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Seat of the week: Ryan

The subject of a better-late-than-never Seat of the Week is the wealthiest electorate in Brisbane, which has reverted solidly to conservative type since a fleeting moment of glory for Labor in 2001.

Teal and red numbers respectively indicate booths with two-party majorities for the LNP and Labor. Click for larger image. Map boundaries courtesy of Ben Raue at The Tally Room.

The western Brisbane seat of Ryan is dominated geographically by the Taylor Range to the city’s north-west, but nearly all of its voters are drawn from the suburban plains to the east and south. The suburbs of Ferny Grove and Enoggera at the northern end are Labor-leaning, but in the south are wealthier Indooroopilly and Kenmore on the northern shore of the Brisbane River, with conservative-leaning The Gap and Bardon lying in between. The seat was created with the expansion of parliament in 1949, from territory which had been passed around over time between Lilley, Brisbane and Moreton. It has covered much the same area since, although between 1998 and 2010 the northern end was exchanged for Middle Park and Jindalee south of the river.

Ryan has been won easily won by the Liberals, and more lately the Liberal National Party, at every general election since its creation. Prior to 2001 it had had only two members, firstly Nigel Drury until 1975, and then Howard government Defence Minister John Moore. Then came the only interruption to the seat’s history of conservative dominance after Moore quit parliament when he lost his portfolio in a reshuffle. At a troubled time for the Howard government, the ensuing by-election in February 2001 was won by Labor with a 9.8% swing, giving them what proved an ill-founded confidence boost concerning their prospects at the election due later in the year. Labor member Leonie Short went on to defeat the following November at the hands of Liberals candidate Michael Johnson, a 34-year-old Hong Kong-born and Cambridge-educated barrister of part Chinese extraction. Johnson won a local preselection plebiscite amid loud complaints of branch stacking, and after a defeated candidate’s successful Supreme Court action against a move by the state executive to install its own candidate.

The statewide swing to Labor in 2007 cut the margin from 10.4% to 3.8%, from which it was further reduced to 1.1% by the redistribution that took effect at the 2010 election. Meanwhile opposition to Johnson was mounting within his own party, with reports emerging of an internal investigation into his expenditure records and fundraising activities. In May 2010 he was expelled from the party for attempting to broker an export deal between the Queensland Coal Corporation and a Chinese conglomerate during parliamentary sittings and with the use of his parliamentary email address. A preselection was then won comfortably by Jane Prentice, who served the Indooroopilly-based ward of Walter Taylor on Brisbane City Council. Johnson ran as an independent in 2010 but secured only 8.5% of the vote, with Prentice securing the seat for the LNP with a 6.0% swing. She picked up a further 1.4% swing in 2013, boosting her margin to 8.5%.

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  • 1
    frednk
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:57 am | Permalink

    It’s not friday?

  • 2
    briefly
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:10 am | Permalink

    http://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2013/12/lng-buyers-mull-alliance/

    The 488-metre-long hull of Shell’s Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility has been floated out of the dry dock at the Samsung Heavy Industries yard in Geoje, South Korea, where the facility is currently under construction. Once complete, Prelude FLNG will be the largest floating facility ever built. It will unlock new energy resources offshore and produce approximately 3.6 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas per annum to meet growing demand.

    Now that is a boat!

  • 3
    Otiose
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:12 am | Permalink

    NEWS Digest Update 4/12 Nett_NEWS by Otiose – Classified & Query_Able by Topic http://bit.ly/1aQcqOy

  • 4
    frednk
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:12 am | Permalink

    The interesting statistic re maths score. We are still above the OECD average.

