Updated 3 April 2020: Judge clarifies circumstances in which property developers can donate to policy and advocacy organisations. A rebuff to ECQ position.
Electoral shenanigans masquerading as fairness: new Queensland funding laws
The latest changes purport to level the playing field between political parties and candidates, but instead will encourage the formation of front groups, while allowing the major parties to dip even further into public funding.
Folau, ball tampering, protection for religious belief
The Israel Folau case is about more than “inclusion”. It is about religious belief, honesty, integrity, the corruption of sport by commerce, the corruption of commerce by personal interest, and the duty of individuals to stay true to their own moral code, even against overwhelming pressure.
Prosecute individuals, don’t persecute industries
If the government has evidence of corrupt donors, it should prosecute them, not persecute a whole industry - real estate - on suspicion that some of its members might be corrupt
Queensland election issues: open letter from 7 public policy professionals
We the undersigned call on all political parties and candidates contesting this state election to commit to run campaigns which address the key issues for Queensland’s future.
Ban on developer contributions will reduce transparency
The CCC’s recommendation that property developer contributions at local and state level be banned is wrong in principle and will be dangerous in practice.
Activist judge makes bigamy an Irish joke
She brushed aside honour killings with “when you look at countries like Australia and the US, the top killer of women is domestic violence. But we choose to refer to it as domestic violence..."