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[24 Mar 2009 | No Comment | 1,002 views ]

IN recent years I have supported Lawrence Springborg as the best person to lead the newly merged conservatives to victory in the Queensland state election. Last Saturday, I was proved wrong. The Liberal National Party hasn’t been able to connect with voters in southeast Queensland, which is absolutely necessary if the ALP is to be defeated in the state.
Springborg, a farmer from the Darling Downs, was unable to persuade voters in Brisbane and metropolitan seats that the LNP was not essentially the Nationals under a slightly different name.
This is …

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[21 Mar 2009 | No Comment | 3,505 views ]

FORMER divinity student, Rhodes scholar and radical barrister Frederick Woolnough Paterson was Australia’s first and only formally communist member of parliament.
Widely known throughout Queensland as “the people’s champion”, Paterson was the member for Bowen in the Queensland Legislative Assembly from 1944 to 1950, when his seat was deliberately redistributed out of existence.
This week, on March 17, Irish Australians celebrated St Patrick’s Day. On another March 17, in 1948, Patterson, while observing a march of striking unionists in Brisbane, was savagely bashed from behind by a plain-clothes policeman and sustained serious …

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[20 Mar 2009 | No Comment | 1,320 views ]

Ross Fitzgerald recalls the mining disaster of 1902, the largest peacetime loss of life in mainland Australia’s European history until this year
The Victorian bushfire tragedy last month stopped a nation. The personal loss touched all Australians, while the heroism of those who assisted in the rescue efforts has justifiably received widespread praise.
It is perhaps a time to ponder the nature of such peacetime tragedies. One New South Wales group, the Mount Kembla Mining & Historical Society (otherwise known as Mt Kembla Mining Heritage Inc) has been tirelessly working …

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[10 Mar 2009 | No Comment | 832 views ]

JUST more than halfway into the election campaign, many Queenslanders are, despite their annoyance at an early poll, pondering the political mix that will work best: Labor at a state and federal level or a state Liberal National government?

From now until March 21, Premier Anna Bligh will use Kevin Rudd’s $42 billion rescue package as a prop in her election campaign. Labor is also persisting with a negative ad campaign to undermine the economic credibility of Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg, instead of focusing on desperately needed improvements to health, transport …