The letterbox is filling up with election material, corflute placards are springing up like mushrooms and the street corners and public spaces are overrun with political candidates spraining their wares.

Yes, we're off to the polls again with Campbell Newman springing a State election on us in the midst of the holiday season.

In this edition of the Westender enews we have candidate profiles of three of the four hopefuls aiming to represent South Brisbane in State Parliament. Notable by her absence is the LNP Candidate Fiona Ward whom, we are told, wishes to conduct a grass roots campaign and will not be available to the media.

Congratulations to Jan Bow, our industrious political commentator and citizen journalist for her efforts.

We also have details of two community forums planned for West End before the election - a Candidates Forum organised by the Kurilpa Futures Campaign on Wednesday 21st at Souths RLFC and a Politics in the Pub event being put on by the West End Community Association at the Loft in Boundary Street on Wed 28th January. We've also heard that 4ZZZ are putting on a community meeting at Kurilpa Hall and that Brisbane Free University have an Election Eve event planned. Can we have too much politics? Obviously not.

In other news, we're close to deciding on a Publication Schedule for 2015 with the first print edition to hit the streets late next month.

Let's hope the election campaign passes by without too much disruption and that we can get down to serious business of being Westenders again.

Cheers
The Editor

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Politics in the Pub - #QLDVOTES2015

With the State Election only weeks away, pundits have written off the Electorate of South Brisbane as a "safe" Labor seat. Australian politics, however, have undergone some seismic shifts lately, with the emergence of minor parties and independents holding the balance of power in the Senate. Will we ever get to the European situation where constantly changing coalitions of parties …Read more.

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Know your Candidate - Karel Boele - #QLDVOTES2015

Know your Candidate - Karel Boele - #QLDVOTES2015

South Brisbane voters may be familiar with Karel Boele from his candidacy in the Griffith by-election in Feburary 2014. This is the first time he has contested a State seat. When I first met Karel Boele (pronounced “Bulla”) he did not have a permanent home in the electorate, in fact he was staying with friends. He has since bought a …Read more.

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Know your Candidate - Jackie Trad #QLDVOTES2015

Know your Candidate - Jackie Trad #QLDVOTES2015

Jackie Trad was elected as the Member for South Brisbane at the 28 April 2012 by-election, following the resignation of long standing member and former Premier, Anna Bligh. In her maiden term, Ms. Trad has been Shadow Minister across multiple portfolios including Transport and Main Roads, Environment and Heritage Protection, Small Business, Consumer Affairs and The Arts. Background Ms. Trad …Read more.

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Know your Candidate - Jonathan Sri - #QLDVOTES2015

Know your Candidate - Jonathan Sri - #QLDVOTES2015

Jonathan Sri (his friends call him Jo) is something of a renaissance man. He is a musician and a poet. He has studied law and journalism, and he has just completed his first novel which he describes as speculative fiction (the election has interrupted his hunt for a publisher). He speaks an Indigenous language, has worked in land rights, volunteers  Read more.

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Terry White

Know your Electorate - South Brisbane #QLDVOTES2015

For those of us who don’t think there is life outside of the West End, it is useful to be reminded that the South Brisbane electorate also takes in Annerley, Dutton Park, East Brisbane, Highgate Hill, Kangaroo Point, Woolloongabba, and parts of Greenslopes and Coorparoo. The Electorate takes in major Brisbane hospitals as well as the arts and cultural precincts, …Read more.

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Focus on High Density Development

Focus on High Density Development

Local community group Kurilpa Futures Campaign has invited all candidates for the Electorate of South Brisbane to attend a community meeting next week to state their policies and attitudes to a number of contentious election issues. Major matters for discussion include: State Government support for development proposals for 11,000 new residents to be housed in 54, 12-40 story tower blocks …Read more.

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The realm of the screen

In 1900, mathematician David Hilbert challenged the Second International Congress of Mathematicians in Paris by identifying a dozen unsolved problems that would shape the mathematics of the century to come. A number of them concerned the structure and integrity of mathematics itself, attempting to determine if it was completely consistent and other logical challenges that overlapped with philosophy and physics. …Read more.

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Crunch time for Queensland, says Drew

Crunch time for Queensland, says Drew

Lock the Gate Alliance President, Drew Hutton says the coming State Election is the most important yet for Queensland’s survival or demise. “Queenslanders’ food bowls, clean water and air are being trashed by politicians and big business, especially the mining industry,” Mr Hutton said. “This is our chance to say ‘enough is enough’ of the indiscriminate coal seam gas and …Read more.

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