  • 5
    Jaeger
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:32 am | Permalink

    briefly – some more details of the Shell Prelude (it’s not a bulk carrier as the picture at the top of the other page might suggest):

    http://www.shell.com.au/aboutshell/who-we-are/shell-au/operations/upstream/prelude.html

  • 6
    briefly
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:39 am | Permalink

    5...Jaeger

    Awesome bit of engineering

  • 7
    BK
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:43 am | Permalink

    Good morning Dawn Patrollers.
    Jacqueline Maley is unimpressed with Abbott and some of his mates.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/parliamentary-sittings-scrooge-abbott-might-be-in-for-a-surprise-20131203-2yotu.html
    George Brandis SC A-G DH will handle this admirably.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/asio-raids-office-of-lawyer-bernard-collaery-over-east-timor-spy-claim-20131203-2yoxq.html
    Turnbull sort of defends the ABC from attacks by his colleagues.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/turnbull-defends-abc-but-colleagues-want-to-preach-it-a-lesson-20131203-2yotw.html
    Michael Gordon callout Morriscum on TPVs.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/cruel-unfair-punishment-that-will-not-work-20131203-2you5.html
    Actually Christine Milne’s proposal to abolish the debt ceiling and to schedule a debate on debt level justification four times per year sounds a good one. I can’t see Sloppy and Abbott agreeing though.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/treasurer-joe-hockeys-88b-rba-topup-bid-draws-scrutiny-over-debt-ceiling-20131203-2yoq1.html
    Read this and weep. More back door taxation and pharmacists’ profits at our expense.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/medicine-prices-are-a-bitter-pill-to-swallow-20131203-2yoj6.html
    Kathryn Greiner is going to be a real burr under Abbott’s and Pyne’s saddles.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/community-has-lost-faith-with-tony-abbott-on-education-says-gonski-panel-member-kathryn-greiner-20131203-2ync4.html
    Alan Moir on fire with Gonski. Also hit the arrow to the next cartoon.
    http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/federal-politics/cartoons/alan-moir-20090907-fdxk.html
    David Pope with another ripper.
    http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/federal-politics/cartoons/david-pope-20120214-1t3j0.html
    Abbott really gets under Ron Tandberg’s skin.
    http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/federal-politics/cartoons/ron-tandberg-20090910-fixc.html
    David Rowe returns to his often used nautical theme to serve it up to Abbott and his motley crew.
    http://www.afr.com/p/national/cartoon_gallery_david_rowe_1g8WHy9urgOIQrWQ0IrkdO

  • 8
    briefly
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:46 am | Permalink

    http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/1949859/australian-prime-minister-tony-abbott-threatens-tougher-action-on-asylum-seekers-after-losing-parliamentary-vote/

    Abbott is going the whole bully.

  • 9
    briefly
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:54 am | Permalink

    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/asio-raids-office-of-lawyer-bernard-collaery-over-east-timor-spy-claim-20131203-2yoxq.html

    We have a bunch of gangsters for a government.

  • 10
    Greensborough Growler
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:58 am | Permalink

    briefly,

    The big bad wolf will huff and puff until he blows all those AS boats back to Indonesia.

  • 11
    briefly
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:59 am | Permalink

    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/dec/03/greg-hunt-defends-scrapping-carbon-pricing-saying-direct-action-will-work

    how to waste time and money…brought to us by Abbott and his gang

  • 12
    BK
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:59 am | Permalink

    And from the Land of the Free -

    How can it come to this?
    http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2013/12/03/guilty-of-waiting-for-the-school-bus-while-black/
    http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/david/houston-cops-handcuff-and-take-13-year-old
    Some cartoons on the Repugs’ attitude to the poor.
    http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2013/12/03/cartoons-day-gop-poor/
    And, like clockwork, FoxNews’ Bill O’Reilly comes on about the “War on Christmas”.
    http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2013/12/03/video-bill-oreilly-warns-war-christmas-upon-us/
    Mike Papantonio on the continuing influence the religious right has on the Republicans.
    http://www.democraticunderground.com/1017162478

  • 13
    sprocket_
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:00 am | Permalink

    The Government Gazette is in full arse-covering mode today.

    However this Bill Leek cartoon slipped through. Does he know something?

    http://resources2.news.com.au/images/2013/12/04/1226774/471222-131204-leak.jpg

  • 14
    briefly
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:01 am | Permalink

    GG, he’s looking less and less in control of events – and of himself – every week. It’s a troubling spectacle.

  • 15
    CTar1
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:01 am | Permalink

    The FLNG facility itself will be 488m long and 74m wide, and when fully loaded will weigh around 600,000 tonnes - roughly six times as much as the largest aircraft carrier. Some 260,000 tonnes of that weight will consist of steel - around five times more than was used to build the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

    !!!!!!

