we need to defend communities not profits, supporting workers, investing in public housing, health and education. With Sam Watson running in South Brisbane, we will also have an emphasis on justice for Aboriginal people.

3. Make government genuinely accountable to the people. We are seeing a LNP “opposition” with big business’s hands all over it, and the Labor Government which charges thousands of dollars to sit down with Ministers for lunch. Socialist Alliance call for an end to this undemocratic farce. We need community referenda, not fake “consultation”. An end to cronyism and private factional deals and manipulation. Fixed of government to prevent manipulation for self-interested gain.

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Paul Benedek: These are policies that Socialist Alliance fights for on a daily basis, and helps to build movements for. We publish the progressive newspaper Green Left Weekly (www.greenleft.org.au) which provides an excellent alternative to the corporate media. On the environment front, we are involved in the climate justice movement in Brisbane and around the country.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.pngWho will lead your party if you gain more than one or two seats in parliament?

Paul Benedek: Socialist Alliance is a truly democratic organisation, with a collective leadership. A key spokesperson for our party would be Aboriginal activist Sam Watson (our candidate for South Brisbane).

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.pngIf you can’t form government, who would you like to see do so?

Paul Benedek: We want to see the most progressive government possible. We would like to see as many Greens elected as possible. We see both Labor and the LNP as big business parties that are almost like choosing between Coke and Pepsi! However, we generally favour Labor over the LNP, as being a slightly lesser evil.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.pngWhat should Queenslanders keep in mind, when heading to the polls?

Paul Benedek: That choosing between “tweedledee” and “tweedledum” once every few years is not real democracy, and with the planet in peril, facing an economic meltdown, and all manner of social problems, we can’t afford to leave sociaety [sic] in the hands of the pro-corporate parties. No matter what the vote is, the struggle will continue in the communities, and while voting can be part of changing the world, its people’s power that has always made the most important, progressive changes.



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February 27, 2009

Australian Sex Party to run independents in Queensland election

Australian Sex Party to run independents in Queensland election

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Friday, February 27, 2009

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  • 21 March 2009: Australian Labor Party reelected to Queensland government: Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  • 21 March 2009: Queensland election candidates on Gold Coast back daylight saving
  • 19 March 2009: Wikinews interviews Patricia Petersen, independent candidate for the electorate of Bundamba in the 2009 Queensland election
  • 17 March 2009: Wikinews previews the 2009 Queensland state election
  • 13 March 2009: Wikinews interviews Brenton Clutterbuck, candidate for the electorate of Maroochydore at the upcoming Queensland election

The Australian Sex Party will run candidates in three electorates in the upcoming Queensland state election. However, since the party does not have a sufficient membership base, the candidates will run as independents.

The regions of Queensland, Australia.

“Queensland’s censorship laws are far stricter than any other state in Australia and the same as laws on erotica in totalitarian states like China and Iran,” says party convenor Fiona Patten.

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—Fiona Patten

The party will run of a number of platforms including same sex marriage and age of consent. In Queensland the age of consent for homosexuals is 18 while it is 16 for heterosexuals. Every other state in Australia has an age of consent of 16 regardless of sexual orientation.

The party has been met with opposition from the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL). The ACL has challenged the major parties to place Sex Party candidates last on their how-to-vote cards. “The Australian Sex Party exists to represent the interests of businesses who make money from the exploitation and degradation of women,” Jim Wallace, ACL managing director, said.

“If Labor, the LNP and the Greens believe women should be respected and are concerned about the enormous damage caused by pornography and prostitution then they should be demonstrating this by having nothing to do with the Sex Party or its affiliated candidates,” said Wallace. The Queensland Greens sole Member of Parliament Ronan Lee has indicated that the Greens will wait until nominations close until they decide on preferences.



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February 26, 2009

Australian state of Queensland will go to the polls on March 21

Australian state of Queensland will go to the polls on March 21

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

The regions of Queensland, Australia.

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  • 21 March 2009: Australian Labor Party reelected to Queensland government: Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  • 21 March 2009: Queensland election candidates on Gold Coast back daylight saving
  • 19 March 2009: Wikinews interviews Patricia Petersen, independent candidate for the electorate of Bundamba in the 2009 Queensland election
  • 17 March 2009: Wikinews previews the 2009 Queensland state election
  • 13 March 2009: Wikinews interviews Brenton Clutterbuck, candidate for the electorate of Maroochydore at the upcoming Queensland election

The Premier of the Australian state of Queensland has announced that the state will have its election on Saturday, March 21. In an address on YouTube, Anna Bligh of the Australian Labor Party said that she called the election due to the state of the economy and to stabilise the government.

