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The Bjelkemander – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 12th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Bjelkemander – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Australian Labor Party, Campaigning, Democracy, Means and Ends, Politics, Power

How bad then was the Bjelkemander in comparative terms? One means of measuring this is by the Dauer-Kelsay Index which calculates the absolute smallest percentage of electors which, in theory, could elect the government. The 1972 Queensland redistribution measured 44.9% on the Dauer-Kelsay Index, compared with a theoretically perfect redistribution of slightly over 50%. (This […]

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We Feed the Gerrymander at 3PM – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 9th, 2012 · Comments Off on We Feed the Gerrymander at 3PM – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Journalism, Newspapers, Politics, Queensland, Quotes, The Media

Once when (Callaghan) took a Sydney journalist to lunch the bewildered man asked a question about electorate sizes that Callaghan did not like. “Separate cheques please waiter,” he quipped. “Anyway we feed the gerrymander at 3PM.”

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Callaghan and Journalists – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 9th, 2012 · Comments Off on Callaghan and Journalists – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Journalism, Newspapers, Politics, Queensland, Quotes, The Media

(Callaghan) answered the phone (to journalists) like an officer to a corporal: “Speak, it’s your ten cents,” Callaghan would say, or, before you spoke, “we deny everything”. “What do you want, a medal”? was another favourite Callaghan opener in conversations with journalists, not matter how important. Reporters who asked about the Queensland Gerrymander received more […]

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