The NSW by-election for the state seat of Upper Hunter was yet another warning that Federal Labor will stay in the doldrums as long its climate-action policy opposes coal mining. Labor was not going to win the seat, which it hasn’t held in a hundred years. However, the 7 per cent fall in Labor’s vote to 21.2 per cent was the third consecutive decline in the Hunter region over the last three state and federal elections. Even the sex scandal that precipitated the by-election had little impact on the result, compared with voters’ concerns about Labor’s anti-coal policy, reflecting deep discontent over Labor policies in mining seats.
By Katherine Treadaway In mid-May, the Palaszczuk Government introduced a Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill into the Queensland Parliament. I’ve always had grave doubts about euthanasia bills. We’ve seen one pass in Victoria, Western Australia and in several countries around the world. When I heard the news, I was horrified because the Queensland Bill allows not just physical but also “mental suffering” caused by a terminal illness to make a person eligible for euthanasia. You see, a year and a half ago, one of my best friends took his own life at the age of 21.