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Nov 4, 2013

Seat of the week: Bowman

Covering Brisbane's coastal outer south, Andrew Laming's seat of Bowman came within 64 votes of falling to Labor under Kevin Rudd in 2007, before going dramatically the other way as part of the statewide backlash three years later.

Bowman covers Brisbane’s coastal outer south from Thorneside through Capalaba and Sheldon to Redland Bay, and extends across the southern part of Moreton Bay to North Stradbroke Island. It has existed in name since 1949, but did not include any of its current territory until 1969, instead being based in Brisbane’s inner south-east. The 1969 redistribution caused the redrawn electorate to extend from the mouths of the Brisbane River in the north to the Logan River in the south, the latter also marking the Bowman’s southern extremity today. The area now covered by Bowman began to acquire its suburban character at around this time. With the redistribution of 1977, the southern part of the electorate came to be accommodated by the newly created electorate of Fadden. Bowman’s present dimensions were established when its northern neighbour Bonner was created to accommodate the Wynnum-Manly area at the 2004 election, setting Thorneside as the northern extremity of Bowman.

Bowman in its various permutations has been a marginal seat for most of its history, having been held by the Liberals throughout the Menzies and Holt years outside of a win by Labor as part of its near-victory at the 1961 election. It next changed hands with the big swing to Labor under Gough Whitlam’s leadership in 1969, and would henceforth go with the government of the day until 1998. Leonard Keogh held the seat for Labor from 1969 to 1975 and again after 1983, and also contested unsuccessfully in 1977 and 1980. Keogh was defeated for preselection in 1987 by Con Sciacca, who lost the seat to Liberal candidate Andrea West in 1996 before winning it back again in 1998. The Liberal member during the Fraser years was David Jull, who re-emerged as member for Fadden in 1984.

The reorganisation caused by the creation of Bonner in 2004 boosted the Liberal margin in Bowman by 4.4%, prompting Sciacca to unsuccessfully try his hand in Bonner. Bowman meanwhile was won by Liberal candidate Andrew Laming, an ophthalmologist and World Bank health consultant who added a solid 5.9% to the notional Liberal margin of 3.0%. Laming spent much of 2007 under the shadow of the “printgate” affair, in which he was investigated for allegedly claiming $67,000 to print campaign material for state election candidates, before being cleared two months before the election. After rumblings that the affair might cost him his preselection, Laming survived an 8.9% swing to Labor at the 2007 election to hold on by 64 votes. He had a much easier time of it in 2010, his 10.4% swing being strong even by the standards of Queensland at that election. There was a correction in Labor’s favour of 1.5% at the 2013 election, going slightly against the trend of a 1.3% statewide swing to the Liberal National Party.

Laming was promoted to the position of shadow parliamentary secretary for regional health services and indigenous health after the 2010 election, but was dropped after the Abbott government came to power.

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BK
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BK
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Section 2 . . .

I don’t think Wacka will run away from this one.
http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/nationals-senator-john-williams-ramps-up-warnings-over-graincorp-sale-20131105-2wyer.html
MUST SEE!! Alan Moir has clearly had enough of the Great Wall of Credlin.
http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/federal-politics/cartoons/alan-moir-20090907-fdxk.html
David Rowe with some rather disturbing Melbourne Cup imagery.
http://www.afr.com/p/national/cartoon_gallery_david_rowe_1g8WHy9urgOIQrWQ0IrkdO
David Pope is less than impressed with the amateurish FA efforts of Abbott and Mesma.
http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/federal-politics/cartoons/david-pope-20120214-1t3j0.html

BK
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Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

