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Seat of the week: Wright

Because nothing says Merry Christmas like a review of a safe-ish conservative seat in south-eastern Queensland.

Wright was created at the 2010 election as the latest new seat to be gained by Queensland as part of its ongoing population boom, taking on territory from the Gold Coast electorates of McPherson, Moncrieff and Fadden together with rural areas out to the New South Wales border, which had previously been in Forde and to a smaller extent Rankin. The Gold Coast area had historically been covered by Moreton and later by McPherson and Moncrieff, which were respectively created with the enlargements of parliament in 1949 and 1984, while the north-western areas were covered by Darling Downs and its successor Groom after 1984.

The electorate is lacking a clear centre, combining the inland edge of the Gold Coast and Brisbane’s southern hinterland, Warrego Highway towns to the east of Toowoomba, and rural territory in between. All of its component areas have traditionally been solid for the conservatives, but double-digit swings in Forde and Blair at the 2007 election gave the seat a relatively modest notional Liberal/Nationals margin of 4.8% going into the 2010 election. This has since been boosted by successive swings of 6.4% and 1.7% at the 2010 and 2013 elections.

Wright has been held since its inception by Scott Buchholz, who had previously been chief-of-staff to Barnaby Joyce. Although his background was with the Nationals, the seat had been reserved for the Liberals under the terms of Liberal National Party merger and he sits in the Liberal party room in Canberra. The LNP’s original choice for the seat had been Hajnal Ban, a Logan City councillor who ran for the Nationals in for Forde at the 2007 election. However, Ban was dumped for failing to disclose Civil and Administrative Tribunal action against her over her use of power-of-attorney over the finances of an elderly former council colleague, for which a conviction was recorded against her in 2012. An unsuccessful contender at both preselections was Cameron Thompson, who held Blair for the Liberals from 1998 until his defeat in 2007. Buchholz attained the position of government whip following the election of the Abbott government in September 2013.

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  • 251
    Steve777
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    Surpised this piece on J Bishop claiming huge travel expenses to West Coast Eagles games hasnt got more coverage….

    If it had been Julia Gillard or any Labor frontbencher it would have. Really, that needs to be given maximum possible coverage. Julie Bishop (insert disparaging Indonesian word) apparently organising her Parliamentary business to fit in with her other job. Maybe we should take opportunities to bombard the comment pages in the Murdoch shitsheets with it.

  • 252
    ruawake
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    Remember last year,

    A storm has broken out on social media as the Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey used the occasion of the Prime Minister going to visit her widowed mother for Christmas as an attack on her leadership and her courage.

  • 253
    AussieAchmed
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BcZqi1LCMAAmF6F.jpg

    Brooksy ‏@wrb330 9m
    The @TonyAbbottMHR destruction effect…what an asshole…

  • 254
    mexicanbeemer
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    On matters of people remembering the events of the second world war and whilst it is slightly off-track but there are still some who hate the current generation for the events of some 70 years ago.

    A few years ago the Victorian Government banned tourist buses from Swanston Street in Melbourne after a tragic accident where a young cyclist was run over.

    A few months later i was waiting to cross Swanston Street and there was a tourist bus and i just happen to say what it doing there they were suppose to be banned.

    Some bloke in his 40s remarked

    Yeah after what they did in the second world war they shouldn’t be here.

    I took a look at him, smiled and kept walking.

  • 255
    mexicanbeemer
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    Hopefully Tone whilst in Europe gets out and sees what a crap economy looks like and thinks about it rather than his current silly policy settings.

  • 256
    AussieAchmed
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    mexicanbeemer

    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    Hopefully Tone whilst in Europe gets out and sees what a crap economy looks like and thinks about it rather than his current silly policy settings.
    ===========================================

    He’ll just blame Labor.

  • 257
    zoidlord
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    @MB/255

    His Treasurer has already been to UK, “The Age of Entitlement” speach, remember? I think Tony was there as well, not sure.

    It was then Opposition Leader Tony Abbott who agreed with the Changes to Disability Pensioners that Labor proposed (under Gillard).

    It’s Mutual Obligation for the Rich.

