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  • A fourth term for NSW and Qld governments? Read the tea leaves


    Hon Larry Anthony AO, Chairman 

    Winning a fourth term in Government is a herculean effort. SAS Group Director Larry Anthony stirs the pot of public sentiment to determine how the NSW and Queensland governments will manage the task.

  • A state of political drama down south

    South Australian politics is experiencing some high drama just four months out from a state election, writes Principal Consultant Ben Hindmarsh.

  • July 2022 - State Politics Update


    July was a busy month in Queensland politics.

  • QLD Political Update - March 2022

    March included two parliamentary sitting weeks for our State pollies, including this week when legislation to permanently establish the Queensland Small Business Commissioner was passed, improving support and advice for Queensland’s 452,000 small businesses.  Other legislation considered included a further extension to the essential public health measures put in place to support Queensland’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic until the 31 October 2022.

  • State political Update - August 2022


    The most significant activity undertaken by the Palaszczuk Government in August was the signing of a Statement of Commitment with First Nations leaders for a formal Path to Treaty. 

  • State Political Update - May 2022

    Shannon Fentiman

    May is Domestic Violence Awareness month and this certainly directed the signature positive announcement of the Palaszczuk Government this month, with the Premier and Attorney General Shannon Fentiman MP announcing a significant overhaul of Queensland law and police practices to better protect victims of domestic and family violence and hold perpetrators to account.

  • State political Update - November 2022


    The Queensland Parliament will sit for its final session of the year next week (29 November – 1 December). All Governments, irrespective of political colour, prefer to end the Parliamentary year on a high note. However, at the moment, the final Parliamentary sitting week is looking somewhat lacklustre. According to the published Notice Paper, it seems the Animal Care and Protection Bill and the Land and Other Legislation Amendment Bill are the Government’s highest legislative priorities to close out the year. That’s not to say these bills aren’t important, or that the Parliamentary agenda won’t change (it very often does). However, if this is how the Palaszczuk Government plans to introduce the last sitting week of year, they are giving David Crisafulli an early Christmas present.  

  • State Political Update - October 2022


    October marked the mid-point of the Queensland Parliament’s first four-year term. In two years we will be back at the polls, with Queenslanders being asked to decide whether they want to elect a Labor Government for another four years or if they are prepared to give the LNP another go after almost a decade in Opposition due to the disastrous “Newman Experiment”.

  • State political Update - September 2022


    Queensland Governor Jeanette Young was back on our televisions this month opening the gates to Government House to give Queenslanders an opportunity acknowledge the passing of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.  

  • State Politics Update - February 2022

    The last few weeks have obviously been dominated by the ‘integrity issues’ plaguing the government. After a deluge of negative media coverage for the government, the Premier has announced an inquiry into the handling of some of the concerns raised across the public service.

  • State politics update August 2021

    The Palaszczuk Government having quashed the recent Delta outbreak and with zero cases of community transmission are consolidating on the current situation with a number of announcements related to COVID and lockdowns.
  • State Politics update January 2022

    In the last week we’ve seen both the Integrity Commissioner and the Chair of the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) hand in their resignations. While this may appear as a negative development to some, the government will certainly breathe a sigh of relief.

  • State Politics Update July 2021

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner are in hotel quarantine after their successful trip to Tokyo where Brisbane was officially announced as the host of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
  • State Politics update November 2021

    A landmark achievement in the campaign to criminalise coercive control, and a milestone legislation passes in parliament as we kick off our journey to the 2032 Olympics. 
  • State politics update October 2021


    Written by Malcom Cole, DIrector - Media and Communications

    Only minutes after our last edition of The Inside Word was released, the state political realm was shaken by the sudden resignation of then New South Wales Premier, Gladys Berejiklian.  After a short period of political manoeuvring, a leadership ballot for the NSW Liberals was won by 39-year-old father of six (soon to be seven) Dominic Perrottet. 

  • State politics update September 2021

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    Written by Nino Lalic, Senior Consultant

    This past week we've seen Delta re-emerge via several clusters that have hit South-East Queensland.

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