Very convincing Barnaby, very convincing.
http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/barnaby-joyce-says-rugby-league-expenses-were-official-business-20131105-2wzqs.html
Labor should play this for all it’s worth. Disgusting!
http://www.smh.com.au/business/murdoch-wants-his-pound-of-flesh-20131105-2wzhs.html
Not to be rude, but John, do us all a favour and piss off!
http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/the-claims-are-exaggerated-john-howard-rejects-predictions-of-global-warming-catastrophe-20131106-2wzza.html
Would there be any political (or other) favours buried in this?
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/new-barangaroo-proposal-shuffles-public-space-to-make-way-for-james-packers-casino-20131105-2wzqx.html
This may be an entertaining journey.
http://www.smh.com.au/national/david-hicks-lodges-us-military-court-bid-to-overturn-terrorism-charge-20131105-2wzqv.html
There’s so much to like about this outstanding family.
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/obeids-750000-legal-bill-family-reneges-on-guarantee-it-gave-law-firm-20131105-2wzjr.html
The facts will speak for themselves.
http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/cutting-greenhouse-gas-emissions-senate-plan-to-test-tony-abbotts-claims-20131105-2wzim.html
The OECD has already examined them.
http://www.smh.com.au/business/oecd-takes-aim-at-direct-action-plan-20131105-2wzgv.html
You’d better tread carefully, Tone!
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/05/opinion-poll-abbott-audit

Helen Sykes
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If you’re no fan of Rupert, follow William’s link at 1013.
Many thanks, William. I loved especially the bit about making the story up so that you can be quite sure of the facts.

imacca
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[in this case, he’s done nothing wrong except say things others disagree with.]

Meh. I find his mindlessly sycophantic cheerleader style repulsive.

Roger Miller
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1042 would be funny if it wasn’t so sad.

Rational Leftist
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Sean’s post in 1042 is him expressing an opinion. 99% of the shit he posts is annoying but, in this case, he’s done nothing wrong except say things others disagree with.

deblonay
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“Murdoch wants his pound of flesh ” says SMH
Abbott now under pressure

who’ suprised ?????
Murdoch has always been and will remain the Complete Bastard
and Great Monster of the World…a bigger media dictator than anyone since Dr Goebells

http://www.smh.com.au/business/murdoch-wants-his-pound-of-flesh-20131105-2wzhs.html

imacca
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Sean Tisme will always be a idiot. He is already posting bollocks and Abbott hasn’t actually done anything yet.

Except rip off bushfire victims compo, grovel overseas, ofend the Russians, appoint (LoL!) Bishop the Younger as FM,…….

zoidlord
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@Sean/1042

Not sure what you call getting things done without Parliament.

Sean Tisme
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Tony Abbott will be a brilliant PM, he is already getting things done and parliament hasn’t even sat yet.

Tom the first and best
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Tom the first and best

1040

Your point still remains a flippant dismissal of an article of with some actual point. Control of the New Jersey state legislature is not irrelevant.

Rational Leftist
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Nevertheless my point still remains

Tom the first and best
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Tom the first and best

1038

Glad to be of service.

Rational Leftist
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Gosh! Thanks Tom for letting us all know what my post was really about!

Tom the first and best
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Tom the first and best

1036

1034 was clearly a dismissive response to 1033.

Rational Leftist
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[The article linked to in 1033 is not about the governorship, it is about control of the state legislature.]

My post was about the governorships of NJ and VA, as well as the Mayorship of NYC.

Tom the first and best
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Tom the first and best

1034

The article linked to in 1033 is not about the governorship, it is about control of the state legislature.

Rational Leftist
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I wouldn’t waste my time with NJ. Christie will win that. VA is more interesting though, with the Democratic candidate likely to win. The main difference between the two (besides the fact that Christie’s an incumbent): Christie isn’t a far right tea party candidate and doesn’t see Democrats as the enemy he has to fight against to the bitter end, whereas the Republican candidate in Virginia is. Had they gone with a more sensible candidate in Virginia (which is one of the most middle ground states there is, although starting to trend more and more Democratic, due to the rural population dwindling in favour of the cities and DC suburbs) the Republicans could’ve had a better chance at winning the race.

NYC is interesting because a Democrat (and a left wing one at that) is set to be Mayor of that city for the first time since 1993 (despite the city’s strong Democratic lean.)

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