  • 258
    bemused
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    mexicanbeemer@254

    On matters of people remembering the events of the second world war and whilst it is slightly off-track but there are still some who hate the current generation for the events of some 70 years ago.

    A few years ago the Victorian Government banned tourist buses from Swanston Street in Melbourne after a tragic accident where a young cyclist was run over.

    A few months later i was waiting to cross Swanston Street and there was a tourist bus and i just happen to say what it doing there they were suppose to be banned.

    Some bloke in his 40s remarked

    Yeah after what they did in the second world war they shouldn’t be here.

    I took a look at him, smiled and kept walking.

    All the more bizarre as the tourists were probably not Japanese. :|

    Just an expression of general racism I suspect.

  • 259
    CTar1
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

    aa

    Yep – He’ll take a look at a very small part of France and say it’s the Lefts fault.

    (ps – I wonder if Fran has found he vowels?)

  • 260
    mexicanbeemer
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

    Bemused

    True i watched the bus pass and it was a mixture of Asians and non-Asian looking people.

  • 261
    bemused
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

    mexicanbeemer@260

    Bemused

    True i watched the bus pass and it was a mixture of Asians and non-Asian looking people.

    I thin the largest sources of tourists is now China, a country which suffered grievously at the hands of the Japanese in WWII.

    But facts don’t bother racist bogans.

  • 262
    poroti
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    bemused

    But facts don’t bother racist bogans.

    What happened back in the 1980′s re the Gold Coast and the Japanese property “invasion” still tickles my funny bone . There was a wave of OMFG the Japanese are taking over . Usual racist crap. Oh the horror that there were signs in shops written in Japanese for the tourists and all that. The punch line on the joke was that it turned out that the foreign types who actually owned the most property were bloody kiwis :)

  • 263
    Kinkajou
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    Cosgrove may not want to get any on him…something nasty would have to rub off the yabbotts

  • 264
    bemused
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    poroti@262

    bemused


    But facts don’t bother racist bogans.


    What happened back in the 1980′s re the Gold Coast and the Japanese property “invasion” still tickles my funny bone . There was a wave of OMFG the Japanese are taking over . Usual racist crap. Oh the horror that there were signs in shops written in Japanese for the tourists and all that. The punch line on the joke was that it turned out that the foreign types who actually owned the most property were bloody kiwis

    Didn’t a lot of Japanese investors come a cropper and loose a lot on various developments?

  • 265
    mexicanbeemer
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    It is funny where some people get some of their ideas, an elderly relative once tried to tell me that all of Asia supported the Japaneses which of course we know and i image it would have been known in the 1940s that it was never the case.

  • 266
    poroti
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    bemused

    Didn’t a lot of Japanese investors come a cropper and loose a lot on various developments?

    Buggered if I know but there are still shed loads of kiwis there. Mega loads bought properties as their retirement pads back then. Another strange thing at the time ,before the 1987 crash, was that the largest owners of Sydney CBD properties were Kiwis. My how times change.

  • 267
    mexicanbeemer
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    Many were burnt in the crash and recession of the early 1990s.

  • 268
    poroti
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    mexicanbeemer

    an elderly relative once tried to tell me that all of Asia supported the Japanese

    Actually in many ways quite an understandable attitude. The Japanese used as a fig leaf the story they were liberating “Asians” from the very real presence of the European colonial powers. It is/was a very plausible story if not in reality. Just as so many Ukrainians supported the Germans because they thought the Germans would liberate them from the Russians.

  • 269
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

    Some will recall the sad saga of the Multi-Function Polis (MFP), which some Japanese companies wanted to build on the Gold Coast. It got moved to Adelaide to help prop up the SA Labor government. The Japanese weren’t very keen on that but were still willing to go ahead. Then Peacock ran a shameless xenophobic anti-Japanese campaign about “ethnic enclaves” at the 1990 election, and the Japanese pulled out.

  • 270
    poroti
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    Psephos

    Interesting that it was originally slated for the Gold Coast. I had only ever heard of it being a S.A. project.

