Brisbane Central by the booths, and the “Shy Tory Factor”

Written by Terry Flew on March 27, 2012

As discussed in my previous post, I am going to take a closer look at the booth counts for the inner Brisbane electorate of Brisbane Central in the recent Queensland state election.

The electorate runs from the Brisbane CBD along the Brisbane River to New Farm and Newstead on the east, goes to affluent Windsor in the north, and runs out to Newmarket and Kelvin Grove on the west. It includes such iconic inner Brisbane suburbs as Fortitude Valley, Spring

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Is the inner city becoming more conservative?

Written by Terry Flew on March 26, 2012

With the Liberal National Party landslide win in the March 24 Queensland state election, where the number of Australian Labor Party (ALP)-held seats in greater Brisbane went from 34 to 5, there is much talk of the sorts of unexpected seats no in LNP hands. Its certainly news that Ipswich and Logan are now held by the LNP, as well as every electorate north of the Brisbane River.

The idea that the outer suburban electorates in Brisbane are prone to

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Anti-suburbanism at The Courier-Mail

Written by Terry Flew on March 21, 2012

Excellent article by Alan Davies in The Urbanist (available from Crikey site) about the typical media practice of blaming suburban life for social ills. In this case, it is Brisbane’s Courier-Mail attributing the unfortunate death of a mother and son to the anomie of suburban life:

The Courier Mail reported the death of a son and his elderly mother in their Brisbane home earlier this month under the headline “Left to die a lonely death in the suburbs”. Their bodies were

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