Valedictory Speech: Senator Sue Boyce (Lib-Qld)

Senator Sue Boyce has delivered her valedictory speech to the Senate, bringing to an end her 7-year parliamentary career.

Boyce

Boyce, a Liberal from Queensland, was first appointed to the Senate in 2007 to replace Santo Santoro, who had resigned over undeclared shareholdings. She was elected to a full term at the 2007 election. [Read more…]


(Not A) Valedictory Speech: Senator John Hogg (ALP-Qld)

The President of the Senate, Senator John Hogg, has delivered his valedictory speech, bringing to an end his 18-year parliamentary career.

Senator Hogg was first elected as a Labor member from Queensland at the 1996 federal election. He was re-elected in 2001 and 2007.

He was Deputy President of the Senate from 2002 and President from 2008. [Read more…]


Queensland Labor MP Defects To Greens

Ronan Lee, the ALP member for Indooroopilly in the Queensland Legislative Assembly, has quit the ALP and joined the Australian Greens.

Lee"Lee has been a Parliamentary Secretary in the Bligh government since last April.

Born in Ireland, Lee was first elected in 2001. [Read more…]


Peter Beattie To Step Down On Thursday

2.45pm – The Queensland Premier, Peter Beattie, has announced that he will step down on Thursday.

Peter Beattie, outgoing Labor Premier of QueenslandAt a press conference in Brisbane, Beattie said he looked forward to the election of Queensland’s first female Premier, Anna Bligh.

Beattie said it was “time for renewal”.

He will leave office as Queensland’s second longest-serving Labor Premier.

Beattie was first elected in 1998, as leader of a minority government.

He won handsome re-elections in 2001 and 2004.

Statement issued by Premier Peter Beattie.

“I have given a great deal of thought to Queensland’s future since my speech to the Party Conference in June and those considerations were taken into account at last Monday’s Strategic Cabinet Meeting.

“The Government has a strategy for the future and now we need new leadership to take Queensland forward. [Read more…]


Senator Ron Boswell (Nats-Qld) – Maiden Speech

Ron Boswell was first elected to the Senate as a Nationals member in March 1983.

Boswell went on to win re-election in 1984, 1987, 1990, 1996, 2001 and 2007. He retired on June 30, 2014, after serving for 31 years and 118 days. He is currently the sixth longest-serving member since the Senate was established in 1901.

Boswell served as Leader of the National Party of Australia (1990-2003) and Leader of The Nationals (2003-2007) in the Senate. He was Deputy Leader (2007-2008). [Read more…]