  • 271
    bemused
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    Psephos@269

    Some will recall the sad saga of the Multi-Function Polis (MFP), which some Japanese companies wanted to build on the Gold Coast. It got moved to Adelaide to help prop up the SA Labor government. The Japanese weren’t very keen on that but were still willing to go ahead. Then Peacock ran a shameless xenophobic anti-Japanese campaign about “ethnic enclaves” at the 1990 election, and the Japanese pulled out.

    I never understood what it was supposed to be.
    Care to enlighten me?

  • 272
    feeney
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    Cosgrove IS the next GG. It was, of course, leaked to Sheridan to run it.

    The only thing necessary now is for the Queen agreeing to the appointment (which of course she will) and then Abbott will take centre stage, probably around Australia Day, to officially announce it.

    He’s a perfect Tory, regular Liberal Party fund raisers attendee, Queen lover, and likes to project an image of one of the boys.

    He is strongly approved by Flint and Jones – another two Queen lovers.

  • 273
    CTar1
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    I never understood what it was supposed to be.

    Me either and I read more than a couple of Cabinet Submissions on the MFP.

  • 274
    bemused
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    CTar1@273


    I never understood what it was supposed to be.


    Me either and I read more than a couple of Cabinet Submissions on the MFP.

    I think in the end only Barry Jones understood it. And no-one understood Barry. :|

  • 275
    Kinkajou
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    Cosgrove IS the next GG.

    Perfect man for the colonial administration….putting the general back in GG

  • 276
    poroti
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    I never understood what it was supposed to be.

    Not surprising. When the idea kicked off fuackness of the times meant that the value of Tokyo’s land exceeded that of the land value of the entire US of A. It was a time where multi generational home loans. From my unreliable memory a lot of the scheme was about older Japanese selling their relative “hovels” in Tokyo to take up a luxury life over here.

  • 277
    Puff, the Magic Dragon.
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

    I never understood the multi-function polis either but I thought it was something to do with technology.

  • 278
    Puff, the Magic Dragon.
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    I don’t remember anything about Japanese living here.

  • 279
    Centre
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    So Abbott actually said that Gillard should have been working through Christmas instead of spending time with her grieving mother?

    So let me ask what Abbott should be doing instead of going on holidays to France for 4 weeks within less than 4 months of being in the job?

    Abbott is already having a bludge.

    What a disgrace!

    What a misfit for a Prime Minister!

    The real question that should be asked is how long does the Liberal Party intent to continue with charade of Abbott PM?

  • 280
    Steve777
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    The multifunction polis was basically a glorified business park, focused on technology.

  • 281
    mikehilliard
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    Yuletide greetings Bludger’s

    Cosgrove is just another war mongering catholic the likes of which we have come to expect from this Guvmint. I don’t think he gets much support from his own Church….

    Catholic anti-war and social justice activists and members of the Catholic Worker from Brisbane and New Zealand gathered to show opposition to the elevation of unapologetic Iraq war General, Peter Cosgrove at a function in Brisbane on Tuesday night. Cosgrove was elevated to the position of Chancellor of Australian Catholic University in 2010 and was awarded a papal knighthood by Cardinal George Pell earlier this year.

    http://indymedia.org.au/2013/05/01/iraq-war-general-peter-cosgrove-confronted-by-catholic-worker-activists-at-brisbane-event

  • 282
    Centre
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

    So Bishop has claimed expenses on the taxpayer for going to watch the West Coast Eagles?

    She should be jailed for stealing!

  • 283
    mikehilliard
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

    I wonder if Sheridan will call Cosgrove on “politicising and misusing the office” as he did with Quentin?

  • 284
    Steve777
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

    I wonder if Sheridan will call Cosgrove on “politicising and misusing the office” as he did with Quentin?

    Only if he strays from the path of tory righteousness.

  • 285
    confessions
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    I thought it was Shanahan who had the Cosgrove-for-GG story in the Oz this morning, not Sheridan? The article I read about it was certainly written by Shanahan.

  • 286
    bemused
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    confessions@285

    I thought it was Shanahan who had the Cosgrove-for-GG story in the Oz this morning, not Sheridan? The article I read about it was certainly written by Shanahan.

