Jeanette Fitzsimons stepping down

Via the NZ Greens' Frogblog, the NZ Greens female co-leader, Jeanette Fitzsimons, has announced this week that she will be stepping down as co-leader at the June national conference. She reveals in her video that already two of her colleagues, Metiria Turei and Sue...

Joe Trippi speaking in Sydney tonight

Some of you might be interested in coming along to this event tonight: Join GetUp members in Sydney for a talk by US political luminary Joe Trippi on the future of online politics.When: Thursday 26 February. 7-9pm (please arrive at 6:30) Where: Teachers Federation Building Auditorium,...

Seat in Focus: Beaudesert

I've decided to start a series going in-depth into particular key electorates in this electorate. Most of these are races between the ALP and LNP, although I will include two independent seats as well as Indooroopilly, and today's seat.Pauline Hanson has announced that she...

Queensland Votes: day three

Today's campaign has remained focused on Pauline Hanson's announcement last night that she will be running. It now appears she will be running in Beaudesert, a seat to the south of Brisbane in South-East Queensland. The ALP, LNP and Greens have all committed to...

Queensland Votes: day two

A few pieces of election news today:Pauline Hanson has announced that she will stand for election in the Queensland state election on March 21. No word yet on which seat she will contest. Crikey has launched another blog, this time it's Pineapple Party Time, a...

Is this what you mean, Miranda?

From Crikey's First Dog on the Moon:

Bligh v. The Borg

It's a delightful irony that, like "Honest John" before him, Lawrence Springborg's LNP have taken to calling their leader "The Borg" with no apparent sense of irony or awareness of the meaning of the nickname. Springborg is heading into his third election as leader...

Anna Bligh calling March 21 election

Sky News is now reporting that Anna Bligh will go to Government House in Brisbane today to call an early election, presumably on March 28. More to come.Update: So I was wrong, it was March 21. Unfortunately the news broke about five minutes after...

The new Andrew Fisher biography

I just finished David Day's third book in what is rapidly becoming a series of biographies of Australia's Labor Prime Ministers: Andrew Fisher: Prime Minister of Australia. This follows on the back of his John Curtin: A Life and Chifley.Andrew Fisher's story is one...

Queensland election preparations

With the possible imminent calling of a state election in Queensland, I've moved ahead with plans for election night coverage, using my Google Earth map of the new Queensland boundaries, which you can check out here. There's still some kinks to be worked out....