  • 16
    briefly
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:03 am | Permalink

    13..sprocket

    You must have a strong constitution, sprocket. I can’t face the GG – makes me ill.

  • 17
    BK
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:05 am | Permalink

    sprocket_
    What a cracker of a cartoon from Bill Leak. It says plenty about little Christopher, doesn’t it!

  • 18
    Greensborough Growler
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    BK,

    Pyne has not had enough. His nose is not bleeding!

  • 19
    sprocket_
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:10 am | Permalink

    yes, Pyne’s brazen cockiness is quite breathtaking. I think he should be targetted more in QT as he is likely to dissemble under his hubris.

    For example yesterday, he let slip that there was no detail in the “national agreement” he was trumpeting, and his officials and those from Qld, NT and WA would “work through the detail”. In one careless remark, he has opened the door to his political chicanery being exposed more.

  • 20
    don
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    Captain Sobriety is back in charge of the OP.

    That Louie da Fly substitute skipper was given the Flick.

    On the other hand, they did pick up some AS, 8 hours ago:

    gordonthomsonci gordonthomsonci @gordonthomsonci 8h
    StateSecret#21 Xmas Is 4.30pm 32 mid-east male asylumseekers picked up by Ocean Protector from SIEV 866 Speculation 12 boats out there.

  • 21
    Rossmore
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    Gotta laugh….
    https://twitter.com/chrismurphys/status/407960699525021696

  • 22
    Bushfire Bill
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:14 am | Permalink

    Heh… Libs negotiating with the Greens.

    Sounds like horse-trading going on too, re. goss v. nett debt, forward estimate period, justification of debt before it’s permitted etc.

    I thought they weren’t going to do any deals with the Greens?

    This one sounds like a doozy.

  • 23
    Bushfire Bill
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:18 am | Permalink

    yes, Pyne’s brazen cockiness is quite breathtaking. I think he should be targetted more in QT as he is likely to dissemble under his hubris.

    Pyne (and the rest of them actually) are carrying on as if parliament is a high school debating forum.

    They make cheap points, sledge-off Labor, tell exaggerated lies, call people names etc., as if they trying to score points for wit rather than wisdom. They’re playing it for the entertainment value.

    All very good and so on, but I thought they promised a more serious Question Time, and parliament in general.

  • 24
    don
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:24 am | Permalink

    CI is 4 hours behind EDT, so those 32 AS were delivered to CI about 8.30 pm EDT.

  • 25
    Jackol
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:26 am | Permalink

    “What will realistically be achieved if the government promises something four decades hence?” Hunt said. “It doesn’t actually mean anything.”

    That, in a nutshell, sums up everything that is wrong about what the current government thinks about climate change action.

    Yes, significant structural change to the economy needs to be tackled in manageable steps, and yes Australian governments can’t really say too much about what is guaranteed since the next government, or the one after that, or the one after that can come in and “change it all”.

    But climate change is something to be tackled over decades. There needs to be an overall goal – and most people have accepted that an almost entire elimination of GHG emission by 2050 has to be that goal. Without that goal, the steps we take now have no context, no point.

    If you don’t see the 2050 or beyond goal, then of course minor cuts by 2020 seem arbitrary and meaningless. No wonder the LNP can’t even contemplate why 5% by 2020 is inadequate – there is nothing to compare it against in their minds, because there is no contemplation of what has to happen by 2050.

    They’ve fixated on the 2020 commitment to the exclusion of all else. No wonder they can’t see why (or refuse to admit why) Direct Action is a red herring, wasting the precious time we need to begin genuine economic restructuring.

  • 26
    Socrates
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    Morning all, and thanks BK. The reality of Abbott emerging even despite the press minding shows what a brilliant job Credlin did of hiding his nature before the election. She can’t hide it in office though.

    Abbott is going the whole bully.

    It is all he knows. A bully is what he IS.

  • 27
    poroti
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    don @20

    .......picked up by Ocean Protector from SIEV 866 Speculation 12 boats out there.

    Perhaps that explains the morteined fly course ? Checking on all boats.

  • 28
    don
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    poroti@27

    don @20


    …….picked up by Ocean Protector from SIEV 866 Speculation 12 boats out there.