    Correct!

  • 287
    mikehilliard
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    I’ve enjoyed Quentin as GG. She must have been barfing swearing in the latest lot. The job profile is beyond me but at a guess it is be nice to all & smile a lot – good job Quentin. Not quite a military pro forma for old Cos.

  • 288
    Bugler
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    Bemused @110,

    I’m not disagreeing with you in relation to the Kennett Government. I started school in a semi-rural area the year he was booted out and my mum works in public hospitals, including the prison and psych wards, so have on many occasions been enlightened about his reign.

    Which reminds me about how the current state government thought they’d “caught” the Paramedics union out with regards to ramping at Frankston hospital. From what I’m being told, there was absolutely no need to fabricate it as it happens at every hospital, all the time.

    And on racist bogans… yup. It is quite difficult to diffuse a situation once someone comes out with crap like that. Do you politely correct them, make a joke or just ignore it.

  • 289
    confessions
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

    mikeh:

    In my view Bryce has been the classiest GG we’ve had since William Dean.

    The others have either been bland as bland boring, or scandalously inappropriate.

  • 290
    bemused
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    Bugler@288

    Bemused @110,

    I’m not disagreeing with you in relation to the Kennett Government. I started school in a semi-rural area the year he was booted out and my mum works in public hospitals, including the prison and psych wards, so have on many occasions been enlightened about his reign.

    Which reminds me about how the current state government thought they’d “caught” the Paramedics union out with regards to ramping at Frankston hospital. From what I’m being told, there was absolutely no need to fabricate it as it happens at every hospital, all the time.

    And on racist bogans… yup. It is quite difficult to diffuse a situation once someone comes out with crap like that. Do you politely correct them, make a joke or just ignore it.

    The ambulance ramping to which you refer has been going on as long as I can remember and certainly was common during the term of the last Labor State Govt.

    I recall it being discussed on the ALP Health Policy Committee when there were claims of the need for more ambulances to address waiting times. So I pointed out the problem was no a shortages of ambulances, but so many being tied up waiting to unload at hospitals.

    I am not sure my observation was welcomed by the union representing ambulance drivers. :(

    But if you attack the wrong problem, you will not sort things out.

  • 291
    deblonay
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 11:17 pm | Permalink

    The Jap PM spoils the show
    ________________________

    Just when some are trying to make the Japs sound really good friends as Abbott says they are ……their neoifascist-militarist loving PM Abe goes and spoils the whole lovefest by visiting the Tokio Shrine where the major war criminals ashes were interred after the post-war war-crimes trials

    What would be said if Angela Merkel visted the graves of Himmler or Goering(if they were available for viewing)

    I can imaagine there would be tumult from many and howls from the Israelis and their friends on PB …and all justifiable too …..But will the Australian Govt protest over a man who is actually PM of Japan paying homager to war criminals…even the most slavish followers of US policy in the region should baulk at that !

    On a visit to Japan some years ago it struck me that the only mentions of WW2 in Japan are the US bombimng of Horoshima and Nagasaki
    The Museaum in Horoshima has no context as to why Japan was the subject of such an event

    We had a young Jap woman guide who knew very little about the events of 1941 and after… and some of us took it upon ourselves to inform her very clearly when possible of many events she seemed to know nothing of…despite the fact that some on the tour though we were a bit insistent and over the top

    Well today’s visit says it all…and hopefully it will be another incident which will increase public dislike of any plans to support Japan in the region

  • 292
    mikehilliard
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    fess

    Cool outfits, my old fashioned mama was telling me she must have spent a motza on her clothes!!!! but she loves her.

  • 293
    Bugler
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

    Bemused,

    I am not sure my observation was welcomed by the union representing ambulance drivers. :(

    That’s surprising, considering they’re concerned about it now. From what I’ve been told it’s more to do with a beds shortage, though mum has only worked in ICU for some time now and my sister works in Theatre, so don’t see the “action” as much.

  • 294
    bemused
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    Bugler@293

    Bemused,


    I am not sure my observation was welcomed by the union representing ambulance drivers.


