Author Archives: Mike Smith

20 Years Ago Today

The_Oz_19970830_smallTwenty years ago today was a tough Northern Territory Election Day, 30 August 1997; read more about it here:






New Queensland Election Analysis

2018_qld_rauQueensland Premier Annastasia Palaszczuk has restated her intention the next State Election should happen in 2018.  In anticipation, blogger Ben Rau of The Tally Room has updated and published his seat by seat analysis.

Read about it via this link:



Teleconference Blues & How To Beat Them


Are you driven crazy by frustrating teleconferences? We spend a lot of time on teleconferences, including formal board and committee meetings, and these twelve tips can make the experience much more effective and pleasant: read all about them here





Lobbying: When Do I Go Political?

pexels-photo-277052-smallWhen should you make your business or community issue political?  “Never” is the answer from which you should start.

Read about why, here




On 8 August: Opportunity for Government, or for Litigation?

Australia’s Parliament House

Australia is supposed to have seventy-six Senators: right now we have no more than seventy-four, possibly only seventy-two, and possibly far fewer: when Parliament resumes on 8 August, expect political and legal fireworks. Read more here

Labor Prime Minister Ineligible?


Scott Ludlam

Scott Ludlam’s announcement he’s not eligible to be an Australian Senator opens up another really juicy question about a former Labor Prime Minister’s eligibility: read about it here:





Scott Ludlam & the Australian Senate: what happens now?


Scott Ludlam

Scott Ludlam’s announcement he’s not eligible to be a Senator throws up plenty of questions, but most commentators will get many facts wrong.

Here’s some fast facts:





Last Week in Queensland – 3 July 2017

last-week-logo-2-smallThe value of the Great Barrier Reef, a boxing match, and Gordon Nuttall’s superannuation dominated news last week in Queensland: read everything here


Last Week in Queensland – 26 June 2017

last-week-logo-2-smallLast week in Queensland, Paul Pisisale’s arrest, a boxing match, and the Premier’s trade mission to the US, dominated news – read all about it here


Last Week in Queensland – 19 June 2017


Treasurer Curtis Pitt

The State budget dominated Queensland media in the first half of last week, as did attacks under Parliamentary privilege on the integrity of Paul Pisisale, and the labelling of Caboolture as Australia’s dole bludger capital.  Read all about it here