    Perhaps that explains the morteined fly course ? Checking on all boats.

    Yes.

    I reckon we should assume in future that any weird boat gyrations are the OP picking up AS from boats, checking on floating wreckage or picking up swimmers.

    Realistically, there is no reason to do loop-de-loops, apart from giving us something to think about!

  • 29
    Greensborough Growler
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:41 am | Permalink

    At least someone is prepared to give Pyne the benefit of the doubt!

    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/christopher-pyne-the-joker-in-pack-could-bring-down-tony-abbott-20131203-2yof5.html

  • 30
    BK
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    don and poroti
    The Good Ship Blowfly is back on east/west oscillations by the look of it.

  • 31
    Socrates
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    There is finally coverage of the fact that Australia has slipped a lot in education rankings in the recent PISA tests. The results were actually released a while ago, but now ACER has done a report on the report journalists are taking notice.

    The 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) measures the mathematics, reading and science skills of half a million 15-year-olds from around the world.

    It found Australian teens placed equal 17th in maths, equal 10th in reading and equal 8th in science.

    Asian countries like China, Singapore, Korea and Japan are pulling ahead of Australian students in maths and reading.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-12-03/australian-students-slipping-behind-in-maths-reading/5132526

    I would love to see a repot on how much of our education budget is wasted on a huge education bureaucracy of administrators and policy “experts”, many of whom have never seen the inside of a classroom in decades, if ever. Less policy, less reporting, fewer administrators, and better wages to a smaller number of better trained teachers is what we need, Gonski or not. Many of the nations that outperform us spend less.

  • 32
    BK
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:49 am | Permalink

    GG
    I missed that one this morning. It is a great hatchet job on the universally scorned Pyne.

  • 33
    Steve777
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:49 am | Permalink

    Cori – maybe the ABC wouldn’t ‘crowd out’ the commercial broadcasters if they didn’t broadcast crap.

  • 34
    BK
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    Steve777
    Precisely!

  • 35
    Socrates
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    It is hard to imagine how the investigation into Grocon and the Swanston Street wall collapse could have gone slower. From an engineering viewpoint, the cause of the failure is obvious. I am not a lawyer, but I do not understand why charges have not already been laid. Obstructing justice is also a crime.

    Construction giant Grocon faces stinging criticism for obstructing investigations into the collapse of a brick wall in Swanston Street that killed three young pedestrians in March.
    Fairfax Media understands the coroner is expected to raise the company's failure to provide information on key aspects of the inquiry at a public hearing on Wednesday morning.

    http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/grocon-facing-criticism-over-swanston-street-wall-collapse-20131203-2yotc.html#ixzz2mRmzy52T

    If a lawyer out there wanted to do some good, they could represent the families of the deceased to sue Grocon and the site managers. The police waiting for Grocon to supply information means it is not going anywhere. They should have searched Grocon’s offices a few days after the collapse.

  • 36
    Greensborough Growler
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    Abbott and his cronies open another front.

    http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/prime-minister-tony-abbotts-plan-to-claw-back-3-billion-in-family-and-welfare-payments/story-fnihsrf2-1226773756241

  • 37
    Bushfire Bill
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    This is fantastic stuff. A crew member of a tug that capsized survived three days in an air pocket.

    South African divers went down to retrieve bodies. Imagine their surprise when a hand reached out of the darkness and grabbed one of them!

    This is a 14 minute video showing diver “Nico” being guided through the ship by his controller on the surface. They have a two-way umbilical with voice, video and (I guess air). Nico speaks like a chipmunk because he’s breathing helium, due to the depth of the dive…

    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=51e_1385934620

    If you want to cut to the chase, the action starts around 5:15.

    Worth watching for the calmness and professionalism of the dive crew, and the look on the face of the rescued guy when he sees a monster with a light and a camera on its head come up out of the water.

    The man was in total darkness for three days. All he could hear was fishes eating his fellow crew members’ bodies. He was the only survivor.