    That’s surprising, considering they’re concerned about it now. From what I’ve been told it’s more to do with a beds shortage, though mum has only worked in ICU for some time now and my sister works in Theatre, so don’t see the “action” as much.

    Yes, it seems they have had a change of heart.

    More ambulances will decrease waiting times for ambulances, until the number of the increase are added to the queues at hospitals. It is not the answer. Fast turn-around of ambulances at hospitals is.

    But that can only happen if the hospitals are staffed and equipped to the required level and there is no blockage in the hospital system where people who should not be there are taking up beds.

    It is not a simple problem.

  • 295
    deblonay
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

    Mexican B 254
    _____________
    It’s not to hold the present generation guilty for the immense crimes commited by the Japs in WW2…think the Rape of Nanking/Changi/The Burma Railway and countless other events commited by an army even more barbourous if such… comparison is possible ,,,with the Nazis

    But what we have to deplore if that the PM…Yes the PM of Japan..and some of his cabinet went yesterday to pay homage to war criminals..and will survive in his office without major criticism,,,would that be possible in Germany today ?

  • 296
    silentmajority
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

    Where are the LNP supporters in the last couple of days?

    Perhaps their paymaster doesn’t do OT or public holidays?

    Just sayin…

  • 297
    confessions
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

    mikeh:

    It’s also the way she conducts herself. Like Dean, there isn’t a breath of arrogance or superiority about her.

  • 298
    geoffrey
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

    Boerwar
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 9:22 am | PERMALINK
    There are four good reasons why Cosgrove is a terrible choice for GG.

    (2) Cosgrove has been closely identified with our foreign and generally failed military adventurism. Absolutely the very last thing that Australia needs for a GG is another uniform. There should be no future for Australians in uniform beyond continental defence. The days of foreign adventurism in places like Vietnam (now doing joint naval training with the US), Iraq (7,000 violent deaths a year and Al Qaeda well-established after the war is supposed to have been ‘won’), and in Afghanistan, the Taliban (and even worse successor organisations) is simply waiting for us to retreat. What we do need, in the complete absence of this sort of leadership from the Abbott Government, is a civilian with vision and leadership qualities. Australia has to do a vast civil makeover. We are bereft of a common vision. We sweat the little things but ignore the big things. We need to rejig completely our relations with Indonesia. We have a vast economic re-setting to do – decarbonising the economy, exiting our various mine holes, working with an ageing population, and coping with AGW.

    (3) Cosgrove was in Vietnam at a time when it is highly likely that war crimes were committed. This is NOT to say that Cosgrove himself was involved. But we need a Royal Commission into Australian war crimes in the Vietnam War and that would be very difficult if the GG was there at the time.

    There are persistent and pervasive signals of wounded Vietnamese being shot in the field. There are the black ops – essentially targetted murders without benefit of judicial processes. There was the torture of Australian-captured prisoners at times within sight and sound of Australian troops and probably routine out of sight and sound.

    (4) At a time when our relations with Indonesia are at an historical low ebb, choosing Cosgrove, who is heavility associated with the Indonesian loss of East Timor, will almost certainly be viewed as a deliberate and targetted snub by many Indonesias.

    Is Cosgrove really the best Australia can do?

    ——i agree 100%. perhaps cosgrove picked solely to get up nose of indonesians. cosgrove’s sole claim to fame is timor, right? it’s akin to wilson on human rights

    abbott is a clown making fun of everyone including cosgrove. he still like trashing and wrecking as he did to women’s meetings in 70′s at SU. he knows no moderation. 300 days – may the force be with the current GG

  • 299
    Bugler
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

    Bemused,

    Again, I agree. Why the Paramedics Union (I can’t completely remember what it’s called, I just know they’re not part of the ANMF) would have opposed looking beyond more ambulances is beyond me. It would only make their jobs harder, surely.

  • 300
    bemused
    Posted Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

    Bugler@299

    Bemused,

    Again, I agree. Why the Paramedics Union (I can’t completely remember what it’s called, I just know they’re not part of the ANMF) would have opposed looking beyond more ambulances is beyond me. It would only make their jobs harder, surely.

    More ambulances = more members.

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