“It’s time for Queensland to settle this election. It’s time to settle the speculation. So that government, business and the community can get on with the task at hand and not be distracted and destabilised by looming elections,” Ms Bligh said in the statement.

Ms Bligh has recently denied that she would call an early election.

“I have always said that I want my government to run the full term and I have not changed my view on this lightly,” she said.

“After 11 years in office, Ms Bligh only cares about one job: her own,” said Lawrence Springborg head of the Liberal National Party (LNP) and the Leader of the Opposition. “Queensland deserves better. Over the next 27 days, the LNP will build on our vision for the Queensland we all deserve.”

Anna Bligh in 2007.
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The Opposition need to pick up at least twenty seats from the government to overcome the significant Labor majority and a number of independents.

“It is a sad legacy of economic management and mismanagement of the Labor Government that after 11 years of the rivers of gold, our state is broke,” Mr Springborg said. “It’s a little bit like lighting a fire and then running around and wanting credit for putting it out.”

A March 21 election gives candidates twenty six day to campaign. This is just within the legal requirements. The Queensland Electoral Act (1992) requires the election campaign to last between 26 and 56 days.

The Queensland Greens nominated an environmental lawyer to run against treasurer Andrew Fraser.

“We can tackle climate change and create long-term jobs, but Labor can’t see that because they are blinded by the interests of their big donors – the urban development and coal industries,” says Larrisa Waters, the Greens candidate for Mt-Cootha.

“The Greens want to give the community and the environment a voice back in State Parliament.”

“The current stance taken by both major parties, in relation to Daylight Saving in Queensland, is outdated, out of touch and inflexible. South East Queenslanders are frustrated that neither major party is currently prepared to explore options on the issue of Daylight Saving”, DS4SEQ party leader Jason Furze told Wikinews on January 30. DS4SEQ is a single-issue party, focused on the debate on daylight saving time.

Indigenous activist Sam Watson will be contesting the South Brisbane electorate which is currently held by the premier. He will represent the Socialist Alliance. Watson campaigned heavly for indigenous rights since the 1970s and was a community spokesperson following the death of Mulrunji Doomadgee in 2004.



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February 14, 2009

Queensland Premier denies March 28 election

Queensland Premier denies March 28 election

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

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2009 Queensland general election
  • 21 March 2009: Australian Labor Party reelected to Queensland government: Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  • 21 March 2009: Queensland election candidates on Gold Coast back daylight saving
  • 19 March 2009: Wikinews interviews Patricia Petersen, independent candidate for the electorate of Bundamba in the 2009 Queensland election
  • 17 March 2009: Wikinews previews the 2009 Queensland state election
  • 13 March 2009: Wikinews interviews Brenton Clutterbuck, candidate for the electorate of Maroochydore at the upcoming Queensland election

Despite fuelling speculation of a March 28 election, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has indicated that she will serve a full term. The Courier-Mail reported that the premier was moving to “tie off issues that could hurt Labor’s prospects” in the election.

However, Anthony Chisholm, Australian Labor Party state secretary, has indicated that it does not mean an early election would be called.

“I’ve got no idea on timing – the Premier has indicated she intends on going full term,” he said.

The government move to set up a lobbyist register, a 1998 election promise, and to reined-in judicial entitlements that involved magistrate Di Fingleton.

An inquiry has also been set up to address continuing concerns at Bundaberg Base Hospital. The inquiry was announce by health minister Stephen Robertson a day after he said that the issue was dated.

The quick actions to quell these issues encouraged fresh conjecture from the opposition Liberal National Party that the election would be held next month, possibly on the 28th. This would be legal as the Queensland Electoral Act (1992) requires the election campaign to last between 26 and 56 days.

Early election or not, several minor parties have already nominated candidates for a number of electorates. Notably, The Greens will run environmental lawyer Larissa Waters in Mt Coo-tha against treasurer Andrew Fraser, the Socialist Alliance will run Sam Watson in the premiers South Brisbane electorate and Daylight Saving for South East Queensland will run candidates in South East Queensland electorates only.

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  • “Queensland state Green party to run environmental lawyer in treasurer’s electorate” — Wikinews, February 5, 2009
  • “Wikinews interviews Daylight Saving for South East Queensland Party about the upcoming Queensland State election” — Wikinews, January 30, 2009

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