  • 38
    victoria
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    Morning bludgers

    Thanks to all for today’s offering. This piece takes the prize for absolutely nailing Prissy. Ouch

    Pyne appears incapable of perceiving how ridiculous his assertions of superior process actually are. When even the thinnest twig hits a calm pool, it sets off ripples. That's Pyne. The perception that he's shallow, superficial and trivial has now become political reality. Everything that's occurred since he became minister simply reinforces this perception. It actually doesn't matter if he's very, very clever; many people already suspect he's not.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/christopher-pyne-the-joker-in-pack-could-bring-down-tony-abbott-20131203-2yof5.html#ixzz2mRq9cfol

  • 39
    confessions
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    Morning all.

    Another day, another Barnett backflip.
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-12-03/gov-backflips-on-avonlink-scrapping/5132638?section=wa

    Although this one is at least welcomed by those affected. But it took the arking up of affected residents and a petition to be presented to the Treasurer.

  • 40
    Steve777
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    Just listening to Cori Bernadi on Radio National now and on previous occasions. He differs from so many other Coalition spokespeople when discussing controversial matters in that he doesn’t bluster like Joe Hockey or Scott Morrison; he doesn’t get angry or hysterical like Christopher Pyne; unlike Tony Abbott he can string together a proper sentence. He’s gone right through the whole interview without bagging the other side or assassinating characters. He can come across sounding calm and reasonable when he wants to and is likely to be all the more persuasive for it. I expect the the Coalition will make more use of him in future and he’ll soon be on the Coalition front bench. Given that his view on so many matters, including climate change and social matters like gay marriage, are on the extremist fringes of the Coalition, this man is dangerous.

  • 41
    BK
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    “I was more interesterd in their respect than their love.”
    Keating in response to O’Brien’s statement that many people “hated his guts.”

  • 42
    victoria
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    It was quite funny to see how Abbott’s threat to continue parliamentary sittings into xmas was received by Labor. What did Abbott expect? Labor to have a tantrum. What a joker

    Manager of opposition business Tony Burke released a statement saying Labor was ready if Mr Abbott wanted to bring back the Parliament.
    ''Labor MPs have their sleeves rolled up ready to work. It's extraordinary the PM thinks that he needs to manufacture a crisis situation for his members of Parliament to turn up to work,'' he said.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/tony-abbott-threatens-to-make-mps-sit-through-christmas-abc-attacked-in-coalition-meeting-20131203-2ynlg.html#ixzz2mRslNgSs

  • 43
    leone
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    About the latest arivals on Christmas Island –

    There’s this thought, from Boat Leaks on Facebook-
    ‘While there are 32 reported arrivals there is no guarantee that all are from a single vessel. Any further arrivals will, I predict, be landed after 9am WST Friday so as to be “On Water Operations” at the next press conference. There is no certainty that the number of vessels reported will be correct.’
    https://www.facebook.com/boat.leaks

    OP has now resumed its old, boring, back-and-forth course.

  • 44
    confessions
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    BK:

    Keating’s final statement last night as the interview closed was one of the best I’ve heard him make.

    What a shame that we no longer have political leaders with such vision and an ability to articulate that vision to people.

  • 45
    confessions
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    It's extraordinary the PM thinks that he needs to manufacture a crisis situation for his members of Parliament to turn up to work,'' he said.

    The govt look out of control, while the opposition just look calm and collected.

  • 46
    BK
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    confessions
    Keating was superb.

  • 47
    victoria
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    Confessions

    I am curious to see what if anything Labor say on Brandis ordering raid of Lawyer’s office in the Timor Leste matter

  • 48
    guytaur
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    Good Morning

    Confessions

    An astute observation. It will be worse for them today with the spy gate heating up. No wonder its now they chose to attack the ABC and Guardian

  • 49
    leone
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    Abbott can have parliament sit every day from now until 30 June next year but it won’t help. His damned repeal bills have been knocked back by the senate and they won’t be changing their votes.

    Abbott seems to have forgotten, if he ever knew, that the senate sets its own sitting dates. They won’t be there after 12 December to pass or reject anything, they won’t be back until 11 February next year.

    Abbott, as usual, is talking through his arse.

  • 50
    confessions
    Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    An open letter from Carl Bernstein to the editor of the Guardian, who is appearing before a parliamentary committee over that paper publishing the Snowden leaks.
    http://www.theguardian.com/media/2013/dec/03/open-letter-carl-bernstein-alan-rusbridger

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